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Research & Initiatives

A Comprehensive Analysis of Built Environment Characteristics on Household Residential Choice and Auto Ownership Levels

There has been an increasing interest in the land use-transportation connection in the past decade, motivated by the possibility that design policies associated with the built environment can be used to control, manage, ... More
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Advanced Architectural Design Studio: Alley Flat Initiative (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

"The Alley Flat Initiative works to advance three goals--design innovation, environmental sustainability, and affordability. In the format of a design/build studio, students will be working closely with each other, the s... More
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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
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Advanced Design: Sustainability Innovations Studio - Green Monsters (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

Sustainability Innovations is a studio sequence focused on achieving sustainable design solutions through a comprehensive, technologically progressive and a research oriented approach. More
Faculty & Staff

Alford, Elizabeth

Elizabeth has taught design studios at UTSOA for six years, as well as a seminar on construction systems for houses. She is currently at work on a book titled "Site::Offsite; Architecture and the Factory-Built House," fo... More
Research & Initiatives

Alley Flat Initiative

The Alley Flat Initiative is a collaboration between the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the Austin Community Design and Development Center.... More
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Assessing Energy Requirements and Material Flows of Selective Laser Sintering Nylon Powder

Selective laser sintering (SLS) is a laser-based, additive manufacturing method for creating functional parts. Parts are built from a CAD model, layer-by-layer. The part is built inside a powder bed, and most of this pow... 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
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Austin Area Environmental Issues (UGS 302)

A freshman signature course. 18 students. Discussion format. Writing flag. Contents span a range of Austin environmental issues: water use, endangered species, green building, park management, recycling, etc. 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

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

Blackhurst, Michael

Evaluating the life-cycle public and private impacts of sustainable building technologies under system constraints. 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
Degree Plans & Curricula

Bridging Disciplines Program in the Environment

The Environment BDP gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplinary approaches to environmental processes and contemporary environmental issues. By bringing together courses in natural sciences, socia... More
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Building Codes and the Environment (ARC 386M)

This course will be offered infrequently. Building and technological codes, too often ignored in design education, are the principal means by which societies attempt to shape the built environment. This seminar is histo... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Building Energy and Environments Program -- Architectural Engineering (MSE)

The Building Energy and Environments program (BEE) consists of faculty, staff and students who focus on a wide range of issues related to building environments. These issues include building energy usage, energy flows, a... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Building Energy and Environments Technical Area Option - Architectural Engineering (BS)

The Building Environmental Systems area of practice involves the design of the building environment thermal comfort, acoustics and noise control, indoor air quality, illumination, and plumbing and electrical systems. Thi... More
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Building Energy Management Systems (C E 397)

This course examines the underlying thermodynamic principles of advanced building heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, studies integration of power production systems with building environmental con... More
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Building Energy Management Systems (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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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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Business and the Environment (MKT 382)

Environmental issues affect firms in many ways and often cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines, such as economics, marketing, engineering and law. In this course, we focus on the design and implementation of ma... 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 and Environmental Resources (CEER)

The Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER) serves as a liaison for energy and environmental research, education, and public service at the University of Texas at Austin. It focuses on efficient and economic... 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 Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security

The Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES) is pursuing scientific understanding of multiscale, multiphysics processes to ensure safe and economically feasible storage of carbon dioxide and other bypro... 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
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
Research & Initiatives

CSD Living Lab

The West Mall Building (where the Center for Sustainable Devleopment is located) is desperately in need of renovation. The space is poorly planned and inefficiently utilized. In conjunction with a major renovation plan f... 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 Air Conditioning Systems (ME 374R)

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Design of Energy Efficient and Healthy Buildings (ARE 370; ARE 381E; CE 381E)

Design of buildings for low energy use and optimal indoor air quality. Includes ventilation, energy efficiency, moisture problems, and prevention by design. More
Research & Initiatives

Developing a Fundamental Understanding of the Chemistry of Warm Mix Additives

Porous friction course (PFC), more than any other pavement surface, serve to reduce tire-pavement noise and are used in lieu of or together with noise barriers to reduce sound levels in urban areas. PFC's enhance the dra... More
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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
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Development Within a Low Carbon World (PA 388K)

This course seeks to prepare professionals for post-Kyoto climate negotiations and address sustainable development issues associated with adoption of climate-related technologies in developing nations. One half of th... More
Research & Initiatives

Dispatchable Solar, Wind Storage System (DSWISS)

Sponsor: Austin Energy 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
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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
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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
Research & Initiatives

