Esteemed engineer returning to Riverhead to speak with students


Esteemed engineer Marshall Jones, a native of Riverhead, will return home to give a presentation to district students at Riverhead High School Friday and Monday.

Dr. Jones, who has worked as a mechanical engineer at GE Global Research since 1974, has spent most of his career addressing laser material processing, laser device development and fiber optics. He has developed 49 U.S. patents, 31 foreign patents, and over 45 publications, according to a district press release.

Dr. Jones, who received both his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, has received many community and technical awards including the GE Phillippe Award  for community service in 1992 and the 2007 Arthur Schawlow Award (the Laser Institute of America’s highest technical achievement award).

The district said he will “bring his message of hope and the importance of persistently following one’s dreams and aspirations to the district’s fourth graders, middle school students, high school physics, math 12, calculus and Council for Unity students” with his presentations Friday and Monday.

“These students will have a unique opportunity to speak with Dr. Jones and hear his inspiring message of how with the help of a teacher he overcame learning difficulties as an elementary student at Aquebogue and went on to become a top tier scientist for GE Global Research,” the district release states.

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