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Ernest J. Moniz

United States Secretary of Energy
Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Emeritus

Ernest J. Moniz is the United States Secretary of Energy and the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Emeritus. He is also former director of the MIT Energy Initiative and former director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at MIT, where he has served on the faculty since 1973. He served as Head of the Department of Physics and as Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. His research focus is energy technology and policy, including a leadership role in MIT interdisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas, and solar energy in a low-carbon world.

Dr. Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy from 1997 until January 2001 and, from 1995 to 1997, as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. At DOE, he had oversight of the science and energy programs, led a comprehensive review of nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, and served as the Secretary’s special negotiator for Russian nuclear materials disposition programs.

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 honorary doctorates from the University of Athens, the University of Erlangen-Nurenberg, and Michigan State University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and received the 1998 Seymour Cray HPCC Industry Recognition Award for vision and leadership in advancing scientific simulation.


Ernest J. Moniz featured on MIT World videos:

Energy for the Coming Decades: Trends and Technologies
Steven E. Koonin
– September 22, 2005

> Oil, Security, Environment, Technology – June 5, 2004

Selected Publications:

Selected Publications by Ernest J. Moniz

Related News:

Ernest Moniz participates in panel discussion on clean energy at the 2012 Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York – “Browner, Krupp, Kandel, Moniz on Energy Efficiency” (video) Bloomberg – March 20, 2012

Moniz quoted in article about Copenhagen climate change conference MIT News – February 10, 2010

Prof. Moniz named to Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
Read press release from Department of Energy here.

Moniz mentioned as one of the members of President Obama's new energy panels The New York Times – January 29, 2010

Ernest Moniz featured in an article on Google's recent energy innovation event / Reuters – December 2, 2009

Moniz quoted in MIT News Office story on liquid battery project MIT News Office – November 19, 2009

Ernest Moniz provides introductory remarks for President Obama’s clean energy address (webcast)

Ernest Moniz quoted in articles about carbon capture project The Los Angeles Times – August 12, 2009 and The Washington Post – August 11, 2009

Ernest Moniz and recent MITEI research report on coal plants MIT News Office – June 19, 2009

New York Times article about MIT report on carbon capture; Ernest Moniz quoted (June 19, 2009) Also, similar coverage on Wall Street Journal Environmental Capital blog

Ernest Moniz and recent MITEI research report on coal plants (MIT News Office)

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Ernest J. Moniz

Contact info:

Ernest J. Moniz

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Building E19-307D / 6-303
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617.253.7515
Fax: 617.253.8674
Email to: ejmoniz"at"

MIT Energy Initiative
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