Susan Hackwood is interviewed at the STEM Summit 2012.
Susan Hackwood is currently Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology, and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. CCST is a not-for-profit corporation comprised of 150 science and technology leaders sponsored by the key academic and federal research institutions in the California, which advises the state on all aspects of science and technology including stem cell research, intellectual property, climate change, energy, information technology, biotechnology and education.
Dr. Hackwood received a Ph.D. in Solid State Ionics in 1979 from DeMontfort University, UK, at age 23. Before joining academia, she was Department Head of Device Robotics Technology Research at AT&T Bell Labs, where amongst other things, she invented and named the electrowetting effect, now used in many micro devices and continuing to be researched and utilized in an increasing number of applications. In 1984 she joined the University of California, Santa Barbara as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and was founder and Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Robotic Systems in Microelectronics (CRSM).
In 1990, Dr. Hackwood became the founding Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, and the first woman dean of a major research university in the U.S.