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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March 9, 2021

Energy: The Key to Understanding Economic Growth

Tiago Domingos, Associate Professor in Environment and Energy, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa

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March 2, 2021

China's Decarbonization Challenge

Michael Davidson, Assistant Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego

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February 9, 2021

Spatio-Temporal Learning for Enhancing the Situational Awareness of Power Grids

Hao Zhu, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

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February 2, 2021

Our Illusory Faith in Efficiency to Decouple Energy-GDP

Dr. Paul Brockway, University Academic Fellow, Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), University of Leeds, UK

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January 26, 2021

Electricity and the Wealth of Nations

Robert Bryce, Journalist, Podcaster, and Documentary Producer

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December 1, 2020

Congressional Priorities for U.S. Energy Policy

The Honorable Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, U.S. House of Representatives (TX-7), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Energy & Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

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November 24, 2020

U.S. Climate Policy in the Biden Administration

Noah Kaufman, Research Scholar, SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University 

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November 17, 2020

How to Make Power Converters Small and Efficient - and Why

Alex Hanson, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

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November 10, 2020

Climate, Complexity and the Politics of Major Regulatory Legislation

David Spence, Professor of Law, School of Law and McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

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October 20, 2020

The Impact of the Global Pandemic on the Energy Industry

Vincent Kaminski, Professor in the Practice of Energy Management, The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

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October 13, 2020

Designing Intelligent Environments Using Reinforcement Learning

Zoltan Nagy, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Architectural and Environmental Engineering and Director, Intelligent Environments Lab, The University of Texas at Austin

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October 6, 2020

CO2CRC’s Otway Facility: An Enabler for Effective CO2 Storage

Matthias Raab, Chief Operating Officer, CO2CRC Ltd.; Max Watson, Senior Manager - Technology Development, CO2CRC Ltd.

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September 29, 2020

Natural Gas Leaks: Automating Visualization to Drastically Reduce Leak Detection Costs

Adam Brandt, Associate Professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University

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September 22, 2020

EVs: How Fast is the EVolution Coming, and What Should Texas Do About It?

Tom "Smitty" Smith, Executive Director, Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance

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September 15, 2020

How Many Hats Needed for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition?

Ellen B. Stechel, Co-Director ASU-LightWorks® and Professor of Practice, School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University

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September 8, 2020

Digitization: Revolutionize Equipment Fleet Management

Bill Hicks, Global Technology Sponsor, Energy & Profitability Solutions, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering and Keen Seng Cheah, Energy Asset Support Lead & Americas DTL, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

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April 28, 2020

Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States

Leah Stokes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara

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April 21, 2020

Distributed Energy Resources in Texas​

Suzanne Bertin, Managing Director of the Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance

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April 14, 2020

Energy Gain and Complexity

Joseph A. Tainter, Professor of Sustainability in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University

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April 7, 2020

The Potential of Geothermal in Our Clean Energy Future

Timothy Latimer, Co-Founder and CEO of Fervo Energy

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March 10, 2020

Will Electric And Driverless Cars Decarbonize Transportation?

Costa Samaras, Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University

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March 3, 2020

Leveraging the Power of Small towards Energy Resources Recovery

Dr. Wen Song, Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

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