Jacqueline A. Isaacs, Professor
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Currently, I work with the Center
for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN)
and lead the research thrust on societal implications of nanotechnology.
CHN is an NSF funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), a
collaborative effort among several university partners (Northeastern
University, the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, the University of New
Hampshire, and Michigan State University) and the Boston Museum of Science. The
CHN was awarded one of two team Aspiration Awards at NU in 2005. Our collaborations on
societal implications have led to the formation of the Nanotechnology and
Society Research Group (NSRG), which works to
address the impact and ramifications of nanomanufacturing technology. As
the NU Education Coordinator for the CHN, I help to organize educational
opportunities for students at various levels of education. Our Center includes
summer research programs for teachers (RETs)
and for undergraduates (REUs).
The Museum of Science in Boston is partnered with CHN to teach K-12 students
about nanomanufacturing. The Boston MOS has a continuing partnership with
the Harvard NSEC, for which many learning modules
on nanomaterials have been created, and MOS has been selected to
lead the Nanoscale Informal Science and Engineering (NISE) Network - to engage
the public in issues related to nanotechnology .
My research pursuits at Northeastern University, funded initially by a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, have focused on environmental and economic issues in advanced materials processing. This is my continued research focus within the CHN - to review the Life Cycle Assessment of the various processes under development and to assess any alternatives to find a more environmentally benign process or product. This work was initiated with an NSF grant (NER) grant to explore and compare process alternatives for the manufacture of carbon nanotubes. The issues related to these types of investigations in the auto industry are discussed in an article in the Northeastern University Magazine. This field of research has evolved to be called "Environmentally Benign Design and Manufacturing". Research interests in powder metallurgy have connected me with efforts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where in 1997 I became an adjunct in the Metals Processing Institute (MPI).
I also lead a team of researchers (engineers, multimedia specialists, game designers, and educational assessors) who are working to redesign an educational game called Shortfall!. This game encourages students to role play in teams representing an automotive supply chain. They make decisions based on technological, economic and environmental tradeoffs within a production facility. This work is initiated with an NSF grant to assess the extent of learning through this interactive multimedia.
I maintain an affiliate position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Materials Systems Laboratory (MSL) within the Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development (CTPID), where I originally learned to develop analysis tools for decision making in this arena. Collaborations with departmental colleagues in the Industrial Engineering Group include the Laboratory for Responsible Manufacturing (LRM).
I am actively involved in improving teaching effectiveness through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a mentor in the Essential Teaching Seminar program. I have also been part of a team of NU faculty that worked to improve the overall educational experience of engineering freshmen through the GE Master Teacher Program. In 2000, I received a Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award, and remain dedicated to helping students learn.
During the 2005-2006 academic year, I will serve the university through participation on two committees that report to the Faculty Senate: the Ad Hoc Committee on the Calendar and the Special Committee on Faculty Development. The Ad Hoc Committee on the Calendar is charged with determining the effectiveness of the recent calendar change to a semester-based system with two summer sessions. The Faculty Development Committee is charged with assessing the currency and usefulness of the TCEP evaluation system, and to recommend such changes as may be appropriate -- from relatively small changes involving individual questions and the current manner of processing the forms, to the replacement of the entire system by another, either by subscribing to another currently available system or by developing our own, proprietary system.
I serve the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering as a member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and of the Assessment Committee, which is responsible for preparation of the ABET Accreditation report.
M. Healy†, L. J. Dahlben†, and J. A. Isaacs, “Environmental Assessment of Single Wall Carbon Nanotube Processes”, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Special Issue in Nanotechnology, Vol. 12, Issue 3, 376-393, 2008.
Z. D. Ok†, J. C. Benneyan, and J. A. Isaacs, “Risk Analysis Modeling of Production Costs and Occupational Health Exposure of SWNT Manufacturing”, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Special Issue in Nanotechnology, Vol. 12, Issue 3, 411-434, 2008.
S-J. Tsai†, E. Ada1†, J. A. Isaacs, and M. J. Ellenbecker, “Airborne Nanoparticle Exposures Associated with the Manual Handling of Nanoalumina in Fume Hoods”, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, DOI 10.1007/s11051-008-9459-z, July, 2008.
D. M. Qualters, J. A. Isaacs, T. P. Cullinane, J. Laird, A. McDonald, and J. Corriere†, “Shortfall: An Educational Game on Environmental Issues in Supply Chain Management”, International Journal of Scholarship and Teaching and Learning, Vol. 2, No. 2, July, 2008.
D. M. Qualters, T. C. Sheahan, and J. A. Isaacs, “An Electronic Advice Column to Foster Teaching Culture Change”, To Improve the Academy, Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD), Vol. 24, 201-216, 2006.