Charles B. Curtis
NTI President Emeritus and Emeritus Board Member
On January 13, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz awarded
NTI President Emeritus and Emeritus Board Member Charles B.
Curtis as the third recipient of the James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy
The citation reads: “Charles Curtis has been at the center
of energy policy discussions and nuclear risk reduction for four decades. He
helped shape key transitions, from his work on electricity markets during the
early years of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to his key role at the
Department of Energy in establishing lab-to-lab cooperation to secure nuclear
materials in the years after the Soviet Union collapse, and more recently in
his founding role at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Our nation is stronger and
safer today thanks to the skill, dedication and integrity of Charles Curtis.”
At the ceremony, Curtis offered reflections on James
Schlesinger and his own service at the U.S. Department of Energy. They are available in full here.
The Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security was inspired by
the late James R. Schlesinger, the first Secretary of Energy, whose career and
works embody a focus on the interplay of economic, security and energy issues –
in academia, in public service, and industry. First awarded in 2014, the medal
honors one individual each year for their distinguished contributions to
advancing our understanding of the threats, opportunities and energy policy
choices impacting the domestic and international energy security interests of
the United States through analysis, policy or practice.
Curtis was NTI’s founding president and served from 2001 to 2009.
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