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Former Energy Secretary Honored by Supply Chain Program, Houston Maritime Center

By Margaret Kidd and Ed Bailey

March 15, 2022

The University of Houston’s Supply Chain and Logistics Technology (SCLT) program, alongside the Houston Maritime Center (HMC) honored former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz for his contributions within the energy transition.

Fittingly, Moniz received the Maritime Education in Energy Transition award during CERAWeek, the world’s preeminent discussion of energy industry.

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“Secretary Moniz is an inspiration to the Global Energy capital of the world that is Houston,” said SCLT Program Director Margaret Kidd. “His tenacious energy and support for energy transition mirrors the values of the SCLT program and the Houston Maritime Center in workforce development and the energy transition in the oil, gas and maritime sectors.”

Moniz, who also serves as Professor Emeritus and Special Advisor for MIT, has devoted tireless efforts toward energy technology and public service. He worked under the Clinton Administration and was the Obama Administration’s Secretary of Energy from 2013-2017.

Since then, Moniz founded the Energy Futures Initiative, a non-profit endeavor geared toward further advancing technological innovations within industry policy and business models. Most recently, Energy Futures Initiative launched the Labor Energy Partnership in hopes of accelerating the energy transition.

Founded by Jim Manzolillo in 1999, Houston Maritime is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate on the city of Houston’s role as the national epicenter of maritime activity. As an educational hub and resource for the maritime industry, Houston Maritime is committed to connecting the industry to the community and supporting all aspects of maritime education whether in the academic or professional realm. Aiming “To Inspire Knowledge of the Maritime World,” HMC is preserving an essential part of Houston's history as well as enlightening its future.

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