Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Feb 2-3: UT Energy Forum


The annual forum, titled "UT: Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Energy," is a student-led event bringing together leading University researchers and professors, industry leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs and students to explore today’s most pressing energy challenges. The UT Energy Forum will take place on Thursday, February 2nd and Friday February 3rd, 2012 in Austin, Texas. The first day will feature a keynote from a top-level UT Energy leader, an interdisciplinary panel discussion that will tackle some of the Energy industries most pressing issues, and a networking event. On Friday, attendees will hear two keynote speakers and panel discussions on a variety of energy topics, ranging from oil exploration, renewable energy and innovative research that will change the outlook for our global energy portfolio/energy landscape. In parallel, leading research and innovations at the University of Texas at Austin will be showcased in exhibition format and compressed time-frame TED-style talks. Join us for insightful interdisciplinary panel discussions led by students, researchers, professors and industry leaders at the 2012 UT Energy Forum!

Thursday, Feb. 2nd & 3rd, 2012:
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center
2110 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78712


THURSDAY, February 2, 2012
8:00 am – 10:50 am : Short Course: Energy Technology & Policy
11:00 am – 12:30 pm : Registration
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm : Welcome and Opening Keynote: Dr. Steven Koonin, Former Undersecretary of Science, DOE
1:20 pm - 1:30 pm : Break
1:30 pm - 2:50 pm : Panel 1: Energy in the Built Environment - Efficiency & Behavior
2:50 pm – 3:00 pm : Break
3:00 pm – 4:20 pm : Panel 2: Who Pays for our Renewable Future?
4:20 pm – 4:30 pm : Break
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm : Debate: U.S. Energy Independence: Myth or Fact?
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm : Networking Reception

FRIDAY, February 3, 2012
7:00 am – 8:30 am : Registration and Networking Breakfast, Energy Research Poster-fair and Competition
8:30 am – 9:20 am : Keynote Address: Stephan Dolezalek, Vantage Point CleanTech Group
9:20 am – 9:30 am : Break
9:30 am – 10:50 am : Panel 3: A National Energy Policy - The Search Continues…10 Minute Energy Idea Talks
10:50 am – 11:00 am : Break
11:00 am – 12:20 pm : Panel 4: Risk and Externalities associated with Energy Production10 Minute Energy IDea Talks
12:20 pm – 1:30 pm : Lunch Break
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm : Keynote Address Michael Bahorich, Apache Corporation
2:20 pm – 2:30 pm : Break
2:30 pm – 3:50 pm : Panel 5: The Future of Energy Storage
Presentation of Results from UT Energy Poll and Hydraulic Fracturing Study
3:50 pm – 4:00 pm : Break
4:00 pm – 5:20 pm : Panel 6: Understanding Oil Prices

Thursday, January 26, 2012

(1/26) UTES Lecture: Shale Gas Developmen​t Facts & Fiction

For more info on the Energy Symposium Lecture Series , email varun.rai@mail.utexas.edu with subject line:“Subscribe to UTES Email List” if you want to be added

Assessing the Perceived and Real Environmental Consequences of Shale Gas Development

by Charles G. Groat
(Professor of Geosciences and Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, UT Austin)

26 January, 5:15-6:15pm

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

Speaker Bio:
Chip Groat rejoined The University of Texas at Austin as Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy and Director and Graduate Advisor of the Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program in June 2005. He holds the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Energy and Mineral Resources in the Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, and is Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs. He assumed these positions after serving 6 ½ years as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior, having been appointed by President Clinton and retained by President Bush. He served as interim dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT from July 2008 to August 2009. His previous experience at UT was as Associate Director and Acting Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and Associate Professor of Geological Sciences. He was appointed an Associate Director of the Energy Institute in the spring of 2010.

He has been a member of the National Research Council Board on Earth Sciences and Resources and the Outer Continental Shelf Policy Board. He is a past President of the Association of American State Geologists and of the Energy Minerals Division and Division of Environmental Geosciences of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He has been a member of and chaired several National Research Council study panels.

His degrees in geology are from the University of Rochester (A.B.), University of Massachusetts (M.S.), and The University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.).

Note: NO TALK ON Thu, 2 Feb