Millie Dresselhaus: Department of Physics and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nov 20, 2013 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Millie Dresselhaus
Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Professor Dresselhaus has been selected as the 2013 
UC Santa Barbara Dow Distinguished Lecturer

Personal Perspectives on Advancing Energy Sustainability

November 20, 2013 | 4:00pm | ESB 1001
 Faculty host: John Bowers and Dow Distinguished Lecturer series

Video and presentation slides will be posted on the Institute website within a week following the seminar.*


Although my career has focused on advancing science and engineering in its more basic aspects, I have had several opportunities to also advance energy sustainability, which is a central goal of Energy Frontier Centers. In my talk I will give some examples of how this has happened in my case and ideas for how my personal experience can be generalized by others.


Professor Mildred Dresselhaus is a native of the Bronx, New York City, where she attended the New York City public schools through junior high school, completing her high school education at Hunter College High School in New York City. She began her higher education at Hunter College in New York City and received a Fulbright Fellowship to attend the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University (1951-52). Professor Dresselhaus received her master's degree at Radcliffe College (1953) and her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago (1958).

Professor Dresselhaus began her MIT career at the Lincoln Laboratory. During that time she switched from research on superconductivity to magneto-optics, and carried out a series of experiments which led to a fundamental understanding of the electronic structure of semi-metals, especially graphite.

A leader in promoting opportunities for women in science and engineering, Professor Dresselhaus received a Carnegie Foundation grant in 1973 to encourage women's study in traditionally male dominated fields, such as physics. In 1973, she was appointed to The Abby Rockefeller Mauz√© chair, an Institute-wide chair, endowed in support of the scholarship of women in science and engineering.                                                                

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The Dow Distingushed Lecturer Series is coordinated by MRL and Graduate Students for Diversity in Science.

*Video and slides only available for seminars if approved.

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