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 25th semester in fall 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 2024): 59680 (graduate students) / 59215 (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.

UT Energy Symposium Talks

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September 6, 2012

Student Research Showcase

  • Ashlynn Stillwell, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering: “Energy-Water Nexus: Water Impacts on Thermoelectric Power Generation”
  • Yezhou Wang, Electrical Engineering: “Power Grid Safety and Security: How to Keep Your Lights On”
  • Scott Robinson, Energy and Earth Resources and LBJ School of Public Affairs: “Behavioral Pathways in the Diffusion of Residential Solar PV”
  • Steve Bryant, Petroleum Engineering: “Refracturing: Getting More out of Unconventional Resources”

August 30, 2012

Sustainable Architecture: Form, Function, and Energy

Matt Fajkus, Assistant Professor, University of Texas School of Architecture, Principal Architect of Matt Fajkus Architecture, LLC

May 3, 2012

Americans’ Vehicle and Travel Choices: Opportunities for Plug- In Vehicles in the Nation’s Fleet Evolution

Dr. Kara Kockelman, Professor & William J. Murray Jr. Fellow, Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

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April 26, 2012

The Future of Water in Texas, and What It Means for Energy

Thomas Mason, Former General Manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and currently with the law firm Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody

April 12, 2012

Taking Green Technologies from Innovation to the Market: A VC’s Perspective

Ashmeet Sidana, General Partner, Foundation Capital

April 5, 2012

March 29, 2012

Simulating Complex Systems: Applications to Energy

Dr. Charles Macal, Senior Systems Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

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March 22, 2012

The Energy Industry’s Media Triumphs and Disasters

Mark Fischetti, Energy and Environment Editor, Scientific American

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March 8, 2012

National Oil Companies: Fueling Anxiety

Mark Thurber, Associate Director for Research, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford

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March 1, 2012

What the Characteristics of Wind and Solar Electric Power Production Mean for Their Future

Jay Apt, Professor of Technology, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

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February 23, 2012

February 16, 2012

Student Research Showcase

February 8, 2012

Geopolitical Implications of Shale Gas

Amy Jaffe, Fellow in Energy Studies and Director of the Energy Forum, Baker Institute, Rice University

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January 19, 2012

Utility of the Future

Roger Duncan, Research Analyst, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy

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November 17, 2011

Our Sustainable Earth

Dr. Raymond L Orbach, Director, Energy Institute, UT Austin

November 3, 2011

International Coal Markets: Coal, Climate, and China

Richard Morse, Director, Coal and CCS research, Program on Energy, Stanford University

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October 27, 2011

October 20, 2011

International Mechanisms for Climate Change Finance

Gevorg Sargsyan, Program Coordinator, Climate Investment Funds, World Bank

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October 13, 2011

October 6, 2011

The Eagle Ford Shale: Opportunity and Responsibility

David J. Porter, Texas Railroad Commissioner

September 29, 2011

The Future of Natural Gas in the US

Marianne Kah, Chief Economist, ConocoPhillips

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September 22, 2011

New Developments in Solar Photovoltaic Technologies and Markets

Dr. Ryne Rafaelle, Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology

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September 15, 2011

Smart Grids and the Pecan Street Project

Brewster McCracken, Executive Director, Pecan Street Project

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