PTCOG 57’S Keynote Speaker to Share a Singular Perspective on the Important Science and Technology Challenges of Today
Ernest J. Moniz 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. Dr. Moniz strengthened the Department of Energy (DOE) strategic partnership with its 17 national laboratories, many of which have a connection to medical therapy techniques, and with the Department of Defense and the broader national security establishment. He produced analytically based energy policy proposals that attracted bipartisan support and implementing legislation, led an international initiative that placed energy science and technology innovation at the center of the global response to climate change, and negotiated alongside the secretary of state the historic Iran nuclear agreement.
Dr. 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 has been named co-chairman of the board of directors and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit organization that has advanced innovative solutions for securing nuclear materials, building international cooperation for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, preventing the spread of disease, and reducing radiological threats.
At MIT, Dr. Moniz was the founding director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. Dr. Moniz was also head of the MIT Department of Physics during 1991–1995 and 1997 and director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center from 1983 to1991. His physics research centered on developing the theoretical framework for understanding intermediate energy electron and meson interactions with atomic nuclei. Since 2001, his primary research focus has been energy technology and policy, including a leadership role in MIT multidisciplinary technology and policy studies addressing pathways to a low-carbon world (The Future of Nuclear Power, of Coal, of Natural Gas, and of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle). These studies had significant impact on energy policy and programs.
A recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees; holding positions on the board of directors of both publicly traded and private companies, he has a singular perspective about the role of government and industry in the stewardship of science and technology that will serve the United States. The theme of PTCOG57 is “Translating Science and Technology into Cancer Cures” and what better individual to put into perspective the challenges of science and technology at a National and International level.