Jacob L. Jones is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Analytical Instrumentation Facility at North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh, NC. Jones received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1999 and 2001, then a PhD in Materials Engineering from Purdue in 2004. Jones received an international postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation to pursue postdoctoral research at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia from 2004-2006. Prior to joining NC State in 2013, Jones was an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida (UF) from 2006-2013.
Since 2004, Jones has published over 120 papers (23 in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society) and delivered over 80 invited presentations. He has received numerous national and international research awards including a National Science Foundation CAREER award (2007), a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2009), and the IEEE Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award (2011).
In ACerS, Jones is a member of the Basic Science and Electronics Divisions, is Treasurer of the Florida Section of ACerS, and is Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. In 2010 and 2012, papers authored by Jones and his group received the Edward C. Henry “Best Paper” awards from the Electronics Division. As Program Chair of the Basic Science Division in 2010, Jones co-created and co-organized the inaugural Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA) meeting. Jones’ current research interests span ceramic materials, electromechanics, and crystallography. His research mainly develops structure-property-processing relationships in emerging functional materials through the use of X-ray and neutron scattering tools and techniques for in situ characterization. The primary materials under investigation include piezoelectric, ferroelectric, and multiferroic crystals, thin films, and ceramics.