Opening Keynote Address & Fireside Chat: Steven Chu and Jeff Henley

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
8:45-9:40 am

Dr. Steven Chu
Professor, Stanford University
Secretary of Energy '09-'13
U.S. Department of Energy 

Opening Keynote Address: "Materials Science Innovations in Energy Efficiency and Generation"
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Steven Chu has recently returned to Stanford University as Professor of Physics and Molecular a Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. From January 2009 until April, 2013, Dr. Chu served as the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy during President Obama's administration. Prior to his Cabinet post, he was the Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California Berkeley and Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University. Previous to those posts, he was with AT&T Bell Laboratories.

During this time, the DOE had an annual budget of approximately $26 million, and was entrusted an additional $36 M through the Recovery Act. During his tenure, DOE began ARPA-E, the Energy Innovation Hubs, the Clean Energy Ministerial and several other initiatives, and helped double the deployment of renewable energy in the U.S.   

ARPA-E (Advances Research Projects Agency – Energy) began as a vision described in Rising Above the Gathering Storm. As a member of that committee, he testified for its authorization in Congress, and then turned the concept into reality. ARPA-E was created to nurture high-risk, high reward energy technologies that would swing for game-changing home runs instead of incremental improvements. The new agency within the DOE quickly garnered a reputation for its outstanding funding choices, and incisive program management.

As the first scientist to head the DOE, Dr. Chu personally helped identify and recruit a dozen outstanding scientists and engineers to join the march towards a sustainable energy future. He worked to create a culture where DOE employees are not treated according to their position in the organizational chart, but by their intellectual curiosity and the content of their ideas. In this “Bell Labs-like” culture, constructive, collegial  confrontation is encouraged. This cultural transformation is now being disseminated in other parts of Energy, beginning with the solar photovoltaic program, “SunShot.”  Forbes described the change as “The quiet clean energy innovation revolution at the Department of Energy,” and “a leap in the right direction and absolutely critical to creating a more flexible, innovation-focused DOE mission.”

Dr. Chu is the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997) for his contributions to the laser cooling and trapping of atoms. His other areas of research include tests of fundamental theories in physics, atom interferometry, study of polymers and biological systems at the single molecule level, and biomedical research. While at Stanford, he helped start Bio-X, a multi-disciplinary initiative that brings together the physical and biological sciences with engineering and medicine. More recently, he has focused on how to transition to a sustainable future.

The holder of 10 patents, Dr. Chu has published ~250 scientific and technical papers. Dr. Chu is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Academia Sinica, the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology, and is an honorary member of the Institute of Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Lifetime Member of the Optical Society of America. 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, and 23 honorary degrees. Over 30 alumni of his research group have gone on to become distinguished professors and have been recognized by dozens of prizes and awards.


Jeff Henley
Oracle Corporation 

Jeffrey O. Henley is Chairman of Oracle Corporation. He has held this position since January 2004. Henley is the Chair of the Campaign for UC Santa Barbara, and Chair of the Institute for Energy Efficiency Director’s Council and Global Advisory Board.  He also serves on the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering Dean’s Cabinet. He is a member of the Board of Governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Oracle's Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President from March 1991 to July 2004, and he has been a member of Oracle's Board of Directors since June 1995. He also serves on Oracle's Executive Management Committee.

Henley serves on the Board of Directors of Digital Consumer Solutions Inc., which operates a digital-out-of home signage network for retail advertisers, and serves on the Advisory Board of InTouch Technologies, a provider of remote presence solutions for healthcare providers. Henley has a BA in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from UCLA.  



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