“What distinguishes this initiative is, above all, its extraordinary jury," said Corporation President Vartan Gregorian. "The selection committee includes the heads of some of the nation’s preeminent institutions dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, including six current and former university presidents. In addition, each proposal was reviewed and rated by at least one of the 25 prominent scholars, educators, and intellectuals who served as anonymous evaluators.”
Susan Hockfield is chair of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. Hockfield served from 2004 to 2012 as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the first life scientist and first woman in that role. She is now President Emerita, Professor of Neuroscience, and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. As president, Hockfield strengthened the foundations of MIT’s finances and campus planning while advancing institute-wide programs in sustainable energy and the convergence of the life, physical, and engineering sciences. She helped shape national policy for energy and next-generation manufacturing, appointed by President Obama in 2011 to cochair the steering committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. Hockfield recently served on a Congressional Commission evaluating the Department of Energy laboratories. She currently serves as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.