Energy and Environment Resource Studies

The Bureau of Economic Geology has long been a leader in oil and gas resource studies. We are applying these proven research tools to the development of new hydrologic and geomorphic studies that provide a framework for ... 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
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
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 Modeling and Design Process (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Energy Optimization in Building Design (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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
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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
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Energy Simulation in Building Design (ARE 371; ARE 383; CE 397)

Fundamentals of building energy simulations, analytical models for heat transfer in buildings, general numerical methods for solving equations from the analytical models, use of energy simulation tools in building design... 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 Technology and Policy (PA 388K; ME 397; ME 397M, EER 396; MAN 385; CHEM 359; CHEM 384)

Technology and policy related to energy supply and demand, oil and gas production, coal utilization, hydrogen production, fuel cells, transportation, nuclear power, solar and wind energy, biomass utilization, energy cons... More
Research & Initiatives

Energy Use and Opportunities in the Wastewater Treatment Sector

Sponsor: Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy More
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Energy, Environmnet, and Society (UGS 303)

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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
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 Philosophy (PHL 388)

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Research & Initiatives

Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development

The need for robust methods that can accurately measure bicycle and walking activity has long been recognized, particularly in relation to land use. Many planning agencies are trying to assess the potential for smart gro... More
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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
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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

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Faculty & Staff

Ferland, Kathey

Kathey Ferland is a Project Manager with the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources. She currently manages the Texas Industries of the Future project focused on finding efficient energy management practices and te... More
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Field Seminar in Environmental Science and Sustainability (EVS 311)

EVS 311 introduces field observation and analysis of environmental processes and sustainability issues. Seminar topics include ecology, hydrogeology, marine science, climate science, energy, and campus and urban sustaina... 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
Research & Initiatives

Geothermal Research in Deep Sediments (GRIDS)

The Bureau of Economic Geology is pursuing transformational research related to geothermal energy (GE) development from deep sedimentary basins. The northern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is a representative environment of deep, ... 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
Faculty & Staff

Goodenough, John

Dr. Goodenough's research into the relationships between the chemistry, structure, and electronic/ionic properties of solids addresses fundamental solid state problems in order to design new materials that can enable an ... 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
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Groundwater Resource Evaluation (EER 396)

Groundwater Resource Evaluation is an interdisciplinary course that will investigate groundwater resource evaluation and development. As populations increase, we need better management of our current resources and develo... More
Faculty & Staff

Harpman, Louise

Design/Build, architectural design, community engagement, prefabrication More
Faculty & Staff

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
Research & Initiatives

Hot Science - Cool Talks/Outreach Lecture Series

Leading researchers communicate their research to the public, and in particular to the K-12 community. The talks are interactive educational experiences, lively discussion, and a live webcast. 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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Intelligent Building Skins (ARC 350R, ARC 386M)

In this course, students will explore the functional, assembly, and detailing criteria that are considered when developing concepts for the building envelope. The semester will begin with a series of exercises to gain a ... More
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Issues in Urban Management (PA 388L)

This course is designed to address core functions in urban management, particularly those issues pertaining to the business of medium and large-scale municipalities, and to develop and refine professional and leadership ... 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

Lanoux, Steven M

Design and construction of Estuarine Research Center, a LEED Gold bilding, with hurricane resistant envelope, designed to withstand daily assault from coastal environment, and significant sustainability features incorpor... 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
Faculty & Staff

Levy, Francois

Levy's teaching centers on Environmental Control of buildings and technology integration. His research is related to passive and active environmental control systems in buildings, space architecture and regolith mitigati... More
Faculty & Staff

Loftus-Otway, Lisa

Lisa Loftus-Otway's research interests include transportation law and policy; energy, environment and sustainable development law and policy; freight planning and policy; public-private partnerships (PPP); and transporta... 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
Research & Initiatives

Modeling Energy Storage for a Green Yacht

Sponsor: Private donors More
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Native Green Roofs

By studying temperatures and rainwater capture capabilities of experimental roof tops at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Dr. Mark Simmons and colleagues have determined that gre... More
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Nexus of Food and Energy

Sponsor: Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy More
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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
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Photocatalytic NOx/HRVOC/O3 Removal in Transportation Applications

The focus of the proposed research is intensive and thorough testing of three commercial photocatalytic coatings applied to portland cement concrete to provide accurate data that are representative of highway application... 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
Degree Plans & Curricula

Post Professional Degree Program in Sustainable Design (M.Arch II, PP)

This degree program is intended for those students who have previously received a Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree, or BArch, from an accredited university and who wish to conduct graduate level research in s... More
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Preparing for EPA Effluent Limitation Guidelines

