UT Energy Bulletin | January 2020

Energy@UT News

Cockrell Professor Awarded Engineering’s Highest Honor 

The National Academy of Engineering will award its Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering, the highest honor in the field, to Prof. C. Grant Willson of UT’s Department of Chemistry. Dr. Willson will receive this honor alongside his research partner Jean Fréchet for their creation of chemically amplified resist (CAR) materials, which are used to manufacture the microprocessors and memory chips in personal computers, mobile phones, and motor vehicles. Read more here.

Oil and Gas Boom, Industrial Growth Tied to Significant New Emissions 

Bloomberg, Reuters, Axios and other outlets reported on a new multidisciplinary environmental study from UT's LBJ School of Public Affairs and Operations Research & Industrial Engineering program. The analysis predicts that the recent oil, gas and petrochemical industrial buildout in the Gulf Coast and Southwest regions could increase America's carbon emissions by half a billion metric tons annually by 2030. Read more here. 

Navigating the Politics of Energy Transitions & Sustainability

Listen to Texas Law Prof. David Spence’s discussion with Dr. Leah Stokes of the University of California, Santa Barbara about politically sustainable pathways to an energy transition. Dr. Stokes traces a trajectory for this transition to cleaner energy, beginning with subsidies intended to nurture budding technologies that challenge incumbent industries.

Wages, Debt Directly Impacted by Energy Consumption 

What do dramatic changes in energy consumption since the 1970s mean for wage inequality and debt? In a new paper for Ecological Economics, Dr. Carey King, assistant director of the Energy Institute, introduces a new model“HARMONEY,” (Human And Resources with MONEY) that links economic trends such as population, capital, and debt to natural resource consumption. Read more here.

Five Key Policy Insights for the Future of the U.S. Electricity Sector 

Building on the ongoing Energy Infrastructure of the Future study, a team from UT's Operations Research and Industrial Engineering program used a new cost-conscious optimization model to evaluate policy, economic and technological drivers for the nation's electricity sector. Find out more about the results and the range of scenarios for wind and solar energy, battery storage, and natural gas.

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UT Energy Week
February 17-21, 2020
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

Register now for Energy Week 2020, UT's annual student-led conference highlighting the hottest topics & energy challenges facing the U.S. Inspired by Texas’s unique energy legacy and the concept of “20/20 vision," this year's program will feature panels and discussions with guests from Dell, Equinor, Walmart, Shell, 7x Energy, ExxonMobil, and more. 

All conference participants are invited to join the networking reception with UT students and Energy Week sponsors on Tuesday, February 18th.

UT Energy Symposium: 
New Date & Time for Spring 2020

This semester, the UT Energy Symposium (UTES) series will feature guest speakers from Texan by Nature, University of Michigan, Harvard Law, TX Advanced Energy Business, UC Santa Barbara, and more. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Tuesdays in the Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302) from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. See the full schedule here.

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