Ernest J. Moniz, an MIT faculty member since 1973, has served as Head of the Department of Physics and as Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. He has also served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy (1997-2001) and as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President (1995-97). Professor Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Stanford University.
His principal research contributions have been in theoretical nuclear physics, particularly in advancing nuclear reaction theory at high energy. His current research interests are centered on energy, science and technology, and national security policy. He is co-chair of the MIT Energy Research Council, an interdisciplinary faculty group that is advancing the MIT President’s energy initiative.