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 27th semester in fall 2024. 

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): 60345 (graduate students) / 60030 (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, 2022

Findings from the Micro-to-Macro Scale Energy and Economic Systems Modeling Initiative of UT Austin

Balasubramanian Sambasivam and Suman Saurabh, Post-doctoral Fellows, Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

These presentations are part of the effort of the Micro-to-Macro Initiative funded via the Energy Institute. Click here to read more.

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August 30, 2022

Meeting wind energy expectations: The cross disciplinary challenge.

Paul Veers, Senior Research Fellow - National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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May 3, 2022

April 26, 2022

Environmental justice, climate change, air pollution, and decisions in the U.S. power sector

Inês Azevedo, Associate Professor, Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University

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April 19, 2022

Confronting Climate Gridlock: Technologies to Unlock a Clean Energy Future

Dr. Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University

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April 12, 2022

ESG and the future role of oil and gas in the global energy mix

  • Castlen Kennedy, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Apache Corporation
  • Leslie Beyer, CEO, The Energy Workforce & Technology Council in Houston, Texas

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April 5, 2022

Beyond the Plug: Volkswagen Group Innovation ​is looking at The Future of Energy Systems​​

William A. Paxton, Senior Scientist, Energy Storage, Innovation Center California, Volkswagen Group of America

Max Thum, Mechatronics Engineer, Innovation Center California, Volkswagen Group of America

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March 29, 2022

Location, Location, Location: Deploying Batteries in the Right Time and Place for a Transitioning Grid

Caitlin Smith, Sr. Director, Regulatory, External Affairs and ESG, Jupiter Power

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March 22, 2022

Resilient Distributed Energy Future

Javad Mohammadi, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

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March 8, 2022

Gaslighted: How the Oil and Gas Industry Shortchanges Women Scientists

Christine Williams, Professor of Sociology and the Elsie and Stanley E. (Skinny) Adams, Sr. Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin

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March 1, 2022

The Future of Energy

Bruce Niemeyer, Vice President, Chevron Strategy and Sustainability

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February 15, 2022

Exploring Inequities in Energy and Transportation Systems in the US and Mexico

Sergio Castellanos, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

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February 8, 2022

February 1, 2022

Integrating Massive Amounts of Wind and Solar in Electric Power Systems

Ben Kroposki​, Director, Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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January 25, 2022

Grid Modernization and Energy Storage at Sandia National Laboratories – Challenges, Priorities, and Key Projects

Charles Hanley, Senior Manager, Grid Modernization and Energy Storage Programs, Sandia National Laboratories

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November 30, 2021

Panel Discussion: Energy Justice and International Development

Mr. Ashvin Dayal, Senior VP, Power and Climate, The Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Rebekah Shirley, Director of Research, Data & Innovation, WRI Africa

Ms. Dana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute

Moderator: Dr. Varun Rai, Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin

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November 23, 2021

The how and why of energy use in the past: Additional insights from World long-run time series on electricity since 1900

Tânia Sousa, Auxiliary Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon University)

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November 16, 2021

What clean tech will get us to net zero? An overview based on long-term energy scenarios

Anna Broughel, Program Director of Energy Leadership, Clean Energy Leadership Institute; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University

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November 9, 2021

Survey of California Strategies to Meet Renewable Energy and GHG Goals

Jared Babula, Senior Attorney, California Energy Commission; Faculty member, Empire School of Law

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November 2, 2021

October 26, 2021

Cleantech Investing 1.0 to Energy Transition Investing Today – What is different this time?

Eric Danziger, Managing Director – Energy Transition, Riverbend Energy Group

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October 19, 2021

The Rise of Analytics and Digital Infrastructure in the Energy Industry

Raiford Smith, Products and Technology, X: The Moonshot Factory

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October 12, 2021

Sustainability Trends for the Real Estate Industry

Akshai Rao, Sr Vice President, Ancillary Services, Yardi Systems

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