C3E 2012: Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented to Millie Dresselhaus by MIT President Rafael Reif

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The MIT Energy Initiative and the US Department of Energy hosted an invitation-only Women in Clean Energy Symposium on September 28, 2012. This symposium – for leaders who have helped advance the careers of women in clean energy, academics, other experts in clean energy, and students who are studying clean energy disciplines – will help lay the foundation for a broader, continuing effort to enable and support the careers of women in clean energy.

MIT President Rafael Reif introduces two MIT alumnae who share their heart-warming stories of working with the award recipient as students. Dr. Reif then shares his own experiences and presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus.

For more information about C3E and to view additional videos from this event, visit the C3E website.

Presented by Dr. Rafael Reif.

About the Awardee

Mildred Dresselhaus
Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Mildred Dresselhaus is an Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT. She is the co-author of four books on carbon science, and her research interests are in electronic materials, particularly in nanoscience and nanotechnology. She headed a national Department of Energy Study on "Basic Research Needs for the Hydrogen Economy," including hydrogen production, storage, and use, and she co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences Decadal Study on "Condensed Matter Materials Physics, CMMP2007."

Prof. Dresselhaus has served as the Director of the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Treasurer of the US National Academy of Sciences, President of the American Physical Society and Chair of the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics. She is a member of many societies and associations, including the US National Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Sciences Section of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Carbon Society.

Prof. Dresselhaus has received numerous awards, including the US National Medal of Science and most recently the Enrico Fermi Award and the Kavli Prize, along with 28 honorary doctorates worldwide. She began her higher education at Hunter College in New York City and received a Fulbright Fellowship to attend the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University. She received her master's degree at Radcliffe College and her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.