Dr. Ernest Moniz

Former Secretary of Energy

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Dr. Ernest Moniz served as United States Secretary of Energy from May 21, 2013 to January 19, 2017.  As Secretary of Energy, he was tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. This encompassed advancing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing the nuclear danger, promoting American leadership in science and clean energy technology innovation, cleaning up the legacy of the cold war, and strengthening management and performance.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Moniz was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a faculty member since 1973. At MIT, he headed the Department of Physics and the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. Most recently, Dr. Moniz served as the founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and as Director of the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment where he was a leader of multidisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas and solar energy in a low-carbon world.

From 1997 until January 2001, Dr. Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy. He was responsible for overseeing the Department’s science and energy programs, leading a comprehensive review of nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, and serving as the Secretary’s special negotiator for the disposition of Russian nuclear materials. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.

In addition to his work at MIT, the White House and the Department of Energy, Dr. Moniz has served on a number of boards of directors and commissions involving science, energy and security. These include President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Moniz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Physical Society.

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 degrees from the University of Athens, Boston College, Boston University, the University of Erlangen-Nurenberg, Iowa State University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Michigan State University and Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. He has been awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal of the Department of Defense, and the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator.

Latest Speeches

Testimony of Secretary Perry Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation -- As Prepared for Delivery
Secretary Perry's testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation on March 14, 2018.
The New Energy Realism: Secretary Perry Remarks at CERA Week -- As Prepared for Delivery
Remarks by Secretary Perry at CERA Week 2018, as prepared for delivery.
Secretary Ernest Moniz Remarks to the Naval War College -- As Delivered

Secretary Ernest Moniz delivered remarks on nuclear challenges to the Naval War College on January 12, 2017.

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Honoring Oppenheimer’s Legacy by Developing Future Science and Energy Leaders
January 18, 2017

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Secretary Ernest Moniz Remarks to the Naval War College -- As Delivered
January 12, 2017

Secretary Ernest Moniz delivered remarks on nuclear challenges to the Naval War College on January 12, 2017.

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Secretary Moniz Remarks on Nuclear Security at IAEA Conference
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