OCA SUPPORTS DR. STEVEN CHU AS ENERGY SECRETARY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
15 December 2008
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WASHINGTON, D.C. —OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, supports President-elect Barack Obama’s decision to nominate Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, as the next Energy Secretary.
"Having an Asian Pacific American Nobel Prize winner who has dedicated his career in recent years to addressing the global need for alternative energy sources in next administration’s Cabinet is very inspiring and something we at OCA will be proud of,” said Ginny Gong, OCA national president.
Chu was one of three scientists who shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1997 for work in cooling and trapping atoms with laser light. He is a professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at the University of California at Berkeley and has been the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2004, where he has pushed for more research into alternative energy.
Chu’s parents were Chinese immigrants who came to the United States to further their education in engineering and economics. Chu was raised in Missouri and received his doctorate degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1976. He has worked as the head of the quantum electronics research department for AT&T Bell Laboratories and chair of the physics department at Stanford University before his transition to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.