Dr. Cherry Murray is the Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy and Professor of Physics at Harvard University.
She previously served as Dean of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University from July 2009 until December 2014. Dr. Murray assumed the deanship two years after SEAS became Harvard’s newest school.
Over the course of her distinguished career Dr. Murray has worked in industry, the academy, and the public sector.
During more than two decades at Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies her research resulted in several patents. In 2010, she was appointed by former U.S. President Barack Obama to the U.S. National Commission on the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
Dr. Murray was also confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science from December 2015 to January 2017.
In this role, she oversaw $5.5 billion USD for the Department’s competitive scientific research, which includes scientific computing, basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, fusion energy sciences, high energy physics, and nuclear physics.
As the Director, she also managed the development, construction, and operation of open-access scientific user facilities, and she managed 10 of the Department’s 17 National Laboratories.
Dr. Murray has served on more than 80 U.S. and international scientific advisory committees, governing boards, and U.S. National Research Council panels and was the recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation – the country’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in the advancement of science and technology.
She has served as an advisor to the government of Singapore on science and technology policy and currently chairs the Board of Trustees of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Okinawa, Japan.
Dr. Murray holds a B.S. and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.