As department head, Prof. Jackson brings significant academic experience to the department. Before joining CSM in 2013, Jackson was a faculty member for 15 years at the University of Maryland in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and their campus-wide Energy Research Center. At the University of Maryland, Dr. Jackson served as Associate Director of the Energy Research Center and led active research programs in fuel cell systems, catalysis, and other energy conversion applications. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University where he performed research on liquid fuel combustion. After his Ph.D., he worked at Precision Combustion Inc. from 1993-1997 where he led research and development efforts on catalytic reactors for low-NOx combustion and on catalytic ignition for various applications.