Steven Chu

Secretary of Energy To Deliver Keynote Address at NYU-Poly’s  156th Commencement

Dr. Steven Chu, the 12th United States Secretary of Energy, will deliver the keynote address at NYU-Poly’s 156th Commencement ceremony at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on May 23. In his current position, Dr. Chu is charged with implementing President Barack Obama’s mandate to invest in clean energy, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, address the global warming crisis and promote job creation.

He was the co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics and has a long and distinguished career in atomic physics, quantum electronics, polymers, biophysics, and most recently, investigating solutions to the nation’s energy challenges and global warming. While at Stanford University, he helped establish Bio-X, a multi-disciplinary initiative that brings together the physical and biological sciences with engineering and medicine.

Dr. Chu earned his PhD in physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He holds 10 patents, 15 honorary degrees and has published 250 scientific and technical papers.
His late father, Ju Chin Chu, a professor of chemical engineering, taught at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in the 1940s.