Dr. Jacqueline Isaacs was appointed Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in July 2021. Prior to this appointment, she served as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering since 2019, previously serving as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs within the College of Engineering from 2017 until 2019 and as Acting Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from January 2012 through August 2013. As Interim Dean, Jackie led the college to achieve numerous strategic and hiring goals. She is a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and holds a position as an Associate Director of the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) and an affiliation with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
Since joining Northeastern in 1995, Professor Isaacs has focused her research pursuits on assessment of the regulatory, economic, environmental, and ethical issues facing the development of nanomanufacturing and other emerging technologies. Her 1998 NSF Career Award is one of the first that focused on environmentally benign manufacturing. She led the Responsible Manufacturing Research Thrust and managed several aspects of education and outreach for the CHN from 2004-2014. She was also a founding member of the Nanotechnology and Society Research Group at Northeastern. Professor Isaacs has authored over 135 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings.
Professor Isaacs is a member of the inaugural class of ELATE Fellows in 2012. She has been recognized by Northeastern University, receiving a University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000, the President’s Aspiration Award in 2005, a College of Engineering Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2015, and a College of Engineering Dean’s Meritorious Service Award in 2021. She has served as the STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting Diversity and Excellence) committee chair since 2010.