Robert C. Armstrong named director of MIT Energy Initiative
Outgoing director Ernest Moniz confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Energy.
Robert C. Armstrong will be the new director of the MIT Energy Initiative. Photo: Justin Knight
May 16, 2013
MIT announced today that Robert C. Armstrong will be the new director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), as outgoing director Ernest Moniz leaves the Institute to head the U.S. Department of Energy. Moniz was confirmed as Secretary of Energy today by the U.S. Senate, 97-0. Moniz was nominated on March 4.
Armstrong has served as the deputy director of MITEI since its founding six years ago. He was co-chair (with Moniz) of the Energy Research Council that laid the groundwork for MITEI and set its guiding principles. Armstrong has since played a leading role in the Initiative’s development, alongside Moniz. He is the Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1973.