In an effort to provide a multi-disciplinary platform for UT faculty and students to interact on the most pressing energy issues facing our world, the Energy Institute sponsors the UT Energy Symposium (UTES), which will enter its eleventh semester in fall 2016. The UTES serves as a “convener” for the campus community, uniting students interested in energy issues with faculty and others working on sustainable energy security.
Students who register for the symposium receive one credit hour for the 15-week seminar course, which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Ongoing themes for UTES include climate change policy, innovation and diffusion of energy technologies, low-carbon technology options and status, and behavioral aspects of energy consumption.
The symposium will be held in the Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302) from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the ACES Connector Lobby at 4:45 p.m., followed by a 45-minute presentation and a 15-minute Q&A session.
Schedule of Speakers – Fall 2016
Click here to view this semester’s presentations.
September 1 Dr. Susan Hovorka, Senior Research Scientist with the University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology, will give a talk titled “Global progress in Carbon Capture and Storage – field demonstrations with emphasis on the storage component”.
September 8 Bert Haskell, Chief Technology Officer for Pecan Street Inc., will speak on “Distributed Energy Resources – Driving Multi-Disciplined Innovation.”
September 15 Yaneer Bar-Yam, President of the New England Complex Systems Institute, will give a talk titled “What is the World Coming To: From Energy Systems to Global Crisis Analysis and Response.”
September 22 Marilu Hastings, vice president, sustainability program, for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, will give a talk titled “Who is that Man Behind the Curtain? Philanthropy’s Role in the Transition to Clean Energy.”
September 29 Paul Wattles, Senior Analyst, Market Design at ERCOT, will speak on “ERCOT and the Evolving Grid: 2016 Perspectives.”
October 6 Virginia Lacy, Principal, RMI Electricity Practice
October 13 Dan Matisoff, Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech
October 20 Russell Gold, investigative journalist, The Wall Street Journal
October 27 Elizabeth Stein, Senior Manager, New York Clean Energy Law & Policy, Environmental Defense Fund
November 3 Colin Meehan, Director, Regulatory & Public Affairs, First Solar
November 10 Barbara Tyran, Executive Director, Government & External Relations, Electric Power Research Institute
November 17 George Schaefer, Mentor at Capital Factory
December 1 Daniel Zavala, post-doctoral-scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Christa Hopkins, who can be reached at 512-475-8447, no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.
Click to view the 2015-2016 UTES presentation archive.
Click to view the 2014-2015 UTES presentation archive.
Click to view the 2013-2014 UTES presentation archive.
Click to view the 2012-2013 UTES presentation archive.
Click to view the 2011-2012 UTES presentation archive.