Lisa M. Marshall

Extension Assistant Professor | Director of Outreach, Retention & Engagement

Director, NEO Research Group
Co-PI, US Department of Energy, NC Consortium for Consent-Based Siting
Nuclear Engineering Coordinator of Advising
Associate Director of the Undergraduate Program

Vice-President/President-elect, American Nuclear Society

Chair, NC State University Association of Women Faculty
Co-Director, NC State Study Abroad Program in Engineering & Social Sciences
Steering Committee Member, NC State Engineering Broadening Participation & Inclusion (BPI)

Member, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Global Forum Working Groups

  • Achieving gender equity in the nuclear engineering and technology and academic workforce
  • Rethinking the relationship between nuclear energy and society 


Lisa Marshall is the inaugural assistant extension professor & director of outreach, retention & engagement in NC State Nuclear Engineering and is responsible for pre-college through graduate level initiatives. She teaches courses at the first-year engineering level – Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving as well as Engineering in the 21st Century. She developed and teaches an upper-level Energy Geographies course. She is a scholarship/fellowship reviewer at the national through department level as well as the departmental alumni relations and global student experiences lead.

Professor Marshall leads the NEO Research Group, a multi-university set of scholars focused on engagement initiatives to introduce, attract, and retain students in the STEM field with a focus on nuclear science & technology. Broadly, her research work is in the areas of energy geography, (nuclear) engineering education, (inter)national co-curricular scholarship, geographic information systems (GIS), as well as STEM education for women and under-served populations.

She is the recipient of the 2022 ANS Social Responsibility in the Nuclear Community, 2022 ANS Presidential Citation (Education, Scholarship & Diversity), 2020 ANS Young Members Advancement Award, 2020 NC State Engineering Champion for Women Award, 2019 NC State Outstanding Engagement Award, 2009 ANS Landis Public Communications & Education Award and was inducted into Sigma Xi, a scientific research society. She currently holds executive positions in the American Nuclear Society (ANS). She has held positions in the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) & the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and remains an active member of both organizations.

Lisa is completing her PhD in Higher Education – Opportunity, Equity & Justice, focus in engineering, holds a master’s degree in geography with a specialization in energy geography, a graduate certificate in geographic information systems (GIS) and has completed requirements for the graduate certificate in engineering education (spring 2022).

At the end of the June 2023 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Annual Conference, Marshall assumed the position of vice- president/ president. She is the first Black female VP/President-elect for the Society. Dr. J. Ernest Wilkins Jr. was the 20th president of the Society in 1974-75.


Assistant Extension Professor & Director of Outreach, Retention and Engagement, NC State Nuclear Engineering

Faculty co-adviser, NC State Nuclear Engineering American Nuclear Society (ANS), Women in Nuclear (WiN) & Graduate Student Association (GSA) Student Chapters

2014-2020 Educational Outreach Director, US DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)-funded Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC)

2011-12 Educational Advisory Committee Member, US DOE-funded Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL)


Educational Videos/Curriculum (future), X-Energy team of APRA-E project named GEMINA
Instructional Video, 2021 IAEA Workshop (40-minute)
Educational Video, 2021 ANS Student Conference (40-minute)
NC State Nuclear Brochure
2-minute & 5-minute Departmental Spotlights
2019-2020 Senior Design Presentations
2020 Graduation Student Moments
Departmental News (stories & photos)
Departmental Fact Sheet

Select On-Campus Roles…

         Chair, NC State’s Association for Women Faculty (AWF)
         Steering Committee Member, NC State College of Engineering Broadening Participation & Inclusion (BPI)
         Working Advisory Council Member, NC State’s Women in Science & Engineering
         Committee Member, NC State Fellowship Advising Office
         Faculty Mentor
                       NC State Global Perspective Certificate Program
                       NC State Grand Challenges Scholars Program
                       NC State Pack Promise
NC State Park Scholars Scholarship Committee
        Career Identity Advocate/Coach, Green Zone Veteran Advocate, GLBT Advocate
        Lead/Adviser, Fellowships & Scholarships – (inter)national & industry at university, college, department levels
        Former Judge, NC State Student Conduct Board
        Former Chair, NC State Council on the Status of Women

Select Off-Campus Roles…

Vice President/President-elect, American Nuclear Society (ANS), 2023-
Co-coordinator, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Lisa Meitner Early Professional Program Workshop, June 2023
Chair, ANS Special Committee on K-12 Education, 2023-
Member, North Carolina Nuclear Advisory Council, 2023-
Co-Chair, NC Nuclear Industry Work Force Development Committee, 2023-
Member, National Nuclear Engineering Department Communicators’ Group, 2020 – present
Vice Chair, American Nuclear Society (ANS) External Affairs Committee, 2020 – present
Advisory Board Member, Virginia Commonwealth University, Nuclear Engineering Program, 2022/23 – present
Board of Advisers,
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Department of Nuclear Engineering, 2017 – present
Co-Founder & Former Co-Vice Chair, Diversity & Inclusion in ANS (DIA), ongoing member
, ANS Development Committee, 2019 – present
Member, ANS Radiation Rapid Response Team, 2019 – present
Program Chair, ANS Education Training, Workforce & Development Division (ongoing, past division chair)
Member, Region II Communications Committee Member, US Women in Nuclear
Reviewer, National, Regional & University Fellowship & Scholarship Committees
Technical Reviewer, Journal for Women & Minorities in Technology, 2019 – present
Reviewer, ANS, ongoing
Reviewer, national fellowship programs, ongoing

