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Susan Hackwood | Executive Director, California Council on Science and Technology

Current Position and Past Experience
Since 1995, Susan Hackwood has served as the Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology. She also serves as a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. From 2003-2005, Hackwood was a Visiting Scholar at the Anderson School of Management UCLA and at the California Institute of Technology. Following this, Hackwood became the Founding Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California Riverside, where she founded the Center for Environmental Research Technology. In 1984, Hackwood joined the University of California Santa Barbara as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Founding Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Robotic Systems in Microelectronics (CRSM). Throughout her career, Hackwood has published over 150 technical publications and She co-founded and co-edited the Journal of Robotic Systems from 1984-2005.

Before working in the academic field, Hackwood served as the Department Head of Device Robotics Technology Research at AT&T Bell Labs where she invented and named the electrowetting effect used in micro devices.

Hackwood was the Chair of the AAAS on Science Engineering and Public Policy and the Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering. In the past, Hackwood has been the AAAS Engineering Delegate and is currently a Member of the AAAS Committee on Nominations. Since 2006, Hackwood has been a member of the IEEE Spectrum Editorial Board.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Hackwood earned her degree in Science from Demontfort University in the U.K. and her PhD from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the AAAS.

You can learn more about Susan Hackwood through CCST Website and through LinkedIn.