U.S. Secretary for Energy (2009–13)
Dr. Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan Professor of Physics at Stanford University. From 2009 to 2013 he served as U.S. Secretary of Energy in President Obama’s administration. As the longest serving secretary of energy, he recruited top scientists and engineers to advance the energy needs in the U.S., and implemented various initiatives that led to the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. Before joining President Obama’s administration, he directed the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, headed the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories, and was professor of physics at the University of California-Berkeley.
Chu is the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics for laser cooling and atom trapping. He has published 260 papers in atomic and polymer physics, biophysics, and batteries, among others. He holds ten patents in these areas of expertise.