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 (Fall 2023): 61200 (graduate students) / 60925 (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


DateSpeakerTalk Title
August 29, 2023Michael YamoahCoherent implementation of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies and Ongoing Implications for ESG Investing
September 5, 2023Scott Hughey & Shaun BoardmanDecarbonization - The New High-Tech Sector
September 12, 2023Art BermanAn Energy Transition to Renewables Condemns Civilization to its Status Quo Path of Growth & Biophysical destruction
September 19, 2023Julia SteinBergerLiving Well at Lower Energy Demand: Empirical Evidence and Future Research Directions
September 26, 2023Mike LegattWhen Situational Awareness, Mental Models, and Adaptive Capacity Meet Control Room Surprises
October 3, 2023Vida AsiegbuClimate Investing x Diversity
October 10, 2023Kevin BookCarbon Trade War and the Energy Transition
October 17, 2023Steve KleenMacroeconomics and Energy
October 24, 2023Neil KemExploring the Role of Hydrogen & Low-Carbon Fuels in the Energy Sector
October 31, 2023Emily GrubertFossil Phaseout and the Just Energy Transition
November 7, 2023Michael Webber & Carey KingSteelman Discussion: Should ERCOT Interconnect (synchronize) with the Eastern or Western Interconnect?
November 14, 2023Melissa LottTBD
November 28, 2023Clay SellSmall Nuclear Reactors

UT Energy Symposium Talks

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September 28, 2021

Panel discussion: Perpetual Transition and Emerging Opportunities on the Energy Landscape

Distinguished Lecture Series of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business:

  • Shawn Cumberland, Managing Partner, Energy Transition, Encap Investments L.P.

  • Deniz Dindoruk, Senior Development Manager, Shell

  • Will Glazener, Solution Leader, McKinsey & Company

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September 21, 2021

September 14, 2021

September 7, 2021

BaSKET: Building a Strategy for Key Energy Transitions

Mik Carbajales-Dale, Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Clemson University

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May 4, 2021

Accelerating the Energy Transition

Robert Kleinbaum, Technical Fellow, General Motors

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April 27, 2021

April 20, 2021

An Oxford-style Debate on the Role of Carbon Pricing to Foster a Low-Carbon Transition

Suzi Kerr, Chief Economist, Environmental Defense Fund

Marc Hafstead, Fellow and Director, Resources for the Future

Matto Mildenberger, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Barbara

William Boyd, Professor, UCLA

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April 6, 2021

Pathways to a Net-Zero Economy

Lesley Jantarasami, Associate Director for Energy and Climate, Bipartisan Policy Center

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March 30, 2021

Crucial Decisions

Ryan Sitton, Founder and CEO, Pinnacle

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March 23, 2021

Land/Energy Nexus in Texas

Michael Young, Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

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March 9, 2021

Energy: The Key to Understanding Economic Growth

Tiago Domingos, Associate Professor in Environment and Energy, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa

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March 2, 2021

China's Decarbonization Challenge

Michael Davidson, Assistant Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego

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February 9, 2021

Spatio-Temporal Learning for Enhancing the Situational Awareness of Power Grids

Hao Zhu, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

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February 2, 2021

Our Illusory Faith in Efficiency to Decouple Energy-GDP

Dr. Paul Brockway, University Academic Fellow, Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), University of Leeds, UK

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January 26, 2021

Electricity and the Wealth of Nations

Robert Bryce, Journalist, Podcaster, and Documentary Producer

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December 1, 2020

Congressional Priorities for U.S. Energy Policy

The Honorable Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, U.S. House of Representatives (TX-7), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Energy & Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

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November 24, 2020

U.S. Climate Policy in the Biden Administration

Noah Kaufman, Research Scholar, SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University 

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November 17, 2020

How to Make Power Converters Small and Efficient - and Why

Alex Hanson, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

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November 10, 2020

Climate, Complexity and the Politics of Major Regulatory Legislation

David Spence, Professor of Law, School of Law and McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

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October 20, 2020

The Impact of the Global Pandemic on the Energy Industry

Vincent Kaminski, Professor in the Practice of Energy Management, The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

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October 13, 2020

Designing Intelligent Environments Using Reinforcement Learning

Zoltan Nagy, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Architectural and Environmental Engineering and Director, Intelligent Environments Lab, The University of Texas at Austin

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October 6, 2020

CO2CRC’s Otway Facility: An Enabler for Effective CO2 Storage

Matthias Raab, Chief Operating Officer, CO2CRC Ltd.; Max Watson, Senior Manager - Technology Development, CO2CRC Ltd.

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September 29, 2020

Natural Gas Leaks: Automating Visualization to Drastically Reduce Leak Detection Costs

Adam Brandt, Associate Professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University

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September 22, 2020

EVs: How Fast is the EVolution Coming, and What Should Texas Do About It?

Tom "Smitty" Smith, Executive Director, Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance

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