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Student-Led Inaugural Energy Forum to Address Pressing Global Energy Challenges

Event Details

Thursday, February 3, 2011 (All day) - Friday, February 4, 2011 (All day)

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

AUSTIN, Texas-- January 21, 2011-- The LBJ School of Public Affairs, along with 16 other university, public and private organizations, will sponsor the inaugural UT Energy Forum, a student-led event aimed at bringing together leading university researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and students to explore today's most pressing energy challenges. From oil exploration to renewable energy and alternative sources, to innovative energy ventures, this multi-disciplinary, two-day event, taking place Feb. 3 and 4,  will cover the gamut of energy-related global policy issues.

UT Energy Forum logo"The University of Texas at Austin is a leader in cutting-edge energy and cleantech research, and this event highlights the opportunity to bring together business, technology research, engineering and public policy to find solutions to meet today's energy demands," said Webber, who is also associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environment (CIEEP), a research center component of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at The University of Texas at Austin.

Graduate students studying business, public policy, engineering, geosciences and law will host the event which is open to the public and will include panels featuring LBJ School of Public Affairs faculty including: Chip Groat, John A. Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Energy and Mineral Resources; Peter Ward, C. B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair in United States-Mexico Relations; Shama Gamkhar, Associate Professor of Public Affairs; Leigh Boske, Professor of Economics; Varun Rai, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, Jay Zarnikau, Adjunct Professor, and Roger Duncan, Adjunct Professor.  For a full list of speakers and panels, visit: http://www.utenergyforum.com/

The keynote speakers are Dr. Arun Majumdar, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advacned Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), and Michael Webber, assistant professor in the university's Department of Mechanical Engineering. Eight panels over the course of two days will cover the following topics: energy resources for the next 20 years; the utlity 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, and tools to advance new energy technology.

The event is open to the public. Registration prices are $100 for professionals; $75 for academics, government employees and non-governmental organizations; $50 for students outside of the University of Texas at Austin, and $25 for University of Texas at Austin students.

Sponsors include: The LBJ School of Public Affairs, Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, Energy Management and Innovation Center, Cockrell School of Engineering, School of Law, School of Architecture, Jackson School of Geosciences, Apache Energy, Booz&Co, GE, CLEAResult Consulting, Cameron, Waste Management, and Vinson and Elkins, LLP.

For a full agenda and a link to register, visit: http://www.utenergyforum.com/