Former United States Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz HM ’11 addressed a sold-out MIT audience in Washington, DC, earlier this year, and discussed his thoughts on the United States’ role in climate research, nuclear security, and technology innovation.
Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor Emeritus of Physics and Engineering Systems at MIT, and he was awarded honorary membership in the MIT Alumni Association in 2011. He delivered his talk at the historic Cosmos Club during a Spring Lecture and Luncheon event jointly organized by the Alumni Association’s Cardinal and Grey Society, Emma Rogers Society, and Katherine Dexter McCormick Society. During the lecture, Moniz discussed his experience as the leader of the US Department of Energy from 2013–2017.
“The Department of Energy really is a science-and-technology powerhouse,” he says. “In all of our mission areas, it’s about applying science and technology to find the solutions.”
Moniz also advocates for the increased inclusion of science in conversations related to global diplomacy. “There's a lot more room for science in diplomacy as we address these range of major threats to our (society) and other societies,” he says.
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- Cardinal and Gray Society, which invites MIT alumni who have reached the 50th anniversary of their MIT graduation to gather for social and intellectual events between and during their five-year reunion festivities.
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- Katharine Dexter McCormick Society, which honors those who have donated to MIT through planned gifts and bequests.