New malware detector detects bugs by monitoring power usage

May 28, 2019

Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin and North Carolina State University have found an additional line of defense to detect threats posed by malware that do not rely on the detection and protection provided by existing anti-virus software programs. Their method identifies the presence of malware in large-scale embedded computer systems by monitoring power usage and identifying unusual surges as signs of unwelcome security threats. The study was led by Shijia Wei, a Ph.D.

GRACE mission data contributes to our understanding of climate change

May 28, 2019

Data collected from nearly two decades of research gathered by a twin satellite system launched in 2002 continues to contribute to the world’s understanding of global climate patterns. The satellite system, known as the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), was led by Byron Tapley and other researchers in UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering’s Center for Space Research, along with colleagues from NASA and the German Aerospace Centre.

Cockrell School of Engineering honors alumni for distinguished service

May 28, 2019

UT Austin’s Cockrell School Engineering has honored five distinguished engineering graduates with 2019 Distinguished Engineering Graduate Awards. The newest recipients of this prestigious honor, established in 1957, are innovators, entrepreneurs and highly respected leaders in their industries and communities. Read more.

It’s time to put aside partisan, political rhetoric and seek realistic solutions to the vexing challenges of climate change

April 29, 2019

Politicians from both parties should stop playing games with climate change and listen to energy experts for realistic options and solutions, writes Scott Tinker, director of UT’s Bureau of Economic Geology, in a new op-ed published in The Hill.

Wind energy, though subsidized like all other forms of energy, is a net benefit for Texans’ pocketbooks

April 29, 2019

Energy Institute Research Associate Joshua Rhodes weighs in on legislative efforts to curtail or eliminate tax credits and other subsidies for wind and solar energy providers in a new op-ed published in the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Texas maintains low electricity prices while adding renewable energy capacity, shuttering coal plants

April 29, 2019

Texas has been able to maintain grid reliability and low electricity prices while closing coal-fired power plants and adding renewable generation capacity, writes Energy Institute Assistant Director Fred Beach in a new op-ed published in the Dallas Morning News.

UT Austin alum to lead new grid resiliency work for NERC

April 29, 2019

UT Austin graduate Mike Legatt, now the CEO of Austin-based ResilientGrid, Inc., leads a team of energy professionals and entrepreneurs that has been selected by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation to implement a software platform for the North American bulk power system.

KBH Energy Center holds 2nd annual Women in Energy panel

April 29, 2019

The KBH Energy Center hosted its 2nd Annual Women in Energy Panel to enable students from a variety of schools and colleges across the UT campus to learn from female energy leaders who have succeeded in an industry heavily comprised of men. The event concluded with a reception hosted by Thompson and Knight where students were able to meet with panelists and industry in an informal setting.

Experts explore energy storage and electric grid of the future during 9th annual Austin Electricity Conference

April 29, 2019

Experts from academia, industry, and government regulatory agencies gathered on the UT campus April 4 – 5 for the 9th annual Austin Electricity Conference. The theme for this year’s event, The Role of Storage in the Grid of the Future, spurred robust dialogue among participants, who explored the technological, business, operational, policy and regulatory aspects of energy storage.

Shell Chief Technology Officer discusses how energy giant supports R&D on a global scale

March 29, 2019

Yuri Sebregts, Chief Technology Officer for Shell, answered questions from a roomful of students and others...