Marshall Jones, Principal Engineer in Manufacturing & Materials Technologies, is being featured on a window sign developed by Price Chopper for February’s Black History Month.
Marshall is one of six African American pioneers highlighted on the sign, which will be posted on all of Price Chopper’s 128 stores in the northeast during February. “Price Chopper is familiar with my work and community service through multiple interactions,” Marshall said. “They reached out to me when they were developing a scholarship for their African American interns, I have served on a board of directors with one of their vice presidents, and they are aware of my involvement with numerous educational initiatives focused on youth.”
For the love of learning
These educational initiatives focus on inspiring students to consider STEM careers, to meet obstacles head on and never give up, and to have students recognize that if they do what they love, the likelihood of their success will be greatly enhanced. He has presented to students as young as kindergarten, has mentored students who have been in graduate school, and has been a featured speaker at youth-focused programs for all ages in between. “As someone who struggled with education early in my life, I understand how challenging it can be,” Marshall said. “So one of my goals has always been to inspire youth to strive to achieve, no matter what it takes. And I know that I’m accomplishing that goal by the positive feedback that I’ve received.”
Marshall is one of the world’s foremost authorities in the field of laser material processing and has received numerous accolades for his research and community involvement.
His many awards and honors include receipt of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) Innovation Award for Laser Applications in Manufacturing Operations (2011), the Arthur Schawlow Award, Laser Institute of America highest achievement award (2007), the Mechanical Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan (2004), election to the National Academy of Engineering (2001), selection as the GE Global Research Coolidge Award recipient (2001), the Pioneer of the Year Golden Torch Award of the National Society of Black Engineers (1999), the Dedicated Service Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1997), a Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) (1985), and GE’s prestigious Phillippe Award for outstanding community service (1992).
Marshall earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Laser Institute of America. He holds 53 US patents and 31 foreign patents, and has more than 45 publications to his credit.
Marshall also is the subject of a self-published children’s book, Never Give Up: The Marshall Jones Story, to inspire and encourage underrepresented youth to pursue their dreams.