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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 31, 1997

The President today announced his intent to nominate Ernest J. Moniz as Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Moniz, of Brookline, Massachusetts, is currently serving as Head of the Physics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From July 1995 to January 1997, Dr. Moniz served as the Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. Dr. Moniz was Head of the Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1991 to 1995 and Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center from 1983 to 1991. Dr. Moniz's outstanding scientific and administrative credentials are recognized nationally and internationally. Over the years he has been a member of many distinguished advisory committees, has organized major international conferences and has been awarded fellowships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Dr. Moniz served as chair of the Department of Energy's and the National Science Foundation's Nuclear Science Advisory Committee. He also chaired the Physics External Advisory Committee for the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Moniz received a B.S. in physics from Boston College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in theoretical physics. His career spans teaching, research, administration, management of major scientific ventures, and diverse services to the federal government.

The Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for the issue areas of science and technology, environment, national security, and fundamental research. The Under Secretary will promote streamlining and management reform of the DOE national laboratories, which are a critical resource for the research and development enterprise of the Department and the nation. In this position, Dr. Moniz will be responsible for integrating the laboratories into a cohesive national system and for strengthening the links to academia and the private sector, while further enhancing laboratory core competencies. The Under Secretary will also oversee national security and non-proliferation issues and provide the Secretary with critical advice in carrying out his responsibility of assuring the security of the nation's nuclear stockpile.