Event: The University of Texas at Austin Energy Forum is a student-initiated two-day conference that brings together a cross-section of the university's faculty, students and staff alongside industry, government and NGO partners. The event will showcase the university's energy expertise and bring together academic and professional leaders to address energy issues and foster new venture formation.
Four keynote speakers, including ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva, will be highlights in an agenda that also includes eight panel discussions with researchers and industry professionals, an academic research poster fair and a series of seven-minute TED-style talks where the presenter has a short time frame to communicate a big idea, often with strong visuals.
The keynote speakers are Mulva, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips; Michael Webber, assistant professor of engineering at the university; Arun Majumdar, director of the Department of Energy's ARPA-E program; and Arun Banskota, president of NRG Electric Vehicle Services.
When: Thursday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Registration: Open to the public, space is limited. Registration prices are $100 for professionals; $75 for academics, government, non-governmental organizations; $50 for non-UT students; $25 for UT students. For more information and to register, visit www.utenergyforum.com.
Background: Graduate students from disciplines, including business, public policy, engineering, geosciences and law, are hosting the inaugural Energy Forum to gather energy professionals, academics and other experts to explore today's most pressing energy challenges.
Eight panels during the two-day event will address the following topics:
- Energy Resources for the Next 20 Years
- The Utility of the Future
- Buildings and the Nega-Watt Revolution
- Carbon Capture and Sequestration
- New Developments in Oil and Gas Resources
- Powering Transportation
- Bringing Energy Storage to Market Policy
- Tools to Advance New Energy Technology
The conference agenda and a list of speakers are available at www.utenergyforum.com.
Sponsors include Apache Energy, Booz and Co., Schlumberger, GE, Vestas, CLEAResult Consulting, Good Company, Cameron, Waste Management, Vinson and Elkins LLP, Wells Fargo, Energy Institute, McCombs School of Business, Energy Management and Innovation Center, Cockrell School of Engineering, The McCombs Alumni Endowed Excellence Fund, the School of Law, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the School of Architecture, College of Natural Sciences and the Jackson School of Geosciences.