Marshall Jones to present engineering talk for Martin Luther King week celebration

DURHAM, N.C. -- Mechanical engineer Marshall Jones will present an inspirational talk as part of Duke's celebration of Martin Luther King week on Wed. Jan. 19, 2004 from 4:00 to 5:30 in the Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences, Auditorium B.

Jones, a Ph.D. African American mechanical engineer, is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Coolidge Fellow at GE Global Research. Jones' talk is sponsored by the Pratt School of Engineering.

Jones' presentation will highlight his life journey from childhood growing up on a duck ranch on Eastern Long Island to being a respected researcher in laser technology at GE’s prestigious Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York. The journey will touch on his experiences with education, athletics, and being an engineer. These experiences will address some of the obstacles he overcame during this journey and how certain individuals lent a hand of encouragement and instilled in Marshall to “Never Give Up.” The title of the presentation is the title of a self-published children’s book.

Jones earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1965. He earned his MS in 1972 and his Ph.D. in 1974 in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1965 to 1969. Dr. Jones joined General Electric Corporate Research and Development in 1974. He was Manager of the Laser Technology Program from 1981 to 1985 and is presently a project leader in laser technology. He holds 37 US Patents. In 1982, he was a member of an International Industrial Study Mission to Japan on Laser Technology. In 1985, Dr. Jones' research on laser/fiber optic/robot systems was voted one of the nation's top 100 innovations of the year by Science Digest Magazine. He received the 1986 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts. In 1987, he was awarded the Chancellor's Medal from the University of Massachusetts. In 1990, he was elected a Senior Member of the Laser Institute of America (LIA).

In 1994, Dr. Jones received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for “Outstanding Technical Contribution in Industry,” and was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He received the 1995 Distinguished Achievement Award for Professional and Community Service from the University of Massachusetts. In 1997, he received ASME’s Dedicated Service Award. In 1998, he received the American Welding Society’s Prof. Dr. Rene Wasserman Memorial Award. In 1999, Dr. Jones received the National Society of Black Engineers Pioneer of the Year Golden Torch Award. In 2000, he received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for “Outstanding Alumnus Achievement.”

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