Mildred (Millie) Dresselhaus and
Her Impacts on Science and Women in Science
Mildred (Millie) Dresselhaus is 'one of the nation’s foremost experts in the multifaceted field of carbon science. Her investigations into superconductivity, the electronic properties of carbon, thermoelectricity and the new physics at the nanometer scale have helped yield numerous scientific discoveries.'1
'Professor Dresselhaus began her MIT career at the Lincoln Laboratory. During that time she switched from research on superconductivity to magneto-optics, and carried out a series of experiments which led to a fundamental understanding of the electronic structure of semi-metals, especially graphite.'2 She is currently Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emeritus Institute Professor.
'Throughout her career, … [Dr. Dresselhaus] has combined significant scientific accomplishments and prominent leadership roles with an abiding commitment to support the advancement of women in the sciences. …
Amid public debate over the capacity of women to thrive in a scientific environment, Dr. Dresselhaus’s esteemed career provides a decisive and resounding answer. Her quiet leadership, serving as a generous mentor and role model to countless women over the years, has had a profound impact on the scientific opportunities that are available to women today.'1
Dr. Dresselhaus served as the Director of the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2000–2001 and is a recent recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award.
Additional information about Mildred (Millie) Dresselhaus is available in electronic documents and on the Web.
Analysis of Picosecond Pulsed Laser Melted Graphite, DOE Technical Report, December 1986
The Transport Properties of Activated Carbon Fibers, DOE Technical Report, July 1990
Photoconductivity of Activated Carbon Fibers, DOE Technical Report, August 1990
Synthesis and Evaluation of Single Layer, Bilayer, and Multilayer Thermoelectric Thin Films, DOE Technical Report, January 1995
Iron-Doped Carbon Aerogels: Novel Porous Substrates for Direct Growth of Carbon Nanotubes, DOE Technical Report, February 2007
Additional Web Pages:
Millie Dresselhaus (video)
Why Are We So Excited About Carbon Nanostructures? - Segre Lecture in Physics (video)
Presidential Medal of Freedom - Two Researchers Win Highest U.S. Honor