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Advanced Design: Renewable Energy Innovation Lab (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a nationally recognized leader in buildings research combining renewable energy with innovative technologies to significantly reduce energy consumption in buildings. Bas... More
Research & Initiatives

Algae-Based Biofuels

The University of Texas at Austin is conducting a multidisciplinary research and development program directed toward extraction of triglycerides from algae for the production of transportation fuels. The triglyceride ext... More
Faculty & Staff

Allen, David

Dr Allen is the Director of the State of Texas Air Quality Research Program; his research group has been active for decades in performing measurements and modeling of regional air quality; he was one of the lead investig... More
Faculty & Staff

Alper, Hal

Using a variety of host systems, we seek to develop the necessary genetic tools and methodologies for creating industrially-relevant organisms for biomolecules, biofuels, and biopharmaceuticals. To accomplish this task, ... More
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ATI Clean Energy Incubator

The ATI Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) gives young clean energy companies the resources they need to succeed and grow into self-sustaining entities that contribute jobs to Austin and intellectual capital to the world. Loca... More
Faculty & Staff

Baldick, Ross

Dr. Baldick's current research involves optimization and economic theory applied to electric power system operations, the public policy and technical issues associated with electric transmission under deregulation, and t... More
Faculty & Staff

Barbara, Paul

Dr. Barbara\'s current research is focused on the molecular level underpinnings of the electro-optical properties of organic photovoltaic materials. The ultimate goal is to make rigorous connections between the molecular... More
Faculty & Staff

Bard, Allen J.

Our group works on the application of electrochemical methods to chemical problems. We are particularly interested in using electrochemistry to elucidate the behavior and properties of novel organic and inorganic species... More
Faculty & Staff

Berberoglu, Halil

Dr. Berberoglu’s research integrates thermal-fluid sciences with bio- and nano-technology and focuses on exploiting a wide range of renewable energy sources and carbon sequestration technologies. His research activitie... More
Faculty & Staff

Boyles, Stephen

Network modeling; dynamic traffic assignment; transportation user behavior; infrastructure systems More
Centers & Institutes

Brackenridge Field Laboratory

Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) is a premier urban field research station for studies in biodiversity, ecosystem change and natural history. The lab is of critical importance to The University of Texas at Austin's to... More
Faculty & Staff

Brand, Jerry

A major research interest of Jerry Brand is the mechanism of freezing damage in algal cells and processes that protect them from chilling and freezing damage. Studies are directed toward the development of improved proce... More
Faculty & Staff

Brown, R. Malcolm Jr.

algae: algal culture, cyanobacteria, role of algae as feedstock providers for biofuels, airborne algae, role of algae in cellulose biosynthesis; biofuels: role of cyanobacteria and algae in production of feedstocks and b... More
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Building Information Modeling for Capital Projects (CE 395 R7)

This course focuses on the skills and information needed to effectively use an existing Building Information Model (BIM) in plan execution for a building construction project. This is a project-based course where student... More
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Building Integrated Photovoltaic (ARC 386M; ARC 350R)

The goal is to develop a typology for building-integrated PV systems and to study the technical and economical potential of the integration of PV components in the building fabric of the campus of UT Austin. A real-scale... More
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Carbon Finance (PA 188G)

The focus of this course is on carbon finance contributed by governments and companies in developed countries to purchase project-based greenhouse gas emission reductions in developing countries and countries with econom... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Electromechanics

The University of Texas at Austin has grown its Center for Electromechanics into a world class center for modeling, analyzing, designing, and fabricating advanced electrical power generation and distribution systems. The... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Energy Finance Education & Research (CEFER)

The Department of Finance at the Mccombs School of Business has identified energy finance and financial risk management as key areas for innovative research and curriculum development. Energy and capital markets are und... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP)

The University of Texas at Austin chartered the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP) in the summer of 2005 to establish a dedicated policy center in one of the University's longstanding areas ... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology

Nanotechnology, a science that manipulates materials with atomic or molecular precision, is regarded as the next basic technology to follow Information Technology and Biotechnology. Nanotechnology promises new solutions ... More
Research & Initiatives

Clean Energy in Texas

Sponsor: Texas Committee on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Clean Energy Materials Thrust - Materials Science and Engineering (MS,PhD)

Rapid depletion of fossil fuels and growing environmental concerns make energy one of the greatest challenges facing humankind in the 21st century. The Clean Energy Materials Thrust is focused on the design and developme... More
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Clean Energy Technologies & Public Policy (PA 680)

