CEI News

Mildred Dresselhaus presents inaugural CEI Interdisciplinary Seminar

The Clean Energy Institute welcomed Mildred Dresselhaus (Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on November 7, 2013 to present the inaugural CEI Interdisciplinary Seminar. Professor Dresselhaus is a leader in the areas of carbon research and the electronic properties of materials; her series of experiments in magneto-optics led to a fundamental understanding of the electronic structure of semi-metals. Her most recent research is related to carbon nanotubes, bismuth nanowires and low dimensional thermoelectricity has attracted wide attention and she was recently awarded a Kavli Prize in Nanoscience in 2012. She is also the recipient of the National Medal of Science, the Enrico Fermi Award, 28 honorary doctorates, a fellow the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Physical Society (APS), IEEE, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.