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 15, 2020

How Many Hats Needed for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition?

Ellen B. Stechel, Co-Director ASU-LightWorks® and Professor of Practice, School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University

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September 8, 2020

Digitization: Revolutionize Equipment Fleet Management

Bill Hicks, Global Technology Sponsor, Energy & Profitability Solutions, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering and Keen Seng Cheah, Energy Asset Support Lead & Americas DTL, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

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April 28, 2020

Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States

Leah Stokes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara

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April 21, 2020

Distributed Energy Resources in Texas​

Suzanne Bertin, Managing Director of the Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance

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April 14, 2020

Energy Gain and Complexity

Joseph A. Tainter, Professor of Sustainability in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University

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April 7, 2020

The Potential of Geothermal in Our Clean Energy Future

Timothy Latimer, Co-Founder and CEO of Fervo Energy

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March 10, 2020

Will Electric And Driverless Cars Decarbonize Transportation?

Costa Samaras, Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University

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March 3, 2020

Leveraging the Power of Small towards Energy Resources Recovery

Dr. Wen Song, Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

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February 11, 2020

Ask UT Anything

David Spence (Professor, Baker Botts Chair in Law, Professor of Business, Govt. & Society)

Larry Lake (Professor, Shahid and Sharon Ullah Endowed Chair in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering)

David Adelman (Professor, Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law)

Sheila Olmstead (Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs)

Susan Hovorka (Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology)

Carey King (Research Scientist & Assistant Director, Energy Institute)

February 4, 2020

Collaborative Conservation in the Energy Industry

Joni Carswell, CEO and President of Texan by Nature (TxN)

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January 28, 2020

Engaging the Public on Renewable Energy and Carbon Dioxide Removal

Dr. Sol Hart, Associate Professor in Communication and Media and the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan

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November 21, 2019

Will China Save the Planet?

Barbara Finamore, Natural Resources Defense Council; Senior Attorney and Senior Strategic Director for Asia

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November 14, 2019

Political Permit Allocations and the Feasibility of Federal Climate Policy

Dr. Joel Landry, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Energy Economics at Penn State University

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November 7, 2019

Making Science Communication More Strategic

Dr. John Besley, Ellis N. Brandt Professor of Public Relations at Michigan State University

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October 31, 2019

Energy & Emissions Implications of Self-Driving Vehicles

Kara Kockelman, the Dewitt Greer Professor of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

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October 24, 2019

Technology progress and physical constraints on tight oil production

Frank Male, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

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October 17, 2019

October 10, 2019

The 10th Birthday of Perovskite Solar Cells - Will They Ever Grow Up?

Tim Siegler, postdoctoral researcher in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin

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October 3, 2019

Elements of Energy: Considering the Role of Critical Metals

Dr. Saleem Ali, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware

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September 26, 2019

Fighting Over Eden: Energy, Environment and Religion in Modern America

Asher Price, Journalist, Austin American-Statesman and 2109 Energy Institute Journalism Fellow

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September 19, 2019

Toyota Sustainable Mobility

Edward Mantey, GVP and Executive Advisor of Corporate Strategy & Planning and R&D at Toyota Motor North America

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September 12, 2019

A Discussion on the State of Energy Policy and the Role of Energy Markets

Brent Bennett, Policy Analyst, Texas Public Policy Foundation

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