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A noted neuroscientist, Susan Hockfield was the first life scientist to serve as President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she holds a faculty appointment as Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Before assuming the presidency of MIT in 2004, she was Provost at Yale University, where she had taught since 1985 and had also served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A graduate of the University of Rochester, Dr. Hockfield received her Ph.D. from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, carrying out her dissertation research in neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she holds honorary degrees from Brown University, Duke University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Tsinghua University (Beijing), University of Edinburgh, University of Massachusetts Medical School, University of Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris), University of Rochester and the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. Additionally, she holds a jointly-awarded honorary degree from the New University of Lisbon, the Technical University of Lisbon and the University of Porto, Portugal. She serves as a director of the General Electric Company and Qualcomm Incorporated, a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In 2006 under Dr. Hockfield’s leadership, MIT launched a major energy initiative, capitalizing on the Institute’s deep strength in science, engineering, architecture, management and economics to pioneer the leading edge of energy and environmental research, from visionary policy recommendations to technological breakthroughs.