ARB Research Seminar

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The World's Energy Problem and What We Can Do About It

Photo of Steven Chu, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate

Steven Chu, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

February 27, 2008
Cal EPA Headquarters, 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA



Among the world's most serious concerns are national security, which is tied to energy security, economic prosperity, the social, and the potentially dire risks of climate change.

At the core of these problems is need for sustainable creation and consumption of energy. Government policies are needed to accelerate the deployment of energy efficiencies and conservation and stimulate the innovation of new technologies. We also need new scientific discoveries that can transform the entire landscape of energy demand and supply. After briefly describing aspects of the energy problem, the remainder of the talk will describe some areas of research that may lead to transformative technologies.

Speaker Biography

Steven Chu, Ph.D., is Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Professor of Physics, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he was at Stanford and Bell Laboratories. His research includes tests of fundamental physics, the development of methods to laser cool and trap atoms, polymer physics, and single molecule biology. He is become active in seeking solutions to the energy problem and co-chaired an InterAcademy Council study "LIGHTING THE PATH: Toward a sustainable energy future."

Dr. Chu has numerous awards, including the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics. Dr. Chu is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Sinica, and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Korean Academy of Science and Engineering. At Stanford, Dr. Chu helped start Bio-X, a multi-disciplinary initiative linking the physical and biological sciences with engineering and medicine. Dr. Chu serves on the Boards of the Hewlett Foundation, the University of Rochester , and NVIDIA, and the Scientific Boards of the Moore Foundation, Helicos and NABsys. Dr. Chu has served on a number of other committees such as the Augustine Committee that produced "Rising Above the Gathering Storm", the Advisory Committee to the Directors of the NIH and the National Nuclear Security Agency, the Executive Committee of the NAS Board on Physics and Astronomy.

Professor Chu received A.B. and B.S. degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of Rochester , a Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley, and nine honorary degrees.

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