Dr. Ernest J. Moniz

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus, MIT; Former United States Secretary of Energy


Prior to joining Tri Alpha Energy’s Board of Directors in 2017, Ernest J. Moniz served as the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017. Dr. Moniz is currently the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus and Special Advisor to the MIT President and has been announced as the co-chairman and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.  Dr. Moniz served on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty (1973-2013), where he was the Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, the Head of the MIT Department of Physics (1991-1995, 1997), and Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center (1983-1991). Dr. Moniz has received many awards, including the Distinguished Public Service Medals of the Department of Defense and of the Navy, Grand Cross of the Order of Makarios III (Cyprus), of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator (Portugal), the Charles Percy Award of the Alliance to Save Energy, the Right Stuff Award of the Blue-Green Alliance Foundation, and the Neustadt Award of the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Fellow of the American Physics Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and inaugural Distinguished Fellow of the Emerson Collective. 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 nine honorary doctorates.