Department of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, left, has stepped up to the plate to take a federal government leadership role in addressing environmental justice. The Department of Energy is a sponsor of The State of Environmental Justice in America 2007 Conference.
Bodman was nominated to replace Spencer Abraham on Dec 10, 2004 and was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on Jan 31, 2005. Secretary Bodman has a chemical engineering degree and served as an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for 6 years. He is a former Director of MIT's School of Engineering Practice. He has also served as an executive in the private sector. Samuel Bodman is married to M. Diane Bodman. He has three children, two stepchildren, and eight grandchildren.