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 8, 2018

Aramco and Saudi Arabia – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

David Kultgen,  General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Arabian American Oil Company (retired)

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January 25, 2018

Food Security: Thermodynamics, Ecology, and Economics

John R Schramski, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, University of Georgia

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November 30, 2017

Drivers of technological improvement in clean energy

Jessika Trancik, Professor in Energy Studies, Institute for Data, Systems and Society at MIT

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November 16, 2017

Notes on 100% Renewable Cities in Texas

Neil McAndrews, Economist with Austin Chapter of US Association for Energy Economics

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October 26, 2017

Grid Technology Trends and the Integration of Renewables

Juan Torres, Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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October 19, 2017

Cutting Carbon in Maritime Cargo Shipping

Maria Gallucci, 2017-2018 UT Energy Journalism Fellow

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October 12, 2017

Coupling Heat Storage to Nuclear Reactors For Variable Electricity Output with Base-Load Reactor Operations

Charles Forsberg, Director and a Principle Investigator of the DOE Integrated Research Project on Fluoride-salt-cooled High-Temperature Reactors (FHRs), MIT

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October 5, 2017

Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems

Kevan Weaver, Director of Technology Integration, TerraPower

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September 28, 2017

September 21, 2017

Electrolyte Choices for Rechargeable Batteries

John Goodenough, Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

September 14, 2017

U.S. Climate Policy: The Importance of Thinking and Acting Regionally

Dave Adelman, Professor, School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin

September 7, 2017

Keeping The Lights On As We Transition To Renewables

Gene Preston, CEO, Transmission Adequacy Consulting

April 27, 2017

Redesigning Civilization: And Other Small Things

Matt Grocoff, Principal, THRIVE Collaborative

April 20, 2017

ExxonMobil 2017 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

Robert Gardner, Manager, Economics and Energy Division, Corporate Strategic Planning at ExxonMobil

April 13, 2017

The Evolving Utility Business Models – The Electric Cooperative Story

Peter Muhoro, Director of Energy Research and Strategies, Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC)

April 6, 2017

Mexican Energy Reform in a time of Insecurity

Lorne Matalon, UT Energy Journalism Fellow and reporter for National Public Radio in West Texas

March 30, 2017

Energy and the Anthropocene

David Biello, Science Curator at TED Conferences

March 23, 2017

U.S. & World Nuclear Energy

Dale Klein, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for the UT System and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

March 9, 2017

The Geopolitics of Oil: Western Hemisphere Scenarios

Jorge Piñon, Director of UT Austin’s Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program

March 2, 2017

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

Varun Rai, Associate Professor at the UT Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs

February 23, 2017

February 16, 2017

Decoupling energy consumption from GDP under induced technological change

Eric Kemp-Benedict, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)