Energy experts from industry, academia, government and regulatory agencies, and non-profit organizations will gather on The University of Texas at Austin campus Feb. 4 – 8, 2019 to discuss some of the most vital energy issues facing society.
The conference, now in its fifth year, is organized by the Longhorn Energy Club in collaboration with the university’s Energy Institute and is supported by UT Austin schools and colleges engaged in energy-related research. A second student organization, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, also will host two days of continuing education courses during the weeklong event.
UT Energy Week 2019 will feature a variety of presentations and panel discussions on topics ranging from energy security and funding of emerging markets to the analytics of electricity forecasting and the geopolitics of energy. Stay tuned for updates and a final program.
Matthew Haley, president of the Longhorn Energy Club, said UT Energy Week gives students a rare opportunity to interact with leading experts representing a variety of viewpoints and perspectives.
“This is a terrific forum for students to learn from people who are at the forefront of important energy issues,” Haley said, adding that the event also allows students to showcase their research in a poster competition.
The conference allows students and others interested in energy issues the chance to learn from leading experts in an informal setting, said Energy Institute Acting Director Michael E. Webber.
“First and foremost, UT Energy Week is meant to be a learning experience,” he said.
“The program we have developed reflects responses to significant challenges in the energy world, and provides experts in a variety of fields an opportunity to share their insights on new research, emerging markets, and consumer preferences,” Webber added.
More than 500 people attended last year’s conference, which featured an exploration of energy topics ranging from trends in smart mobility networks; the advent of ridesharing services, self-driving cars and electric vehicles; and the newest innovation in the oil and gas industry.
Tom Schuessler, president of ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research Company, delivered a keynote address during the 2018 conference in which he extolled the company’s investment in technologies designed to lower carbon emissions, including projects exploring next-generation biofuels, carbon capture and sequestration, and carbonate fuel cells.
ExxonMobil has formed relationships with several top universities, including UT Austin, to advance cutting-edge scientific research.
Check back for updates and a final UT Energy Week 2019 program.