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Introducing Dr. Mark Jackson, the New Department Head of Engineering Technology

A native of Liverpool in the U.K., Dr. Jackson began his engineering career in 1983.  He received an Ordinary National Diploma in Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Dr. Jackson continued his studies and conducted research at Liverpool gaining a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.  He subsequently became materials technologist and technical manager at Unicorn Abrasives’ Central Research and Development Laboratory. 

Dr. Jackson then accepted a research fellowship at the world-famous Cavendish Laboratory in the University of Cambridge working with Professor John Field, on impact and friction of diamond and related materials before becoming a lecturer in engineering at the University of Liverpool. At Liverpool, Dr. Jackson established research in the field of micromachining and nanomachining and attracted research contracts in excess of $10 million.

In 2002, Dr. Jackson became associate professor at Tennessee Technological University and a faculty associate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He continued his research, and teaching and engagement activities, by joining Purdue University in 2004 becoming Associate Department Head for Research in 2010.  For his applied research, he was awarded the University Faculty Scholarship at Purdue and subsequently joined Saint-Gobain Corporation as Research Leader.  In 2011, he created a new product development strategy for the field of machining science.  After working as a Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Jackson began his duties as Professor and Department Head of Engineering Technology at K-State Salina on July 1, 2013.  He is a McCune and Middlekauff Endowed Chair at Kansas State University, Salina.

Dr. Jackson’s focus for the Engineering Technology is to engage with the local community in ways that will increase economic growth and prepare the next generation of engineers.

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