MIT President, Welcoming Remarks
Susan Hockfield has served as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since December 2004. A strong advocate of the vital role that science, technology, and the research university play in the world, she believes that MIT can best advance its historic mission of teaching, research, and service by providing robust and sustained support for the ideas and energies of its faculty and students.
A noted neuroscientist whose research has focused on the development of the brain, Dr. Hockfield is the first life scientist to lead MIT and holds a faculty appointment as professor of neuroscience in the Institute's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
Dr. Hockfield encourages collaborative work among MIT's schools, departments, and interdisciplinary laboratories and centers to keep the Institute at the forefront of innovation. She believes that MIT's strengths in engineering and science uniquely position the Institute to pioneer newly evolving, interdisciplinary areas and to translate them into practice. Together with MIT's traditions of excellence in architecture and planning, management, and the humanities, arts and social sciences, these strengths will allow the Institute to continue to develop powerful solutions to our era's greatest challenges.
Under her leadership, MIT has launched a major Institute-wide initiative in energy research.
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
John Doerr is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Together with KPCB's partners, John has backed many of America's best entrepreneurial leaders, including:
Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt: Google [GOOG]
Jeff Bezos: Amazon [AMZN]
Scott Cook, Bill Campbell: Intuit [INTU]
Andy Bechtolsheim, Scott McNealy, Bill Joy, Vinod Khosla: Sun [SUNW]
And the founders of Compaq, Cypress, Macromedia and Symantec
These ventures have created more than 150,000 new jobs.
In 1974 John joined a small chipmaker, Intel, just as they invented the legendary 8080 microprocessor. (He feels he was very lucky, in the right place at the right time). He worked in engineering, marketing and became a top-ranked sales executive.
John joined KPCB in 1980 and soon started Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and @Home, the first broadband cable Internet service.
Eric Schmidt calls John "one of Google's best board members." And Jeff Bezos says, "Doerr (and Kleiner) is the center of gravity in the Internet." John has also been part of several big failures, most famously GO Corporation, chronicled by Jerry Kaplan in the book "Startup".
John is passionate about:
- Green technology innovation and policy entrepreneurs to help fight global warming
- Internet/web ventures with strong network effects
- Building a new open nationwide wireless network
- Breakthroughs to prevent pandemic avian flu and global infectious disease
- Your vision for TNBT (The Next Big Thing)
He also cares a lot about public education, global poverty/health, medical research and women as leaders. John is backing exceptional social and policy entrepreneurs including:
Ted Mitchell and Kim Smith, as co-founder of NewSchools.org
Lezlee Westine, John Chambers and Jim Barksdale, as cofounder of TechNet.org
Al Gore, The Alliance for Climate Protection, Climateprotect.org
Reed Hastings, EdVoice.org
Muhammed Yunnus, Grameen Foundation USA, Grameenfoundation.org
Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute
Susie Mathieu and Dean Kamen FIRST Robotics, usfirst.org
Recent talks include:
TED 2007 - "Not Enough"
Rice University 2007 Commencement Address
KPCB Greentech Innovation Network 2007– “Conversation with Al Gore and John Doerr”
John is a techie and inventor, holding patents for computer memory devices. He earned a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Duke Energy
Jim Rogers is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy. He was named chairman in January 2007, following the separation of Duke Energy’s natural gas businesses into a new publicly traded company, Spectra Energy.
Rogers has more than 18 years of experience as a chief executive officer in the electric utility industry. He was named president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy following the merger of Duke Energy and Cinergy in April 2006. Before the merger, Rogers served as Cinergy’s chairman and chief executive officer for more than 11 years. Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he joined PSI Energy in 1988 as the company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. He served as executive vice president of interstate pipelines for the Enron Gas Pipeline Group before joining PSI. Before joining the Enron Corp., Rogers was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.
Before joining that firm, Rogers was deputy general counsel for litigation and enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Previously, Rogers served as assistant to the chief trial counsel at FERC, as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Kentucky, and as assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where he acted as intervener on behalf of state consumers in gas, electric and telephone rate cases. He was a reporter for the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader from 1967 to 1970.
In the course of his career, Rogers has served more than 40 cumulative years on the boards of Fortune 500 companies. He is currently a director of Fifth Third Bancorp and Cigna Corporation. He has served as a director of Duke Realty Corporation, Cinergy Corporation, PSI Energy, Bankers Life Holding Corporation, Irkutskenergo AO (a Russian utility) and Indiana National Bank.
He is immediate past chairman and ex officio member of the Executive Committee of the Edison Electric Institute. He serves as a member of the board of directors and the Executive Committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute, and is a board member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. Rogers also serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Business Roundtable, National Coal Council, American Gas Association, National Petroleum Council, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
Rogers is chairman of the Edison Foundation and serves as co-chair of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and the Alliance to Save Energy. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Energy and Climate Change Working Group of the Clinton Global Initiative. He has testified 16 times on energy and environmental policies before congressional committees.
Rogers also serves on numerous civic boards and has published numerous articles on energy and environmental issues. He currently co-chairs an Arts & Science Council (ASC) initiative to enrich cultural resources in the Charlotte area.
Rogers attended Emory University and earned a bachelor of business administration and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal and Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. He was named to the Hall of Fame at the Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics and the Hall of Fame of the College of Law, both of the University of Kentucky.
Rogers has been honored with various awards and recognition: the 1996 Energy Daily Corporate Leadership Award; the 1998 Hebrew Union College Cincinnati Associates Tribute Honoree; the 2004 National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) Distinguished Service Citation; the 2005 Keystone Center Leadership in Industry Award; the 2005 Ronald McDonald House Lifetime Achievement Award; and the 2006 Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee, Cincinnati Chapter. He also received an honorary doctor of law degree from Indiana State University and an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Queens University of Charlotte.
In 2007, Rogers was a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a prestigious honor given annually by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). The medals recognize American citizens of diverse ethnic backgrounds for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world. Each year, the names of the award recipients are listed in the Congressional Record.
The Birmingham, Ala., native was born in 1947. Rogers and his wife, Mary Anne, have two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.
Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers energy to approximately 4 million U.S. customers. The company has nearly 37,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: http://www.duke-energy.com/
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