2018 Hottel Lecture: Climate change and how we can shift to a sustainable future

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

32-123, 123 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University. He has published over 280 papers in atomic physics, polymer physics, biophysics, biology, biomedical imaging, nanoparticle materials synthesis, batteries, and other energy technologies.  He holds 10 patents, and has 11 more patent filings since 2015.

Dr. Chu was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 2009 until the end of April 2013. As the first scientist to hold a Cabinet position and the longest serving Energy Secretary, he recruited outstanding scientists and engineers into the Department of Energy. He began several initiatives including ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy), the Energy Innovation Hubs, the annual Clean Energy Ministerial meetings in 2009, was personally tasked by President Obama to assist BP in stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil leak.

Dr. Chu is the co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping, and has received numerous other awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Sinica, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology, and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

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