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The Honorable Ernest J. Moniz

Ernest J. Moniz served as the 13th United States Secretary of Energy. He is the MIT Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus.

The Honorable Ernest J. Moniz

The Honorable Ernest J. Moniz, Ph.D, served as the 13th United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017. As Secretary, he advanced energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, cutting-edge capabilities for the American scientific research community, and environmental stewardship. He strengthened the Department of Energy (DOE) strategic partnership with its 17 national laboratories and with the Department of Defense and the broader national security establishment. Specific accomplishments included producing analytically based energy policy proposals that attracted bipartisan support and implementing legislation, leading an international initiative that placed energy science and technology innovation at the center of the global response to climate change, and negotiating alongside the Secretary of State the historic Iran nuclear agreement.

Moniz served on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty from 1973 until becoming Secretary of Energy in 2013 and is now the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus and Special Advisor to the MIT President. He is co-chairman of the board of directors and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

He previously served in government as DOE Under Secretary from 1997 until January 2001 with science, energy, and nuclear security responsibilities and from 1995 to 1997 as associate director for science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy with responsibility for the physical, life, and social sciences. He was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and of the Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013.

At MIT, Moniz was the founding director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. He was also head of the MIT Department of Physics during 1991-1995 and 1997 and director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center from 1983-1991.

Moniz received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and holds eight honorary doctorates. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council. He is a fellow of the American Physics Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Honorable Ernest J. Moniz