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Earlier this month, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) honored Secretary Steven Chu by naming him their 2011 Alumnus of the Year. The CAA cited Secretary Chu’s “ground-breaking contributions to the fields of biophysics and atomic physics, commitment to addressing climate change, and transformative leadership in energy research and policy” as key factors in their selection.

Secretary Chu, who was awarded his PhD from Berkeley in 1976, has often cited his education as the foundation for his success. “The idea was given to me that you can teach yourself anything you really want to learn. That was truly a liberal arts education,” said Secretary Chu. The CAA highlighted this influence in a brief video overview of his career to date and the strides that the Department of Energy has made under his leadership.

You can watch the video above and let Secretary Chu know how your educational experiences helped motivate you on his personal Facebook page.

John Schueler is a New Media Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs.