Steven E. Koonin
Koonin received his Bachelor of Science from Caltech and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1975, Koonin joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology as a Professor of Theoretical Physics, including a 9-year term as the Institute's provost. In 2004, Koonin joined BP plc serving as their Chief Scientist where he was responsible for guiding the company’s long-range technology strategy, particularly in alternative and renewable energy sources. In 2009, he was appointed the U.S. Department of Energy’s second Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for Science serving from May 19, 2009 through November 18, 2011. He left that post in November 2011 for a position at the Institute for Defense Analyses. On April 23, 2012, Koonin was named director of NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP).
He has served on numerous advisory bodies for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy and its various national laboratories. Koonin's research interests have included theoretical and computational physics, as well as global environmental science.
Koonin is of Jewish heritage.
- Computational Physics, Fortran version, ISBN 978-0-201-38623-3
- Energy.gov: "Dr. Steven E. Koonin - Director - NYU's Center for Urban Science & Progress and Former Under Secretary for Science" retrieved October 20, 2013
- AdWeek: "Koonin Electric as Turner Suffers Upfront Blackout Entertainment chief's jokes keep fannies in seats" By Anthony Crupi May 18, 2011 |Koonin got his biggest laugh when he tried to explain the cause of the outage: “We had a power surge, it blew something…I’m Jewish, so I have no clue what happened.”