This PRP will investigate a minimum of 12 clean energy technologies within the domains of renewable energy power production, transmission and distribution; energy efficiency technologies; alternative energy transportatio... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

CleanTech Concentration - Business Administration (MBA)

The CleanTech concentration prepares you for a career in renewable energy, energy efficiency and emissions abatement. This field is one of the fastest growing employment areas for MBAs. Clean technology companies are see... More
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Communicating about Science and the Environment (COM 370)

Global Climate Change represents just one topic in one of the “hottest” fields in communication--reporting on science and the environment. Add in Austin and Texas’ intricate environmental challenges--from water sup... More
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Comparative Methods Radiation Transportation (ME 388F)

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Conservation, Resources, and Technology (GRG 334)

Analysis of the relationship between the human population and its resource base, with particular emphasis on current problems in environmental resource management. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisit... More
Faculty & Staff

Dangel, Ulrich

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses in Design, Construction, Architectural Detailing, Structural Design. Thermal Lab experimental research and simulation of architectural components. More
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Design of Nuclear Systems (ME 388N)

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Development of a Solar-Powered Vehicle (EE 309S; EE 362S; ME 379M; ASE 379L)

Analysis, design, and construction of a solar-powered car for national competitions involving other universities. Study of electrical, mechanical, and aerodynamic systems. Electrical Engineering 309K (Topic: Development ... More
Research & Initiatives

Dispatchable Solar, Wind Storage System (DSWISS)

Sponsor: Austin Energy More
Faculty & Staff

Dodabalapur, Ananth

Dr. Dodabalapur's teaching interests are in the areas of electronic circuits (undergraduate), organic and polymer semiconductors (graduate), and charge transport in organic semiconductors (graduate). His current researc... More
Faculty & Staff

Dyer, James

James Dyer received his B.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests include risk management, multiple criteria decision making, and capital budgeting. Professor Dyer has off... More
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Electric Power Law (LAW 397S)

This three-credit seminar course will survey the most prominent current legal issues affecting the electric power industry. Taught by two practicing attorneys - the Executive VP and General Counsel of Energy Future Holdi... More
Centers & Institutes

Electric Vehicle Transportation and Electricity Convergence Center (EV-TEC)

The Electric Vehicle Transportation and Electricity Convergence (EV-TEC) Center represents a joint effort by Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, the National Science Foundation, and numerous corporat... More
Research & Initiatives

Electricity Transmission in the U.S. - Legal Issues and Trends

This paper is meant to provide a timely introduction and an edited currency review of developments in the pivotal area of electricity transmission development. The first two sections of this paper both feature the topic ... More
Research & Initiatives

Electrochemcial Supercapacitors

Electrochemical capacitors (double layer and redox capacitors) offer the important advantages of superior cyclability and high power capability compared to batteries. However, the limited capacitance of carbon materials ... More
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Emerging Issues In Renewable Energy Policy (LAW 279M)

This course will cover federal legislative initiatives regarding climate change, renewable energy standards, and transmission policy from a renewable project developer\'s perspective. We will discuss the impact of provis... More
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Emerging Technologies (ARE 377K; ARC 350R)

London is home to many of the world's most innovative and influential Architecture and Engineering firms. This course takes students behind-the-scenes to learn about the latest design technologies of world-class building... More
Research & Initiatives

Energy and Innovation: Structural Change and Policy Implications

The move towards sustainable energy production and use is one the most challenging and profound changes currently taking place in the world’s established and emerging economies. Energy and Innovation: Structural Change... More
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Energy and Society (TC 357K)

An overview of energy and its role in culture, economics, war, and international affairs. Introduction to quantitative concepts in energy, including the differences among fuels and energy technologies. More
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Energy And The Environment (GEO 305E)

A survey of all forms of current and potential sources of energy, and how these might impact the earth's environment. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. May not be counted ... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Energy Finance Concentration -- Business Administration (MBA)

After acceptance into the McCombs School, students have several choices of specializations from which to choose to pursue in their final year, including energy finance. Although an energy or finance background is not req... More
Centers & Institutes

Energy Institute

The Energy Institute has been established at the University of Texas at Austin to provide the State of Texas and the Nation guidance for sustainable energy security through the pursuit of research and education programs ... More
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Energy Law (LEB 380.31; PA 388K; LAW 379M; EER 396)

This course is intended to introduce graduate students to the ways in which legal/regulatory systems affect the energy industry, and to the important economic and political concerns that underlie the regulation of produc... More
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Energy Law and Policy (LAW 397S)

This seminar on energy policy, transactions, litigation and regulation will cover both conventional energy sources such as oil and gas as well as newer alternative sources such as wind, solar, and biofuels. This seminar ... More
Centers & Institutes

Energy Management and Innovation Center

The mission of the Energy Management and Innovation Center is to contribute to a better understanding of the economic, commercial, and policy issues involved in the production, distribution, and consumption of energy. More
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Energy Optimization in Building Design (ARC 386M; ARC 350R )

This course will introduce the student to whole-building energy simulation and energy optimization techniques using computer simulation, including the hourly simulation of dynamic thermal envelope loads, shading analysis... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Energy Systems and Renewable Energy Technical Core - Electrical and Computer Engineering (BS)

The Energy Systems and Renewable Energy Technical Core provides the foundation for a career in electric power systems, generation, grid operation, motors and drives, and renewable energy sources. This Core involves the s... More
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Energy Systems Laboratory (ME 363L)

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Degree Plans & Curricula

Energy Technologies Technical Area Option - Chemical Engineering (BS)

The need for energy sustainability and new energy technologies provides some of the most significant scientific and engineering challenges that face society. Chemical engineers are uniquely qualified to address these iss... More
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Energy, Environmnet, and Society (UGS 303)

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Engineering Biology: Prospects for Biofuels to Biomedicine (UGS 302)

We have mastered the ability to alter bacteria and yeasts in such a way as to revolutionize energy production, health technology, the chemical industry, and environmental protection. We will examine the underlying techno... More
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Engineering Communication (CE 333T)

This course prepares engineering students to communicate engineering innovations and solutions to a range of audiences, from non-technical to technical. It also encourages them to think critically about sustainability an... More
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Engineering Sustainable Technology (CHE 397)

Flows of materials and energy in engineering environments at local, regional, and global scales, and the interaction of those anthropogenic flows with natural cycles of materials and energy. Discusses biogeochemical flow... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Environmental Engineering Technical Option Area - Chemical Engineering (BS)

Chemical engineers are uniquely qualified to contribute to the solution of environmental problems and to design processes and products that minimize environmental hazards. From pollution prevention by process optimizatio... More
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Environmental Journalism (J 349T, J 395)

Global Climate Change represents just one topic in one of the "hottest" fields in journalism--reporting on the environment. Add in Austin and Texas' intricate environmental challenges--from water supply and quality, to i... More
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Environmental Science: A Changing World (GRG 304E)

This course will survey the major global environmental concerns affecting the Earth and its residents from the perspectives of the environmental sciences. As such, it also provides an introduction to how scientists moni... More
Research & Initiatives

Evaluation and Analysis of Texas Biofuel Supply Chains Originating in the U.S. Midwest and Brazil

This 2009 study, funded by the Southwest Region University Transportation Center, investigates competing ethanol supply chains terminating in the State of Texas. Midwest corn ethanol and Brazilian sugarcane ethanol const... More
Research & Initiatives

Evolution of the Nations’ Vehicle Fleet and GHG Emissions Reduction under Climate Policies

Energy and carbon-reducing policies are coming, along with new vehicle technologies. No one knows how quickly the nation’s fleet and carbon footprint will evolve. This work will build off recent SWUTC work on the evolu... More
Faculty & Staff

Fajkus, Matt

architectural design, daylighting, energy efficiency More
Faculty & Staff

Ferreira, Paulo

My research interests focus on the study of the atomic structure and defect behavior of nanomaterials, through in-situ and high-resolution TEM techniques. In particular, I am interested in understanding the relationships... More
Research & Initiatives

Fuel Cells

Fuel cells are appealing for a variety of energy needs including portable, transportation, and stationary applications since they offer clean energy with high efficiencies. However, a widespread commercialization of fuel... More
Faculty & Staff

Garrison, Michael

Professor Michael Garrison is currently active in the design and construction of sustainable buildings. He has served as the faculty sponsor of the 2002, 2005, and 2007 Solar Decathlon competitions administered by the U.... More
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Global Energy Transactions (LAW 379M; FIN 390; EER 396)

This course is open to students in the Law School, McCombs School of Business and the Energy and Earth Resources Program in the Jackson School of Geosciences. It will cover the following legal topics: applicable legal re... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Graduate Portfolio Program: Sustainability

The Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability provides Master and Doctoral students with a trans-disciplinary framework to study and research issues related to sustainability. Sustainability is an emerging discourse t... More
Faculty & Staff

Grady, Mack

Dr. Grady's research interests are mainly in the area of electric power systems, with special focus on harmonics and power quality. He regularly teaches courses in power system engineering, power electronics, and circuit... More
Research & Initiatives

Green Marine Transportation Program

The Green Marine Transportation Program is focused on the development of technologies for improving the fuel efficiency of ships. Studies are focused on quantifying the annual fuel consumption associated with each of the... More
Faculty & Staff

Grimshaw, Thomas

Dr. Grimshaw’s professional interests are currently in areas related to energy policy, with emphasis on emerging energy technologies and resources. He is particularly interested in the intriguing case of cold fusion, w... More
Faculty & Staff

Hallock, Gary

Dr. Hallock's research is in plasma science and involves two different areas in this applied science field. The first involves high performance Hall-type plasma thrusters, which are being developed for stationkeeping of ... More
Faculty & Staff

Harpman, Louise

Design/Build, architectural design, community engagement, prefabrication More
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Hebner, Robert

Dr. Hebner's research interests include high voltage pulse generators, electrical conduction and breakdown, superconducting motors,hybrid vehicle technology, high speed generators, energy storage, and advanced low-volume... More
Faculty & Staff

Heller, Adam

In his studies of solar energy conversion, Heller demonstrated that photo-electrochemical cells can convert efficiently sunlight to electrical power and to chemical energy, stored as hydrogen. He raised the solar convers... More
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Hidden Treasures of Plants: Fuel, Food, Meds, and Money (UGS 302)

Plants have been used as treasures by civilizations for eons, but this course will focus on surprising, undervalued treasures of plants in today?s world, including their increasing use as biofuels, their little-known val... More
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Housing Practices & Public Policy: Sustainability & Renewable Energy Applications for Low Income Housing (PA 388K; CRP 388)

This cross-listed course with the LBJ School of Public Affairs (PA388K) and Community and Regional Planning (CRP388) is a research-and-teaching project forms part of the core ?Urban Sustainability? doctoral program in th... More
Faculty & Staff

Hoyer, Wayne

Wayne D. Hoyer holds the James L. Bayless/William S. Farrish Fund Chair for Free Enterprise. Dr. Hoyer joined the faculty of The University of Texas in the Spring of 1981 after receiving his Ph.D. (1980), M.S. (1979), an... More
Research & Initiatives

Hybrid Distribution Trucks: Costs and Benefits

This study will explore the growing interest from federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Metropolitan Planning Agencies (MPOs) failing to meet air quality standards, and mechanical engineering r... More
Centers & Institutes

IC2 Institute

As an interdisciplinary research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, the IC2 Institute has advanced the Theory and Practice of Entrepreneurial Wealth Creation. The theories and hypotheses developed at IC2 are test... More
Research & Initiatives

IGERT: Sustainable Grid Integration of Distributed and Renewable Resources

A collaborative research and education project between UT-Austin and the Pecan Street Project in Austin is the basis for a recently funded NSF IGERT proposal, which is to train up to 12 graduate students per year. Alread... More
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Integrating Energy Options and Policies for the 21st Century (PA 680)

This PRP will examine policies that are encouraging or discouraging the increased use of nuclear energy and natural gas, then focus on factors that are inhibiting development of members of the group of less recognized en... More
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International Energy Transactions (LAW 263T; LAW 463T)

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Intro to Nuclear Power Systems (ME 337C)

Radioactivity, nuclear interactions- fission and fusion, fission reactors, nuclear power systems, nuclear power safety. Prerequisite: For engineering majors, Physics 303L and 103N with a grade of at least C in each and a... More
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Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance (RM 357e)

The Introduction to Risk Management & Insurance course is designed for upper division students interested in Enterprise or Strategic Risk Management decision-making. The course of study includes work with public policy c... More
Faculty & Staff

King, Carey

Dr. Carey King studies energy systems, how they work together, how they impact the environment, and how and why humans as a society consume energy resources. He specializes in dynamic systems modeling and nonlinear optim... More
Faculty & Staff

Kinney, Kerry

Dr. Kinney's research in environmental engineering focuses on the beneficial application of microorganisms to the treatment of pollutants in the environment. Her research team develops biological treatment systems for co... More
Faculty & Staff

Klein, Dale

Dale E. Klein is Associate Director of the Energy Institute and Associate Vice President for Research at UT-Austin. Formerly he was Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and also served as a member of the Commiss... More
Faculty & Staff

Kwasinski, Alexis

Dr. Kwasinski’s research interests are in the broad areas of power electronics, energy conversion, and electromechanical systems, with emphasis on distributed generation (microgrids), nonlinear power electronics contro... More
Faculty & Staff

Leite, Fernanda L.

Dr. Leite's research interests include: computer-aided engineering and design; product and process modeling; construction management; building information modeling; information technology for project management; life-cyc... More
Research & Initiatives

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries have become the power source of choice for portable electronic devices as they offer higher energy density compared to other rechargeable battery systems. They are also intensely pursued for hybrid ... More
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Management Sustainability Practicum (MAN 385)

This practicum is for students who want to work with senior managers from H.E.B., Wal-Mart, Inc. and the U.S. Council for Sustainable Development to develop a complete ?business case? for a series of sustainability proje... More
Faculty & Staff

Manthiram, Arumugam

Dr. Manthiram directs a large, productive research group in electrochemical energy technologies with 27 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. His current research is focused on high energy density batteries, in... More
Research & Initiatives

Materials for Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes

New electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries are essential for reducing greenhouse gases and enhanced utilization of renewable energy sources. We are trying to identify new materials and nano-structures for use as e... More
Faculty & Staff

Meyers, Jeremy P.

Dr. Jeremy Meyers earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 2006. Dr. Meyers researches the design and opt... More
Faculty & Staff

Mullins, Charles Buddie

The research interests of Professor Buddie Mullins include materials chemistry for energy regarding: (i) solar photoelectrocatalysis relating to the production of fuels from sunlight, (ii) the catalysis and surface chemi... More
Research & Initiatives

Nanomaterials

Nanomaterials are intensely pursued for a variety of technological applications. Chemical synthesis and processing play a critical role in accessing nanomaterials with desired morphology, microstructure, and properties. ... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Natural Resources and the Environment Specialization - Public Affairs (MPAff)

The Natural Resources and the Environment specialization provides coursework to support students interested in air, water, or land management; energy policy; or minerals policy in the government, nonprofit, or for-profit... More
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Nuclear Health Physics (ME 389D)

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Research & Initiatives

Office of Naval Research Electric Ship Program

The U.S. Navy is investing in technology for an electric naval force in order to increase affordability and military capability. This transformational war fighting capability is based on integrated electric power system ... More
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Opportunity on the Horizon: Photovoltaics in Texas

Photovoltaic devices convert the light of the sun into electricity. Photovoltaics (PV) have been a long time in development from the discovery of the photovoltaic effect in 1839 to the manufacture of the first silicon-b... More
Faculty & Staff

Orbach, Raymond

Dr. Raymond Lee Orbach is Director of The University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute, a multi-disciplinary institute that combines the strengths of the university's schools and colleges to advance solutions to toda... More
Research & Initiatives

Pecan Street Project

UT faculty and students are providing research support for the DOE sponsored smart grid demonstration that was awarded to the Pecan Street Project ($10 million over five years). In the smart grid demonstration project at... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Policy and Law Module - Energy and Earth Resources (MA)

The Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program provides the opportunity for students to prepare themselves in management, finance, economics, law and policy leading to analytical and leadership positions in resource rel... More
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Political Economy of Global Energy (PA 388k)

This course will introduce students to the major theoretical frameworks commonly used to analyze the design and implementation of public policies related to energy issues, and the response of the energy industry to those... More
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Professional Development Seminar (EVS 151)

Examines the fundamental, nontechnical aspects of environmental science and sustainability practices. Focuses on the use of interdisciplinary communication for addressing and assessing environmental science processes, th... More
Research & Initiatives

Quantifying the Tradeoffs of Energy

Sponsors: Power Across Texas and major industrial partners More
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Radioactive Waste Management (CE 377K; ME 389E)

This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of sources of radiation, ionizing radiation, its interaction with matter and living tissues, radioactive decay kinetics, external and internal radiation d... More
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Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CE 397)

The objectives of this course are to understand causes and consequences of global climate change, Estimate ecological footprints, Solve environmental sustainability problems using mass and energy balances, Apply input-ou... More
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Renewable Energy and Power Systems (EE 362R; EE 379K)

Introduction to renewable energy sources and their integration into power systems. Includes wind energy: resources, turbines, blades, rotor power characteristics, generators, active and reactive power, variability, and v... More
Research & Initiatives

Renewable Resource Assessment for Texas

Sponsor: State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) More
Faculty & Staff

Rhykka Connelley

Dr. Connelly is a research associate at the Center for Electromechanics. She works on algae biofuel research as well as research on sustainable fertilizer, made from algae. More
Centers & Institutes

Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin provides the imagination, leadership and intellectual innovation required to help meet the challenges of the 21st centu... More
Faculty & Staff

Ruoff, Rodney S.

Our research includes study of the synthesis, characterization, and application of novel carbon materials, algae-biodiesel, and new instrument development and use. One such carbon material is graphene, a two-dimensional ... More
Faculty & Staff

Santoso, Surya

Dr. Surya Santoso's research interests include development of intelligent systems for enhancing the infrastructure of the electric power grid (e.g., autonomous intelligent monitoring and assessment systems, predictive ma... More
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Science, Economics, and Politics of Energy Production (TC 357)

A detailed examination, from an engineering perspective, of the science, technology, economics and politics of non-renewable and renewable energy production and distribution. Renewable energy sources, e.g. wind, solar, p... More
Faculty & Staff

Seibert, Frank

Frank Seibert is the Technical Manager of the Separations Research Program at The University of Texas at Austin. The Separations Research Program is a consortium composed of approximately 20 industrial companies that sup... More
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Selected Topics in Physics: Energy Production (PHY 341)

Topic 1: Energy Production. The various means that exist or have been suggested for generating energy; comparison in terms of efficiency, safety, and effects on the environment. More
Faculty & Staff

Smith, Ernest

Oil, wind, and gas law, international petroleum transactions, property, wind energy law More
Research & Initiatives

Solar Cells

Solar energy is the most abundant, and the amount of energy received from the sun every hour exceeds the annual global energy requirements. The major hurdle to widespread adoption of solar cells is that existing solar en... More
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Solar Conversion Devices (EE 379K)

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Solar Energy Systems Design (ME 374S)

The objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of solar radiation and of solar thermal and PV components and systems, including performance and economics. Other renewable energy technol... More
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Solar Geometry and Energy Flow in Buildings (ARC 350R, ARC 386M)

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of how buildings interact with their energetic environment, i.e. the natural energy that flows around and through them. More
Research & Initiatives

Solar Photocatalytic Materials – Sunlight to Fuels

We are testing and trying to discover cheap, durable, and efficient materials as well as device strategies and non-morphologies for use as photocatalysts for converting cheap feed-stocks (e.g., water or carbon dioxide) i... More
Faculty & Staff

Stevenson, Keith

Our research looks at interfacial processes occurring at solid/liquid interfaces. Understanding the chemistry and physics at these interfaces can have huge technological implications such as in the development of sensors... More
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Sustainability Planning (C E 397)

Sustainability increasingly drives the decisions of consumers, producers, institutions, and governments. Thus, appropriate decision paradigms and improved analytical techniques are needed. Drawing on a broad array of dis... More
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Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Austin (PA 682A)

Austin Energy and Solar Austin are co-sponsoring the creation of a "Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Austin (the Roadmap), a detailed plan for Austin Energy to become carbon-neutral. The project will identify the steps tha... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainable Energy Systems Certificate - Mechanical Engineering

Access to energy directly correlates with the quality of life we enjoy. Today, we face the grand challenge of meeting the energy needs of a growing population while minimizing the adverse effects of these technologies on... More
Research & Initiatives

Switchgrass as a Biofuel Crop

The agronomic development of switchgrass as a biofuel crop has focused primarily on Panicum virgatum. Unfortunately, P. virgatum is a complex polyploid (both tetraploid and octaploid series exist), has a large genome (1C... More
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Switchgrass Response to Future Climate Change

A critical challenge of the 21st century is to discover large-scale sources of sustainable energy. While various alternatives to fossil fuels are currently being developed for electricity production (e.g. solar, nuclear,... More
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Technoeconomic Modeling of Integrating Wind Into the Grid

Sponsor: Department of Energy More
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Texas Electrical Vehicle Program

The University of Texas at Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM), the Texas Energy Conservation Office, and the Texas Department of Commerce have jointly organized an electric and hybrid-electric vehicle program in Texas.... More
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Texas Industries of the Future

Texas Industries of the Future (IOF) was established in 2001 with funding from the US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through contracts with the Texas State Energy Conservation Offic... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Texas MBA+ Leadership Program

As Texas MBAs develop into influential business leaders, the Texas MBA+ Leadership Program facilitates an individually tailored professional development and leadership experience. MBA+ provides an evolving series of serv... More
Research & Initiatives

The Nexus of Energy and Water in Texas

Sponsors: National Science Foundation, Texas State Energy Conservation Office, Energy Foundation, Texas Water Development Board (TXWDB), private donors More
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The Politics of National Energy Policy Reform

Can we or should we bear the costs of reform now, such as higher energy prices and higher prices for energy intensive products? Will the benefits exceed the costs? Collectively, these questions have been the focus of a g... More
Faculty & Staff

Titman, Sheridan

Dr. Titman has a national reputation for his research on corporate finance, real estate and asset pricing issues. He currently blogs on energy policy from a financial economist’s perspective. Keywords: Valuation, Energ... More
Research & Initiatives

University of Texas Energy Poll

The Energy Management & Innovation Center (EMIC) within the University of Texas McCombs School of Business is launching a new groundbreaking public opinion poll to measure and report on US consumer opinions and attitudes... More
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University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team

The University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team is a student organization sponsored by the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The team consists of a diverse range of students from the Cockre... More
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UT Energy Symposium - International Energy Issues (PA 188S)

This weekly speaker series seeks to provide a common platform for students from all disciplines across the campus to interact on the most pressing energy issues facing our globe. The series will introduce students to a w... More
Research & Initiatives

UT Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon is a university competition in which engineering and architectural teams from participating schools design, construct, transport and erect completely sustainable solar homes and display them on the Na... More
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UTEX The Culture Collection of Algae

The principal resource of UTEX is its extensive collection of living algae. Nearly 2,800 different strains of algae, representing approximately 200 different genera, are provided to the public at modest charge. The princ... More
Faculty & Staff

Ward, Peter M.

Dr. Ward\'s principal research interests are Latin American urbanization, contemporary Mexican politics, housing policy and planning, Mexico City, and colonia-type agencies. In 2000, he and Victoria Rodriguez were jointl... More
Faculty & Staff

Webber, Michael

Michael Webber's research interests include energy systems analysis, renewable and alternative energy, energy policy, the nexus of energy, food and water, algae biofuels, and energy in Texas. Michael is one of the origin... More
Research & Initiatives

Welch Renewable Energy Initiative

The Welch Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) within the Center for Electrochemistry began in September 2008 with major funding from the Robert A. Welch Foundation. The REI mission is to catalyze discovery and advances in ... More
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Well-to-Wheel Analysis of Innovative Biofuels

Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency More
Faculty & Staff

Whitsett, Dason

Dason Whitsett is a Principal of Pollen Architecture in Austin and serves as Ajunct Lecturer in the Graduate Program in Sustainable Design. His teaching and research center on solar geometry, the thermal modeling and tec... More
Courses

Wind Energy (LAW 379M)

"Wind Energy will cover federal and state governmental incentives for wind- generated electricity; regulations dealing with the location of wind farms; acquisition and content of wind leases; issues, such as claims of nu... More
Courses

Wind Energy & Other Renewables (LAW 397S)

The seminar will focus primarily on the legal issues surrounding commercial wind energy development, including siting, regulatory, electric transmission, and environmental issues. At least one session will be devoted to ... More
Research & Initiatives

Wind Energy and Electricity Markets

Many jurisdictions are greatly increasing the amount of wind production, with the expectation that increasing renewables will reduce greenhouse emissions.  This paper discusses the interaction of increasing wind, transm... More
Courses

Wind Law (LAW 279M)

"Wind Law will cover federal and state governmental incentives for wind- generated electricity; regulations dealing with the location of wind farms; acquisition and content of wind leases; issues, such as claims of nuisa... More
Faculty & Staff

Yetkin, Yildirim

Dr. Yildirim is the director of the Texas Pavement Preservation Center. He received his Masters (1998), and Ph.D. (2000) in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his studies at UT, Dr. Yild... More
Faculty & Staff

Yu, Edward

Professor Yu directs a research laboratory concerned generally with the characterization, understanding, and application of physical phenomena and of solid-state material and device properties at nanometer to atomic leng... More