As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu was charged with helping implement President Obama's ambitious agenda to drive clean energy innovation, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, address the global climate crisis, and create millions of new jobs.
Dr. Chu is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997). He has devoted his recent scientific career to the search for new solutions to our energy challenges and stopping global climate change - a mission he continues with even greater urgency as Secretary of Energy.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Chu was the Director of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where he led the lab in pursuit of alternative and renewable energy technologies. He also taught at the University of California as a Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology. Previously, he held positions at Stanford University and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Dr. Chu's research in atomic physics, quantum electronics, polymer and biophysics includes tests of fundamental theories in physics, the development of methods to laser cool and trap atoms, atom interferometry, the development of the first atomic fountain, and the manipulation and study of polymers and biological systems at the single molecule level. While at Stanford, he helped start Bio-X, a multi-disciplinary initiative that brings together the physical and biological sciences with engineering and medicine.
The holder of 10 patents, Dr. Chu has published nearly 250 scientific and technical papers. He remains active with his research group and has recently published work on general relativity and single molecule biology and biophysics that includes sub-nanometer molecular imaging with optical microscopy, cadherin adhesion, neural vesicle fusion, and nerve growth factor transport. About 30 alumni of his research group have gone on to become professors in their own right and have been recognized by dozens of prizes and awards.
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 an A.B. degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley as well as honorary degrees from 15 universities.
Dr. Chu was born in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1948. He is married to Dr. Jean Chu, who holds a D.Phil. in Physics from Oxford and has served as chief of staff to two Stanford University presidents as well as Dean of Admissions. Secretary Chu has two grown sons, Geoffrey and Michael, by a previous marriage.
Secretary Steven Chu's Posts
- May 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM EDT
Energy Secretary Steven Chu discusses joining First Lady Michelle Obama for the 20th Annual National Science Bowl and the importance of competitions like this one for America's future.
- April 29, 2010 at 12:24 PM EDT
Secretary Chu discusses new efforts to pursue solutions to energy issues.
- April 22, 2010 at 9:40 AM EDT
Secretary Chu discusses the importance of investing in cleaner, alternative sources of energy and finding ways to use fossil fuels more efficiently.
- March 8, 2010 at 2:45 PM EDT
Energy Secretary Steven Chu delivers the keynote at Stanford’s Sustainability Summit. Watch the speech live at 3:00PM EST and continue the conversation through Facebook.
- March 2, 2010 at 11:12 AM EDT
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu talks about today's summit convening some of America's brightest minds to look for major breakthroughs on clean energy to be backed through Recovery Act ARPA-E funds. He also introduces a video on one of the projects funded through the first round.
- January 7, 2010 at 8:00 PM EDT
Energy Secretary Steven Chu talks about his morning in Brownstown Township in Michigan where he watched the first battery for the Chevy Volt come off the line.
- November 24, 2009 at 2:24 PM EDT
Energy Secretary Steven Chu announces a $620 million investment in "Smart Grid" technology and shares a video that explains what a Smart Grid is and how it can help you save money.
- November 18, 2009 at 4:36 PM EDT
Energy Secretary Steven Chu reports on new initiatives to strengthen the partnership on clean energy between the U.S. and China that will help create new American jobs and strengthen the economy.
- November 14, 2009 at 9:15 AM EDT
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu talks about his visit to India.
- November 2, 2009 at 2:29 PM EDT
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu presents this powerful video about the dedicated men and women who are working to improve the environment at the Savannah River Site thanks to support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.