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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February 11, 2020

Ask UT Anything

David Spence (Professor, Baker Botts Chair in Law, Professor of Business, Govt. & Society)

Larry Lake (Professor, Shahid and Sharon Ullah Endowed Chair in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering)

David Adelman (Professor, Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law)

Sheila Olmstead (Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs)

Susan Hovorka (Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology)

Carey King (Research Scientist & Assistant Director, Energy Institute)

February 4, 2020

Collaborative Conservation in the Energy Industry

Joni Carswell, CEO and President of Texan by Nature (TxN)

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January 28, 2020

Engaging the Public on Renewable Energy and Carbon Dioxide Removal

Dr. Sol Hart, Associate Professor in Communication and Media and the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan

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November 21, 2019

Will China Save the Planet?

Barbara Finamore, Natural Resources Defense Council; Senior Attorney and Senior Strategic Director for Asia

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November 14, 2019

Political Permit Allocations and the Feasibility of Federal Climate Policy

Dr. Joel Landry, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Energy Economics at Penn State University

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November 7, 2019

Making Science Communication More Strategic

Dr. John Besley, Ellis N. Brandt Professor of Public Relations at Michigan State University

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October 31, 2019

Energy & Emissions Implications of Self-Driving Vehicles

Kara Kockelman, the Dewitt Greer Professor of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

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October 24, 2019

Technology progress and physical constraints on tight oil production

Frank Male, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

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October 17, 2019

October 10, 2019

The 10th Birthday of Perovskite Solar Cells - Will They Ever Grow Up?

Tim Siegler, postdoctoral researcher in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin

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October 3, 2019

Elements of Energy: Considering the Role of Critical Metals

Dr. Saleem Ali, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware

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September 26, 2019

Fighting Over Eden: Energy, Environment and Religion in Modern America

Asher Price, Journalist, Austin American-Statesman and 2109 Energy Institute Journalism Fellow

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September 19, 2019

Toyota Sustainable Mobility

Edward Mantey, GVP and Executive Advisor of Corporate Strategy & Planning and R&D at Toyota Motor North America

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September 12, 2019

A Discussion on the State of Energy Policy and the Role of Energy Markets

Brent Bennett, Policy Analyst, Texas Public Policy Foundation

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April 18, 2019

Human Right to Energy

Monika Ehrman, Faculty Director, Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Center (ONE C), The University of Oklahoma College of Law

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April 11, 2019

April 4, 2019

March 14, 2019

Economic models need biophysical principles: Otherwise we can’t explain our energy past or future

Carey King, Assistant Director and Research Scientist, UT Austin Energy Institute

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March 7, 2019

Hawaii, a Postcard from the Future

Adam Warren, Director, Integrated Applications Center, NREL

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February 28, 2019

Revisiting business-as-usual: why our worst-case climate scenarios aren’t as bad as we thought and 2˚ is more readily achievable

Justin Ritchie, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia

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February 21, 2019

Getting to zero: what will it take to decarbonize electricity and will the Green New Deal help?

Jesse Jenkins, Postdoctoral Environmental Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School | Harvard University Center for the Environment