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 23, 2014

Disrupting the Power Sector: Overpowering Inertia and Incrementalism

Paul Hudson, Managing Partner, Stratus Energy Group, LLC

October 9, 2014

Energy Research at the Intersection of Computer Science, Decision Sciences, and Complex Systems

Kiran Lakkaraju, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

October 2, 2014

China’s Role in Global Clean Energy Technology Development

Joanna Lewis, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

September 25, 2014

Feeding the Dragon: Energy in China

Fred Beach, Assistant Director, Energy Institute

September 18, 2014

Renewables in Texas: Costs, Project Development, and Policy Issues

Panel discussion with Clay Butler (The Butler Firm), Colin Meehan (First Solar), and Spivey Paup (E.ON Renewables)

September 11, 2014

Impacts of Adoption of a More Fuel Efficient Vehicle Fleet

Steve Puller, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

September 4, 2014

The Importance of Fuel Diversity in the Energy Generation Mix

Cris Eugster, Executive Vice President, Chief Generation and Strategy Officer, CPS Energy

April 28, 2014

Energy and Urbanization

Arnulf Grubler, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Yale University

April 24, 2014

Student Research Showcase

  • Brent Bennett, PhD student, Materials Science and Engineering: “Redox Flow Batteries: How Cutting-Edge Chemistry Will Transform the Electric Grid”
  • Sean Wood, PhD student, Chemical Engineering: “Improved Lithium-ion Batteries using Lead Telluride (PbTe)”

April 17, 2014

March 27, 2014

Carbon Neutral Design: An Architectural Primer

James Wasley, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

March 20, 2014

Electricity Scarcity Pricing and Resource Adequacy

William Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy, Harvard University

March 6, 2014

Stanford’s ARPA-E Sensors and Energy Behavior Initiative

Carrie Armel, Research Associate, Stanford University

February 27, 2014

Human Nature & the Grid

Craig Boice, President Boice Dunham Group

February 13, 2014

Emerging Legal and Political Issues in Shale Gas Production

David Spence, Associate Professor, McCombs School of Business, UT Austin

February 6, 2014

A Status Report on the U.S. Nuclear Energy Program

William C. Ostendorff, Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner

January 30, 2014

January 23, 2014

Transforming America’s Grid through Technology, Competition & Green Power

J. Calvin Crowder, President, Electric Transmission Texas

November 21, 2013

The impacts of shale gas development on surface water quality

Sheila Olmstead, Associate Professor at UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs

November 14, 2013

Valuation of plug-in vehicle life-cycle air emissions and oil displacement benefits

Paulina Jaramillo, Assistant Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

November 7, 2013

Leveraging large data sets: demand side models and control in low carbon power systems

Duncan Callaway, Assistant Professor at the University of California Berkeley

October 31, 2013

Telling the U.S. Energy Story

Jim Malewitz, Energy Reporter at The Texas Tribune

October 24, 2013

The Future of Coal

Andrew Maxson, Program Manager at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

October 17, 2013