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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October 29, 2015

Solar Energy in the United States – Its Growth and the Challenges Ahead

Francis O’Sullivan, Director, Research and Analysis, MIT

October 15, 2015

ENGIE and the Energy Transition

Zin Smati, President & CEO, GDF Suez Energy North America

October 8, 2015

Financing the Clean Economy

Jonathan Silver, President & CEO, Greenbanc Global

September 24, 2015

September 17, 2015

Perceptions of Energy and Water Use

Shahzeen Attari, Assistant Professor, Indiana University

September 10, 2015

Energy Games: Gamification for Decision-Making and Behavior Change in Solar Adoption

Ariane Beck, Research Fellow, the University of Texas at Austin

September 3, 2015

An Economist’s Perspective on Public Energy R&D

David Popp, Professor, Syracuse University

April 30, 2015

The Future of Vehicle Transportation — The Better Battery

Nihar Patel, Former Vice President, North American Business Strategy Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

April 23, 2015

Rethinking Our Energy Future: Grand Challenges and Opportunities

Doug Arent, Executive Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

April 16, 2015

2015 State of Electric Vehicles

Dave Tuttle, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

April 9, 2015

Student Research Showcase

  • Margaret Cook (CAEE)
  • Donna Chen (CAEE)
  • Alex Headley (ME)

April 2, 2015

Energy Infrastructure with Architectural and Civil Engineers

CAEE team presentation by Richard Corsi, Lance Manuel, Atila Novoselac, Kara Kockelman, Charles Werth, Kevin Folliard

March 26, 2015

Past, Present, and Future Climate Change Impacts on Texas Water: Science and Policy

Jay Banner, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin

March 12, 2015

Oil-Climate Index: GHG Emissions Along the Oil Production Supply Chain

David Livingston, Associate, Energy and Climate Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

March 5, 2015

Energy and Development in Asia

Richie Ahuja, Regional Director for Asia, Environmental Defense Fund

February 26, 2015

Ten Strategies to Systematically Exploit All Options to Cope with Anthropogenic Climate Change

Kelly Klima, Research Scientist, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

February 19, 2015

Energy and Climate Goals in Nordic Countries and Implications for the U.S.

Benjamin Sovacool, Director, Danish Center for Energy Technology at AU-Herning and Professor of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

February 5, 2015

Next Generation Photovoltaic Technologies

Brian Korgel, Edward S. Hyman Endowed Chair in Engineering & T. Brockett Hudson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director, Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics, The University of Texas at Austin

January 29, 2015

Comparative Analysis of Regulations for Offshore Oil Drilling in U.S., U.K. and Norway

Lori Bennear, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, Duke University

January 22, 2015

Engineering and Socio-economic Aspects of Sustainable Energy

Mehrdad Ehsani, Robert M. Kennedy Endowed Professor, Director, Sustainable Energy & Vehicle Engineering Program, Power Electronics & Motor Drives Laboratory, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University

November 20, 2014

Cybersecurity in the Electricity Grid

Gus Lott, Senior Engineer, YarCom Inc.

November 13, 2014

Methane Emissions in the Natural Gas Supply Chain

David Allen, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

November 6, 2014

Technological and Commercial Innovations in Distributed Energy Generation:

  • Charlie Upshaw, PhD student with the Webber Energy Group: “Modeling Peak Load Reduction and Energy Consumption Enabled by an Integrated Thermal Energy and Water Storage System for Residential Air Conditioning Systems in Austin, Texas”
  • Erik Funkhouser, researcher with the Energy Systems Transformation group at UT: “Commercial Innovations in Community-scale Distributed Generation”

October 30, 2014