Secretary of Energy Steven Chu honored Drs. Mildred Dresselhaus and Burton Richter as winners of the Enrico Fermi Award on Monday, May 7, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
Earlier this year, President Obama named Mildred S. Dresselhaus and Burton Richter as winners of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the government’s oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement.
Since 1956, the Enrico Fermi Award has recognized scientists, engineers, and policymakers whose contributions have greatly influenced research in the fields of energy, science and technology. The Presidential award is presented by the Energy Secretary on behalf of the White House – and inspires people of all ages to explore new scientific and technological horizons through the examples of Fermi and the laureates who’ve followed in his footsteps.
This past Monday night, Secretary Chu presented this award to Drs. Dresselhaus and Richter in a ceremony celebrating their scientific successes and leadership.
You can watch the video with Secretary Chu and the recipients above.
Then stay tuned – Energy.gov is bringing back our “10 Questions” series, and we’ll be interviewing Drs. Dresselhaus and Richter shortly.