Jackie Ruller graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering and a Master of Science in Glass Science. Ruller has had a very diverse, technical career with experience in hands-on research, university interface and marketing, project management and intellectual property. Ruller started her career at the Naval Research lab where she spent four years doing research on optical materials. She is a co-author on over 15 publications, including a patent. Ruller then worked for GTS Duratek as a project manager in the area of remediation of hazardous and radioactive waste. She was located at the Catholic University in Washington, DC managing Department of Energy funded contracts to develop a process called Minimum Additive Waste Stabilization, in which radioactive waste is contained by incorporating the hazardous material into the glass structure. The next four years were spent at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Ruller worked as a patent examiner in the area of glass manufacturing. When she left the USPTO she obtained her registration number and became a patent agent. Ruller is currently the interim Assistant Dean, External Affairs at Kent State University in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. During her time at Kent State, she has implemented an internship program for the college and developed a co-op course that allows students to leave for a semester to work full time in their field of study while maintaining full time student status. She has worked to secure grants from the state of Ohio for internship development and infrastructure as well as capital equipment for the engineering programs in the college. She worked for two years as the Interim Director of the Applied Engineering programs. During that time, new majors were developed including the Mechatronics Engineering program which was offered for the first time in the fall of 2018. Her current focus is improving industry, governmental and campus partnerships. She served as the co-principle investigator when the college partnered with LaunchNet to host the first, collegiate aviation-themed hackathon, SkyHack in October 2017. During the planning of SkyHack, Ruller learned about and joined the Design Innovation Group (DIG) in 2017. Ruller is currently a member of the Dynamic Education and Engagement of Diverse Students (DEEDS), Undergraduate Research Committee, the Kent State Career Network (KSCN) and the Kent State University’s Patent and Copyright Board. She was recently invited to participate on the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (NEO) STEM committee. She is the recipient of the NEO LaunchNET 2018 University Partner award and a Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) alumna.
College of Aeronautics and Engineering
P.O. Box 5190 Kent, OH 44242-0001
800 E. Summit St. Kent, OH 44242
Aeronautics and Technology Building (ATB), 1400 Lefton Esplanade, Kent, Ohio 44242