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 christa@energy.utexas.edu, 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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March 8, 2022

Gaslighted: How the Oil and Gas Industry Shortchanges Women Scientists

Christine Williams, Professor of Sociology and the Elsie and Stanley E. (Skinny) Adams, Sr. Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin

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March 1, 2022

The Future of Energy

Bruce Niemeyer, Vice President, Chevron Strategy and Sustainability

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February 15, 2022

Exploring Inequities in Energy and Transportation Systems in the US and Mexico

Sergio Castellanos, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

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February 8, 2022

February 1, 2022

Integrating Massive Amounts of Wind and Solar in Electric Power Systems

Ben Kroposki​, Director, Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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January 25, 2022

Grid Modernization and Energy Storage at Sandia National Laboratories – Challenges, Priorities, and Key Projects

Charles Hanley, Senior Manager, Grid Modernization and Energy Storage Programs, Sandia National Laboratories

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November 30, 2021

Panel Discussion: Energy Justice and International Development

Mr. Ashvin Dayal, Senior VP, Power and Climate, The Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Rebekah Shirley, Director of Research, Data & Innovation, WRI Africa

Ms. Dana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute

Moderator: Dr. Varun Rai, Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin

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November 23, 2021

The how and why of energy use in the past: Additional insights from World long-run time series on electricity since 1900

Tânia Sousa, Auxiliary Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon University)

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November 16, 2021

What clean tech will get us to net zero? An overview based on long-term energy scenarios

Anna Broughel, Program Director of Energy Leadership, Clean Energy Leadership Institute; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University

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November 9, 2021

Survey of California Strategies to Meet Renewable Energy and GHG Goals

Jared Babula, Senior Attorney, California Energy Commission; Faculty member, Empire School of Law

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November 2, 2021

October 26, 2021

Cleantech Investing 1.0 to Energy Transition Investing Today – What is different this time?

Eric Danziger, Managing Director – Energy Transition, Riverbend Energy Group

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October 19, 2021

The Rise of Analytics and Digital Infrastructure in the Energy Industry

Raiford Smith, Products and Technology, X: The Moonshot Factory

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October 12, 2021

Sustainability Trends for the Real Estate Industry

Akshai Rao, Sr Vice President, Ancillary Services, Yardi Systems

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September 28, 2021

Panel discussion: Perpetual Transition and Emerging Opportunities on the Energy Landscape

Distinguished Lecture Series of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business:

  • Shawn Cumberland, Managing Partner, Energy Transition, Encap Investments L.P.

  • Deniz Dindoruk, Senior Development Manager, Shell

  • Will Glazener, Solution Leader, McKinsey & Company

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September 21, 2021

September 14, 2021

September 7, 2021

BaSKET: Building a Strategy for Key Energy Transitions

Mik Carbajales-Dale, Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Clemson University

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May 4, 2021

Accelerating the Energy Transition

Robert Kleinbaum, Technical Fellow, General Motors

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April 27, 2021

April 20, 2021

An Oxford-style Debate on the Role of Carbon Pricing to Foster a Low-Carbon Transition

Suzi Kerr, Chief Economist, Environmental Defense Fund

Marc Hafstead, Fellow and Director, Resources for the Future

Matto Mildenberger, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Barbara

William Boyd, Professor, UCLA

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April 6, 2021

Pathways to a Net-Zero Economy

Lesley Jantarasami, Associate Director for Energy and Climate, Bipartisan Policy Center

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March 30, 2021

Crucial Decisions

Ryan Sitton, Founder and CEO, Pinnacle

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March 23, 2021

Land/Energy Nexus in Texas

Michael Young, Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

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