Ernest Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor Emeritus of Physics and Engineering Systems at MIT. He served as the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017. As Secretary, he advanced clean energy, nuclear security, and cutting-edge scientific research capabilities. He placed energy science and technology innovation at the center of the Paris agreement response to climate change and negotiated the Iran nuclear agreement alongside the Secretary of State.
Dr. Moniz joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty in 1973 and served as Head of the Department of Physics and Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative. He is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus and Special Advisor to the MIT President. Dr. Moniz is CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and of the Energy Futures Initiative.
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 ten honorary doctorates. He received the Distinguished Public Service Medal of the Department of Defense, the Grand Cross of the Order of Makarios III (Cyprus) and of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator (Portugal), and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan).