University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Forum hears from Pecan Street Project

Brewster McCracken, executive director of the Pecan Street Project

Brewster McCracken, executive director of the Pecan Street Project

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been a reminder about the tremendous expertise The University of Texas at Austin has in petroleum and related issues.

Experts from petroleum engineering, supercomputing, government and law have been sought for their views on the BP spill: what happened, what continues to happen and what it all means.

The June 1 Austin Forum event is a reminder that the university has ample expertise in alternative forms of energy: wind, solar, nuclear and how to store it and transmit it.

The speaker is Brewster McCracken, executive director of the Pecan Street Project.

The project has brought together government, industry, the university, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the U.S. Department of Energy and others to experiment in the best ways to get clean energy onto and through a smart grid.

A bunch of people from the university are involved. Thomas Edgar, an engineering professor, and Isaac Barchas, director of the Austin Technology Incubator (part of the university), are on the project’s board of directors.

The Austin Forum is at the AT&T Conference Center. It begins at 5:45 p.m. with networking and the presentation starts at 6:30.

It is free and open to the public.

The Texas Advanced Computer Center at The University of Texas at Austin sponsors the forum.

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