Former Co-Chair, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2020-2023 (co-led strategic plan development)
Former Board of Advisers,
NSF-funded AAG ALIGNED Project
Former Board of Directors, American Nuclear Society, 2017-2020
Former Advisory Review Panel Member, US Department of Energy, Harnessed Atom (STEM curriculum for teachers & students)
Former Ad-Honorem Faculty, NC State Summer Program in Engineering & Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaquez
Former Board Member, Canadian Research Institute on the Advancement of Women (CRAIW)
Former Advisory Board Member, Carleton University Presidential Advisory Council of Human Rights
Former Advisory Board Member, Carleton University Presidential Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Conference Roles…

Technical Committee Member, 2023 ANS Conference on Nuclear Training and Education (CONTE) Biennial International Forum (2017, 2019, 2022, 2023, 2025)

2021 Early Career Program Committee, SMiRT 26 (International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology 19/Toronto, 25/Charlotte)

Co-Adviser, 2021 ANS National Student Conference

Student Programs Committee Chair and Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member, 2021 ANS M&C: International Conference on Mathematics & Computational Methods

Organizing Committee, 2019 American Society of Engineering Education – Southeastern Conference (ASEE)

Select Papers/Presentations…

Marshall, Lisa (2023). “Recruitment and Retention of Women Experts in Nuclear Energy Sector: Challenges and Worldwide Initiatives” at the 30th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE) (invited panelist, pre-recorded).

Marshall, Lisa (2022). “Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Academia: perspectives on fostering community” at the Virginia Tech Department of Geography Colloquium, Blacksburg, VA (invited speaker).

Marshall, Lisa (2021). “Geographies of Energy – a course in socio-technical decision making” at the Executive Session on The Nuclear, Humanities, and Social Science Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities for Speaking Across the Disciplinary Divides, ANS Winter Meeting, Washington DC (invited panelist)

Marshall, Lisa (2021). “The 2nd Modern Nuclear ‘Renaissance’ in the Making? positioning nuclear, climate change, and infrastructure” at the University of the Philippine, Department of Geography Colloquium/Philippine Geographical Society Lecture Series (invited presenter).

Bottomley, Laura, Veronica Catete, Kanton Reynolds, Veronica Mbamane, Lisa Marshall, Angelitha Daniel, and Kimberly Pender (2021), “Developing Sustainable, Mutually Collaborative, Global Partnerships” at WEEF-GEDC 2021, World Engineering Education Forum, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies & The Global Engineering Deans Council.

Marshall, Lisa (2021). “Geographies of Energy – a course in socio-technical decision making” in Nuclear Technology, volume 207 no. 9, July 2021.

Marshall, Lisa (2020) “Engendering Success: educational outreach at NC State and beyond” at University of Tennessee at Knoxville Nuclear Engineering Colloquium, October 2020

Marshall, Lisa (2020). “Geography & Nuclear Technology” in American Nuclear Society (ANS) Nuclear News, volume 63, no. 10, September 2020

Marshall, Lisa et al (2020). “Thought Leaders on Capacity Factors and Nuclear Power” in ANS Nuclear News, Volume 63, no. 6, May 2020

Marshall, Lisa. (2019). “Energy Geographies: a course in socio-technical decision making”  at the Organization of Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), International Workshop on the Nuclear Social Science Nexus: challenges & opportunities for speaking across the disciplinary divide. (invited presenter)

Griffin, Clifford & Lisa Marshall (2019). “Creating a Sustainable International Program at NC State University”. 22nd Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education, Cincinnati Ohio, October 2019 (presenter)

Marshall, Lisa (2019) “Graduate School 101” at American Nuclear Society –Student Conferences (annually since 2013, workshop organizer & presenter)

Marshall, Lisa. “Nuclear Energy: Technical Overview & Global Implications” at Global Issues Seminar on Energy, Office of International Affairs, NC State University, Raleigh NC, December 2015 (presenter & moderator)

Marshall, Lisa. Public Perceptions of Nuclear Science in NC State’s Scholars’ Program Series “Research Unplugged”. NC State University, Raleigh NC, October 2014 (invited presenter)

Marshall, Lisa. Nuclear Engineering – gendered perspective for Women & Gender in Science & Technology course at NC State University, Raleigh NC, February 2013 (invited lecturer)

2022               American Nuclear Society (ANS) Social Responsibility in the Nuclear Community Award
2022               ANS Presidential Citation for Education, Scholarship & Diversity
2020               ANS Young Members Advancement Award
2020               NC State Engineering Champion for Women Award
2019               NC State Outstanding Engagement Award
2019               ANS Presidential Citation, Navigating Nuclear Subject Matter Expert Team
2017-18          NC State University, Barbara Solomon Advising Award Nominee
2009               ANS Landis Public Communications & Education Award
2006               NC State University, College of Engineering Award of Excellence

2020-21         NC State University, Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity, Inclusive Excellence Certificate
2021              NC State University, Career Identity Advocate & Coach
2019              NC State University, Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity, Equal Opportunity Institute Program
2019              NC State University, Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity, GLBT Advocate Program
2018              NC State University, Green Zone Program (veteran & military)
2003              University of North Carolina (UNC) System, BRIDGES, Academic Leadership Program

Journal for Women and Minorities in Science & Technology
Professional Geographer


PhD in progress

Higher Education, Opportunity, Equity & Justice - engineering focus

NC State University

Graduate Certificate completed requirements

Engineering Education

NC State University

Master completed

Energy Geography

UNC at Chapel Hill

Graduate Certificate completed

Geographic Information Systems

NC State University

Research Description

Engineering education | energy geography | geospatial information science (GIS) | diversity, equity & inclusion in STEM | science policy | strategic enrollment management (SEM) for undergraduate & graduate programs