Energize UT: Bridging Ideas, Fueling Innovation

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Energize UT


The inaugural Energize UT was hosted on Tuesday, September 26, 2023.

Technology and policy changes over the next decade will determine the course of our energy future—and here in Texas, where we have an unparalleled concentration of energy infrastructure and expertise, we’re at ground zero for many of those changes.

UT students will play an enormous role in shaping our energy future through research and discovery, policy leadership, entrepreneurship, community engagement and advocacy, and public outreach and education (from journalism to PR to graphic design).

The UT Energy Institute, Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs, Longhorn Energy Club, and UT Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange for Energy (UT TEX-E) hosted this unique event bringing together students and professionals across disciplines to co-create a vision for a vibrant, cross-disciplinary student community that will shape Texas’ innovation ecosystem at this key juncture to ensure a sustainable, thriving future.

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All presentations took place in the Crum Auditorium on the ground floor of Robert B. Rowling Hall, located at 300 West Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Austin, TX 78705.


Crum Auditorium Foyer & Rowling Hall Atrium


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Energy Institute Director Brian Korgel and Texas Venture Labs Program Manager Christy Grady

Keynote: A Vision for a Thriving Innovation Ecosystem
TEX-E Executive Director Dave Pruner


Student Panel: The UT Energy Scene

  • Vivek Singh (moderator): master's candidate; Energy & Earth Resources, Jackson School of Geosciences
  • Hari Kamalakannan: master's candidate; Energy & Earth Resources, Jackson School of Geosciences
  • Ben Evanson: senior; Plan II Honors program, College of Liberal Arts; Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Antoine Chamoun-Farah: PhD candidate; Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering


Club Convergence
For the first time ever, UT's student clubs in energy, sustainability, and entrepreneurship came together in one place, to spark conversation and collaboration


  • Longhorn Energy Club
  • UT TEX-E
  • Texas Geophysical Society
  • Switch Energy Club Longhorn Chapter
  • Energy Resources Group
  • The Negative Emissions Technology (NET) Project
  • Campus Environmental Center
  • UTEXAS Energy
  • American Nuclear Society
  • MBA Cleantech Group
  • Texas Energy Capital
  • Social Entrepreneurship Learning Lab (SELL)
  • UT Green Fund
  • UT Climate Leaders

*Students: If you want your club to participate at our next Club Convergence event, let us know! Contact Nora Ankrum at nora@energy.utexas.edu.


Industry Panel: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Innovation

  • Christopher Matos (moderator): Senior Market Energy Consultant at Siemens
  • Jeremy Pitts: Managing Director at Activate Houston; co-founder of Greentown Labs Boston
  • Emma Garcia: Executive Director of Workforce Innovation & Smart City Engagement at Zpryme
  • Hariprasad Subramani: Strategic Relationship Manager at Chevron Technology Ventures
  • Pliny Fisk, Co-Founder of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems


Networking Reception

Featuring special guests:

  • Aurora Energy
  • Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
  • Energy Mentors
  • ExxonMobil
  • Jupiter Power
  • KSE Holdings
  • The LaunchPad at UT Austin
  • Siemens
  • Solar Austin
  • Yotta Energy

Plus: The Energy Journalism Table, hosted by award-winning public radio correspondent Andy Uhler; and a special exhibit, hosted by Pliny Fisk, co-founder of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems




Date and Time
Sept. 26, 2023, 2 to 6 p.m.
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