France L. Jackson ’11, M. ’13, Ph.D. ’18, Human-Centered Computing (University of Florida)

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized France L. Jackson of Hillsboro, OR as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Jackson is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship which allowed her the opportunity to earn her Bachelor’s and Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering degrees from Clemson University. She is one of only two African-American women to be the first to obtain a Ph.D. in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida.

Jackson is employed by Intel supporting global projects that affect how we experience technology daily by creating and testing innovative software experiences that are optimized for Intel Architecture. She has served on projects such as Hands 2 Love, utilizing her knowledge and skills to help children with congenital upper limb differences participate in sports that are drone-powered. As a STEM advocate, France participates with several organizations that help expose girls and underrepresented minorities to STEM careers.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.