2017 Hottel Lecture: "The Clean Energy Transformation"
Friday, December 08, 2017 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Building 34, 34-101
50 VASSAR ST, Cambridge, MA 02139
Speaker: Ernest J. Moniz, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Emeritus, and Special Advisor to the MIT President
A low carbon energy system transformation is needed within a generation to reach an acceptable balance between climate change mitigation and adaptation. Meeting this challenge will require synergistic technology, policy and business model innovation. Pathways to the clean energy future will be explored.
Ernest J. Moniz served as the thirteenth 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 placed energy science and technology innovation at the center of the global response to climate change and negotiated the Iran nuclear agreement alongside the Secretary of State.
Dr. Moniz joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty in 1973 and was Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative. He is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus and Special Advisor to the MIT President. He served on Boards of numerous companies, non-profits and government agencies in the energy and security arenas.
Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and eight honorary doctorates. He received the Distinguished Public Service Medal of the Department of Defense.