Tuesday, November 29, 2011

11/29: TEF Info Session on Leadership Opportunities for Spring, 6:30pm

Just a reminder that we're having an info session tonight in CBA 4.326(note different room) at 6:30pm to talk about the different leadership opportunities starting in the spring. If you're thinking about a career in energy and you're looking for a way to get involved and gain leadership experience, now is the time to do it with the Texas Energy Forum. Applications will be online at our website later this week and will be available until the deadline on Friday, December 18th.The meeting shouldn't last more than 30 minutes and we're catering Domino's pizza for free so if nothing else, stop by and grab something to eat and hear about some of the upcoming events next semester.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

11/18 - EMIC hosts the Sustainable Urban Design Conference


(Check out the link above to learn more about the event)

November 18, 2011
AT&T Center, Austin Texas
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

Hosted by: McCombs School of Business' Centers: Energy Management and Innovation Center and the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center
As we plan communities of the future and live in the cities of today, transportation systems and urban planning are two areas that offer opportunities for reduced environmental impact, decreased energy consumption, and long-term economic savings. This half-day conference will discuss research developments and current best practices to address these concerns. It will also explore ways for universities, communities and corporations to collaborate and make progress toward improving the sustainable nature of our cities.

11/17: UTES Lecture: "Our Sustainable Earth"

Our Sustainable Earth
Dr. Ray Orbach
(Director, Energy Institute, UT Austin)

17 November, 5:15-6:15pm

Open to all. Refreshments served at 5:00pm
Please settle in by 5:10pm

Speaker Bio:

Raymond Lee Orbach is the Director of the Energy Institute at UT Austin. In 2006, he was nominated by President Bush, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to serve as the first Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Prior to and concurrent with serving as Under Secretary for Science, Dr. Orbach served as the 14th Director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy, after being sworn in as Director in March 2002. From 1992 to 2002, Dr. Orbach served as Chancellor of the University of California (UC), Riverside.

He has received numerous honors as a scholar including two Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowships, a National Science Foundation Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oxford University, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship at Tel Aviv University, the Joliot Curie Professorship at the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris, the Lorentz Professorship at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, the 1991-1992 Andrew Lawson Memorial Lecturer at UC Riverside, the 2004 Arnold O. Beckman Lecturer in Science and Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Outstanding Alumni Award from the California Institute of Technology in 2005. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has held numerous visiting professorships at universities around the world.

Dr. Orbach began his academic career as a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford University in 1960 and became an assistant professor of applied physics at Harvard University in 1961. He later joined the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1963, and served as the Provost of the College of Letters and Science at UCLA from 1982 to 1992.

Dr. Orbach received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1956. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1960 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Next Talk:

5:15-6:15pm, 26 January (Spring 2012). Location: MEZ 1.306 (Mezes Hall)

Previous Talks:

For slides/videos of previous UTES talks go to this link.

Monday, November 7, 2011

11/15 - UBS Global Energy Group - Networking Event


The Global Energy Group of UBS Investment Bank will be hosting a recruiting event at Austin's Pizza on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:45 PM. UBS has recently opened a event notification on Simplicity and request that interested student RSVP to attend the event. UBS looks forward to students signing up to join them for dinner and a chance to meet several of the Energy Group members in attendance. Suggested attire for the event is business casual.

The online event notification will close soon and space is limited, so if you are interested, please RSVP as soon as possible. Thanks for your help, and we look forward to meeting many members of your association.

11/10 - UTES Lecture: “Regulating Power Plant Emissions in Texas: The Role of EPA"

Regulating Power Plant Emissions in Texas: The Role of EPA
Jim Marston
(Director of the Texas Regional Office and Director of the Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund)

November 10th, 5:15-6:15pm

Open to all. Refreshments served at 5:00pm
Please settle in by 5:10pm

Speaker Bio:
Jim Marston is the founding director of the Texas office of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), located in Austin, where he has served since its beginning in 1988. Jim is the head of EDF's national Energy Program and also serves as Regional Director of EDF’s Texas Office. 

