Energy Symposium

UT Energy Symposium

A weekly guest lecture series that is both free and open to the public and available for course credit.

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 24th semester in spring 2023. 

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.

Each UTES talk will be recorded and posted on this page and on the Energy Institute YouTube channel following the event.

Instructor: Carey King
Unique Number (Spring 2023): 60400 (graduate students) / 60060 (undergraduates)
Day & Time: Tuesday, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Christa Hopkins, who can be reached at 512-475-8447 or, no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.

Upcoming UT Energy Symposium Talks

February 7

Energy and the Impact of Incipient Shortages on Cities and Urbanization

William Rees, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Applied Science, School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia

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February 14

Probing Electrochemical Phenomena in Electrochemical Hydrogen Technologies with Self-assembled Block Copolymer Templates

Christopher Arges, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Penn State

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February 21

Science and Engineering of Negative Emissions Technologies

Roger Aines, Chief Scientist, Energy and Homeland Security Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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February 28

Coherent Implementation of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies and Ongoing Implications for ESG Investing

Michael Yamoah, Director of Engagement, Federated Hermes

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March 7

Storing Hydrogen in the Subsurface: Challenges and Opportunities for Low-carbon Energy

Peter Eichhubl, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG), The University of Texas at Austin

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March 14

Spring Break - No Speaker

March 21

An Open Energy System Model Initiative for our Earth

Stuart Daniel James, Research Associate at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT)

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March 28

Life Cycle Assessment of Energy Transitions: the Geospatial Context of Global Change

Sarah Jordaan, Associate Professor, Life Cycle Assessment / Industrial Ecology, The Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), Department of Civil Engineering at McGill University 

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April 4

Energy and the Evolution of Human Economic Order

Lisi Krall, Professor, Department of Economics at the State University of New York Cortland

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April 11

To Be Determined (on the subject of macroeconomic modeling in context of finance and climate change)

Gaël Giraud, Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy & Founder/Director of the Georgetown Environmental Justice Program, Georgetown University; Senior Researcher at CNRS (the French National Center for Scientific Research)

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April 18

Job Creation Dynamics of Electric Vehicle Adoption

JR DeShazo, Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

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UT Energy Symposium Talks

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January 31, 2023

General Motors' Path to Zero Emissions: A Wholistic View

Rob Threlkeld, Director of Global Energy Strategy for General Motors

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January 24, 2023

Journalist Perspectives on Reporting on the Energy Industry

Andy Uhler, Energy Journalism Fellow, UT’s Energy Institute and Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy

Mose Buchele, Senior Correspondent, Energy & Environment, KUT (Austin's NPR Station)

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January 17, 2023

Are Small-scale LNG Export Facilities Under-regulated in the US?

Jeremy Weber, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

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November 29, 2022

(Book Talk) America's Energy Gamble: People, Economy and Planet

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

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November 15, 2022

Student Symposium with Guest Speakers Matthew Dean and Justin S. Davenport

Matthew Dean, NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD Candidate in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Justin S. Davenport, JD Candidate, School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin

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November 8, 2022

Lessons from the Real World (Science & Nature > Government Policies & Regulations)

Bill Flores, Vice-Chair and Independent Board Member, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT); Former Member of Congress—U.S. House of Representatives (2011-2021)

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November 1, 2022

The Pros & Cons of Being a Municipal Utility in a Future With More Renewable Electricity

Erika Bierschbach, Vice President of Energy Market Operations & Resource Planning, Austin Energy

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October 25, 2022

Energy Prices and the World Economy

James Hamilton, Professor, Economics, University of California San Diego

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October 18, 2022

October 11, 2022

An Oxford-Style Debate on University Fossil Fuel Divestment

Debate participants include: Cutler Cleveland, Dan Cohn, Bradford Cornell, and Brent Bennett

Moderated by: Carey King

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October 4, 2022

Stranded Fossil-Fuel Assets Translate to Major Losses for Investors in Advanced Economics

Gregor Semieniuk, Assistant Research Professor, Political Economy Research Institute and Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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September 27, 2022

Building a Molten Salt Research Reactor in Texas by 2025

Derek Haas, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Kevin Clarno, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering (NEXTRA), The University of Texas at Austin

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September 20, 2022

Constraints and Opportunities for Human Futures - A Systems Overview

Nathan Hagens, Director, The Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future (ISEOF)

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September 13, 2022

Generating Hydrogen in the Sub-surface

Ian Duncan, GeoH2 Industrial Affiliate Program, State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery Group, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

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September 6, 2022

Findings from the Micro-to-Macro Scale Energy and Economic Systems Modeling Initiative of UT Austin

Balasubramanian Sambasivam and Suman Saurabh, Post-doctoral Fellows, Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

These presentations are part of the effort of the Micro-to-Macro Initiative funded via the Energy Institute. Click here to read more.

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August 30, 2022

Meeting wind energy expectations: The cross disciplinary challenge.

Paul Veers, Senior Research Fellow - National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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May 3, 2022

April 26, 2022

Environmental justice, climate change, air pollution, and decisions in the U.S. power sector

Inês Azevedo, Associate Professor, Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University

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April 19, 2022

Confronting Climate Gridlock: Technologies to Unlock a Clean Energy Future

Dr. Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University

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April 12, 2022

ESG and the future role of oil and gas in the global energy mix

  • Castlen Kennedy, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Apache Corporation
  • Leslie Beyer, CEO, The Energy Workforce & Technology Council in Houston, Texas

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April 5, 2022

Beyond the Plug: Volkswagen Group Innovation ​is looking at The Future of Energy Systems​​

William A. Paxton, Senior Scientist, Energy Storage, Innovation Center California, Volkswagen Group of America

Max Thum, Mechatronics Engineer, Innovation Center California, Volkswagen Group of America

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March 29, 2022

Location, Location, Location: Deploying Batteries in the Right Time and Place for a Transitioning Grid

Caitlin Smith, Sr. Director, Regulatory, External Affairs and ESG, Jupiter Power

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March 22, 2022

Resilient Distributed Energy Future

Javad Mohammadi, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

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