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Ernest J. Moniz

Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems

Director, MIT Energy Initiative Director, Laboratory for Energy and the Environment

Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems

Director, MIT Energy Initiative Director, Laboratory for Energy and the Environment

Ernest J. Moniz
Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems  
Director, MIT Energy Initiative
Director, Laboratory for Energy and the Environment

Trained as a theoretical physicist, Ernest Moniz focused his early research in nuclear, energy, and particle physics. But after serving as undersecretary of the Department of Energy and as associate director for science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC, Professor Moniz’s research interests shifted toward energy policy. He was appointed US Secretary of Energy in May 2013.


Highlights of this interview include:

  • Facing the perfect storm of energy challenges; meeting demand, minimizing security risk, and combating climate change.
  • Identifying low-cost energy changes that need to be made in the next 10 years.
  • A likely timetable for future renewable energy resources, including nuclear, wind, solar, and geothermal.
  • Why the energy industry will lead the way in supporting new energy technologies.
  • Benefits of industry-academe and government-academe collaboration.
  • Directing the Bates Linear Accelerator Center.

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