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    A look at Ernest J. Moniz

    Ernest J. Moniz, 68

    Nomidated for: Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy

    Current position: Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and director of the MIT Energy Initiative and the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment.

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    Education: B.S. in physics from Boston College, 1966; PhD in theoretical physics from Standford University, 1972.

    Career highlights: Has been on MIT’s faculty since 1973; served the associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and later as undersecretary of energy under President Bill Clinton; currently serves on Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology.

    Erin Ailworth can be reached at eailworth@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ailworth.