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March 2017

UT Energy Symposium: The Art of Doing Good Science: Experiences in Interdisciplinary Energy Research

March 2 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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At the UT Energy Symposium this week, Varun Rai, Associate Professor at the UT Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs, will give a talk on “The Art of Doing Good Science: Experiences in Interdisciplinary Energy Research.” Varun Rai was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University prior to joining the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 2010. He is an associate professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs,…

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UT Energy Symposium: The Geopolitics of Oil: Western Hemisphere Scenarios

March 9 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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At the UT Energy Symposium this week, Jorge Piñon, Director of UT Austin’s Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program, will speak on “The Geopolitics of Oil: Western Hemisphere Scenarios.” Jorge R. Piñón is Interim Director of The University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy and Director of its Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program. Mr. Piñon began his long career in the energy sector when he joined Shell Oil Company’s supply…

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UT Energy Symposium: U.S. & World Nuclear Energy

March 23 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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At the UT Energy Symposium this week, Dale Klein, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for the UT System and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will speak on “U.S. & World Nuclear Energy.” Dr. Dale E. Klein rejoined The University of Texas System in January of 2011 as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Office of Academic Affairs. In April of 2010, after serving eight and a half years as Presidential Appointee, Dr. Klein returned to Texas from Washington, D.C., working…

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UT Energy Symposium: Energy and the Anthropocene

March 30 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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At the UT Energy Symposium this week, author and journalist David Biello will give a talk titled "Energy and the Anthropocene." David Biello is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999—long enough to be cynical but not long enough to be depressed. He is currently the Science Curator for TED and, prior to that, was the Environment & Energy Editor at Scientific American, where he had been a contributor since 2005. He has…

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April 2017

UT Energy Symposium: Mexican Energy Reform in a time of Insecurity

April 6 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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At the UT Energy Symposium this week, UT Energy Journalism Fellow and NPR reporter Lorne Matalon will give a talk titled "Mexican Energy Reform in a time of Insecurity." Lorne Matalon is the Fronteras Desk reporter for Marfa Public Radio/West Texas Public Radio and the 2016-2017 UT Energy Journalism Fellow. His stories on the U.S.-Mexico border and Latin America are broadcast on NPR stations in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. Recent features focused on Mexican energy reform, the lifting…

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UT Energy Symposium: The Evolving Utility Business Models – The Electric Cooperative Story

April 13 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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At the UT Energy Symposium this week, Peter Muhoro, Director of Energy Research and Strategies, Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) will give a talk titled “The Evolving Utility Business Models – The Electric Cooperative Story.” Dr. Peter Muhoro is the Chief Strategy Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest electric distribution cooperative in the U.S. Peter brings technical knowledge and strategic planning expertise to the cooperative and is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the overall vision, mission, short…

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UT Energy Symposium: ExxonMobil 2017 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

April 20 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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At the UT Energy Symposium this week, Rob Gardner, Manager, Economics and Energy Division, Corporate Strategic Planning at ExxonMobil, will give a talk titled “ExxonMobil 2017 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040.” In Rob’s over 35 years in the industry, he has managed both Gas and Gas Liquid businesses in the United States.  He has worked in the Asia Pacific and been involved in Liquid Natural Gas business development, sales and project development.  He has managed business development activities…

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Economic Development in Texas: A look into the impact of Chapter 313

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Student Activity Center (SAC), Room 1.106, 2201 Speedway
Austin, 78712
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Dr. Nathan Jensen, UT Government professor, will discuss his findings on the effectiveness of a little-known but far-reaching economic development tool, Chapter 313. Dr. Jensen has conducted research on the incentive program, which targets energy companies and other capital-intensive industries for tax relief through property tax limitation. He will offer his insights into what the tool means for the State and how it could be improved. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served,…

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UT Energy Symposium: Redesigning Civilization: And Other Small Things

April 27 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 24th and Speedway
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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At the UT Energy Symposium this week, Matt Grocoff, Principal, THRIVE Collaborative, will give a talk titled “Redesigning Civilization: And Other Small Things.” Matt is the founding principal of the THRIVE Collaborative and considered one of the world’s net zero energy building leaders. Green Building Elements magazine called him the “proven Zero Energy Master” and MyFord Magazine one of “Greater Detroit’s most progressive personalities.” With the Biomimicry Institute he’s worked with Ford Motor Company, Procter & Gamble and Bosch to…

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May 2017

Risk: Analyzing and Addressing the Unavoidable

May 5 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Room 202, 1900 University Ave
Austin, TX 78705 United States
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Britt Freund, Distinguished Senior Lecturer; and Michelle Foss, Chief Energy Economist McCombs Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management; UT Bureau of Economic Geology Some types of risk are not easily quantifiable. Think of government regulations, lawsuits, or protests. These can be especially painful since they often have a low probability of occurring—but a very high impact on project performance if they do happen. Cost: $25, includes lunch. Risk is inherent to any business, but not all types of risk are fully understood…

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