Jacqueline A. Isaacs

Acting Chair and Professor
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Northeastern University

Jacqueline A. Isaacs is Acting Chair and Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University and an Associate Director of the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) – a collaborative partnership among Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of New Hampshire. She leads the Responsible Manufacturing Research Thrust for the CHN. Her specific research focuses on economic and environmental assessment of manufacturing processes, most recently focused on nanomanufacturing. At CHN, her research group works on Life Cycle Assessment of various processes under development and assesses alternatives to uncover more environmentally benign processes or products. This work was initiated with an NSF grant to explore and compare process alternatives for the manufacture of carbon nanotubes. Her 1998 NSF Career Award was one of the first that focused on environmentally benign manufacturing. Dr. Isaacs also guides research on development and assessment of educational computer games. She received a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and S.M and Sc.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been recognized by Northeastern University, receiving the President’s Aspiration Award in 2005 and a University-wide Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000.