In this project, monitoring and testing experiments will be conducted to: determine "typical turbidity" representative of TxDOT's construction site discharges, collect performance data on innovative erosion and sediment ... More
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Renewable Resource Assessment for Texas

Sponsor: State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) 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

Siegel, Jeffrey

Dr. Siegel and his research team have ongoing research on HVAC filtration, portable air cleaners, protecting industrial and residential buildings from extraordinary events, particle resuspension, particle transport and d... More
Research & Initiatives

Smart Building Initiative

Tools are now available that offer real-time data for people who want to learn how their personal choices impact energy consumption at the room level. In a year-long project, the Smart Building Initiative marries this te... 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
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Solar Geometry/Energy Flow In Building (ARC 386M)

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of the interaction of buildings and their energetic environment, i.e. the natural energy that flows around and through them. Developing an 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
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainable Design (MSSD)

This degree plan is intended for those students who wish to prepare for a related PhD program, plan to work in public policy, or pursue activism related to sustainable architecture or urbanism. It is a non-professional r... More
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Sustainable Design Emphasis - First Professional Degree Program in Architecture (M.Arch. I, E)

This degree program is intended for those students who hold a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and intend to practice architecture as a licensed professional. No background in architecture or design is required, but a... More
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Sustainable Design Specialization - First Professional Degree Program in Architecture (M.Arch. I, S)

This degree program is intended for those students who hold a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and intend to practice architecture as a licensed professional. 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

System Operation and Preservation Optimization

TxDOT maintains 194,000 lane miles of pavement which is the largest State maintained highway system in the U.S. The current statewide pavement condition goal, set by the Texas Transportation Commission in 2002, is to ach... More
Research & Initiatives

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 Energy Policy (GEO 391; PA 672; PA 682)

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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

Texas Pavement Preservation Center 2010

A joint collaboration between CTR of the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) of Texas A&M University, the Texas Pavement Preservation Center (TCCP) (TPPC) promotes the use of paveme... More
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The Engineered World -- Energy (UGS 302)

Topics of this course include global and regional energy supply and demand, energy conversion and power production, energy use in buildings, transportation and industry, outlook for global energy resources, environmental... More
Research & Initiatives

The Greening of the University of Texas at Austin Main Campus

This paper briefly describes UTSOA student team documentations of proposed strategies for a greening of the University of Texas at Austin main campus. The investigations use the campus as a laboratory to explore how to e... More
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The Human Use of the Earth (GRG 346)

We will explore human impacts on environmental systems and the human role in creating a sustainable global future. 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
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The Sustainability Penalty

Despite the widespread attention that sustainability and ethical consumerism is receiving sales of sustainable products (i.e., those with a beneficial social and/or environmental impact) still represent “only a small f... More
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Topics in Architectural Theory: Sustainable Architecture (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

This class proposes to establish a goal of investigating applied research green building systems that could be utilized as resource conservation strategies for the greening of the main campus at the University of Texas a... More
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University Co-op Materials Resource Center

The Materials Lab collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive material collections of its kind at any college or university in the country, if not the world. Currently, the Materials Lab has a growing collect... More
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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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Use of Manufactured Sands for Concrete Paving

The use of manufactured fine aggregate (MFA) is becoming much more prevalent due to the depletion of natural sand sources in parts of the state, particularly the Fort Worth and Dallas Districts. Manufactured sands are pr... 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
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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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UT Thermal Lab

The Thermal Lab is located on the south side of the West Mall Building and serves as a real-scale testing facility that simulates a full scale single room with a south-facing facade, allowing for thermal experiments as w... More
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Vehicle Ownership, Retirement and Use Decisions: Response to Rising Fuel Prices and Implications for Carbon Emissions Forecasts

Automobile ownership plays an important role in determining vehicle use, emissions, fuel consumption, congestion and traffic safety. This work provides new data on ownership decisions and owner preferences under various ... More
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Water Quality Performance of Permeable Friction Course on Curbed Sections

The permeable friction course (PFC) has been demonstrated in TxDOT Project 0-5220 to provide a substantial improvement in the quality of highway runoff. This reduction in pollutant concentrations is sufficient to meet th... 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
Faculty & Staff

Xie, Chi

Dr. Chi Xie's research interest is focused on transportation and logistics systems analysis, including transportation network routing, scheduling and planning, transportation emergency and risk management, transportation... 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
Faculty & Staff

Zarnikau, Jay

Jay Zarnikau provides consulting assistance to clients in the energy industry on issues related to energy conservation, the restructuring of electricity markets, energy pricing, and resource planning. His consulting work... More