The 2019 William D. Carey Lecture was presented by Dr. Ernest J. Moniz, the president and chief executive officer of the Energy Futures Initiative.
About Dr. Ernest J. Moniz
Ernest J. Moniz is the CEO of EJM Associates and the Energy Futures Initiative. He 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 strengthened the Department of Energy strategic partnership with its seventeen national laboratories and with the Department of Defense and the broader national security establishment. Specific accomplishments include producing analytically-based energy policy proposals that attracted bipartisan support and implementing legislation, the Paris Agreement to address climate change at COP 21, leading Mission Innovation—an initiative at COP 21 that placed energy, science and technology innovation at the center of the global response to climate change—and negotiating alongside the Secretary of State the historic Iran nuclear agreement.
Dr. Moniz also served on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 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. Dr. Moniz previously served in government as DOE Under Secretary from 1997 until January 2001 with science, energy, and nuclear security responsibilities and from 1995 to 1997 as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy with responsibility for the physical, life, and social sciences. 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 1983-1991.
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 several honorary doctorates and governmental awards.