Annette Jacobson received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1979, and worked for PPG from then until 1985, attaining the rank of senior research engineer. She returned to CMU and received her Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Ethel Casassa. In 1988, she became the director of the Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces Program, a joint program between the Mellon College of Science and the College of Engineering, Carnegie Institute of Technology. She is currently teaching professor of Chemical Engineering, and associate dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering.

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1988 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

1979 BS, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests

Media mentions

Chemical Engineering

Engineering the face of cosmetics

When cosmetics companies are looking for world-class chemists and chemical engineers for formulating cosmetics, they turn to Carnegie Mellon’s Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces (CPS) program.

The Wall Street Journal

Jacobson quoted on recruiting women into STEM programs

Annette Jacobson comments in WSJ on increasing the number of women enrolling in major STEM programs.

CMU Engineering

Annette Jacobson talks STEM with PBS Newshour

Chemical Engineering Professor Annette Jacobson has published an op-ed in PBS Newshour on the unintended consequences of our all-STEM-all-the-time approach to pre-college education.