Steven Chu Is 2009 Caltech Commencement Speaker

April 17, 2009 TO: Campus community FROM: Jean-Lou Chameau SUBJECT: 2009 Commencement Speaker I am pleased to announce that renowned physicist, recently appointed U.S. Secretary of Energy, and Nobel Laureate Steven Chu will be Caltech's speaker at our 115th annual commencement ceremony on June 12. As an eminent scientist leading the national debate on energy policy, he reflects our commitment to game-changing energy science and serves as a role model for our graduating students, who will be the next scientific leaders of our country. A distinguished scientist and cowinner of the Nobel Prize in Physics (1997), Dr. Chu was appointed by President Obama as the nation's 12th secretary of energy and sworn into office on January 21 of this year. He has devoted his recent scientific career to the search for new solutions to energy challenges and to stopping global climate change--a mission he continues as secretary of energy. He is charged with helping implement President Obama's ambitious agenda to invest in alternative and renewable energy, end the United States' dependence on foreign oil, address the global climate crisis, and create new jobs. I believe his focus on energy research makes him an ideal speaker for the Institute. Prior to his presidential appointment, Dr. Chu was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He successfully applied the techniques he developed in atomic physics to molecular biology. Motivated by his deep interest in climate change, he led the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in pursuit of new alternative and renewable energies. Previously, he held positions at Stanford University and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Chu is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Academia Sinica, the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology, and numerous other civic and professional organizations. He received a BA degree in mathematics and a BS degree in physics from the University of Rochester, and a PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. I hope that you will join me in welcoming Dr. Chu to campus and to our commencement celebration.