He is also a leader of the Pecan Street Project, a partnership that includes Austin Energy, the University of Texas, the Chamber of Commerce, and several large high/clean tech companies aimed at making fundamental changes in the nation's electricity grid. Jim also helped to design and to advocate for some of the most innovative state legislation in the country including the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard that led to almost 10,000 MW’s of new wind energy in Texas and the first-in-the-nation “no regrets” global warming law.

Jim was EDF’s State Climate Initiatives director from 2002 until 2009. In that position, he helped direct EDF’s successes in states from the west coast to New England and Florida on a wide-range of legislation and regulations to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Among EDF’s most important state climate victories was the passage of the California Car Greenhouse Gas Standards in 2002 that ultimately lead to national greenhouse standards for automobiles in 2010 and the passage of AB32 in 2006, the first state legislation with a cap on statewide emissions of greenhouse gases.

Next Talk:
17 November, “Our Sustainable Earth”
    Speaker: Dr. Ray Orbach, Director, Energy Institute, UT Austin

11/10 - Hess Company Brief n Meet

Brief n' Meet: Hess Company Overview 
(BBA Brief and Meet for 2012 Summer Internships)

Thurs – Nov. 10
UTC 3.102

Brief and Meet with Hess GSC organization.
Come meet with HR Representatives and Alumni to hear about internship and job opportunities at Hess.

Refreshments will be provided.


11/10 - Citi Institutional Clients Group

Brief n' Meet: Citi Institutional Clients Group

Thurs – Nov. 10, 
UTC 3.104

Please join Citi representatives to learn more about summer internship opportunities in Citi's Institutional Clients Group. Investment Banking and Corporate Banking representatives will be present.

Please RSVP in Symplicity!!!
Business Casual

11/8 TEF Event: Breaking into Investment Banking

Date: Tues, Nov 8
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: CBA 4.344

On Tuesday, November 8th, the Texas Energy Forum is hosting a careers and interviewing panel of senior McCombs students with internship experience in energy investment banking. Students will discuss how to successfully navigate the rigorous recruiting and interview process and provide straightforward advice on how to land positions at energy investment banks. The panel of speakers will feature students with experience at Citi, Simmons, Credit Suisse and other prominent investment banks with energy and natural resource groups in Houston. Food and drinks will be provided, and the meeting is open to all students at the University of Texas.

11/7 Are Algae Biofuels the Future of Energy?

Audience: Open to the public
Date: Monday, November 7, 2011
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Room 204
1900 University Ave.
Austin, TX 78705

Cost: $20. Includes box lunch with a sandwich, drink, fruit, dessert and beverage.

Oil is big business, but the industry will see a massive shift over the next century to alternative fuels, as petroleum supplies dwindle and become too expensive. Wind and solar hold promise for our electricity needs, but what will power our cars, planes and boats?

Dr. Jerry Brand sees one answer in the diverse world of algae. The science is advancing rapidly and biofuel production can ramp up to scale with sufficient investments made toward the remaining obstacles and developing technology. All over the world - even in the oceans - algae might be grown simply, densely and efficiently.

Some algae are loaded with oil that could be extracted and used as a biodiesel fuel, while others may be burnt or fermented to produce an alternative to gasoline. And biofuel production is only one of many commercial applications of algae that are now being developed.

Join us for lunch to learn about the promise of the developing algal biofuel industry and how it could shape our energy future.

Jerry Brand is the Jack S. Josey Professor in Energy Studies and professor of biology in the College of Natural Sciences. He is the director of The University of Texas at Austin’s UTEX Culture Collection of Algae, one of the most extensive and diverse collections of living algae in the world. Some of them could hold the key to our energy future.

Registration for this event will close on Thursday, Nov 3. Walk-ins are welcome to register at the door, but only a limited number of box lunches will be available for walk-ins.