C3E 2012: Welcome Address

Susan Hockfield, President Emerita, MIT




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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.

Here you can see MIT President Emerita Susan Hockfield’s opening remarks. “The most important challenge for this generation,” she said, “is building a sustainable energy system for the future."

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

About the Speaker

Susan Hockfield
President Emerita
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Susan Hockfield served as the sixteenth president of MIT from December 2004 through June 2012. Her leadership led to the foundation of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). She continues to hold a faculty appointment as professor of neuroscience. Prior to joining the faculty at MIT, she was the William Edward Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology at Yale University where she focused her research on the development of the brain and on glioma, a deadly form of brain cancer, and pioneered the use of monoclonal antibody technology in brain research. She moved on to be dean of its Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, with oversight of more than 70 graduate programs, and then provost, Yale’s chief academic and administrative officer.

Dr. Hockfield is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and she serves as a director of the General Electric Company and of Qualcomm Incorporated. She earned a B.A. in biology from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University at the School of Medicine and has honorary degrees from many institutions.