Wednesday 2016

Wednesday, February 17

Energy & Society

8:30 – 9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15

Panel: Food for Thought: Energy-food Nexus
Ty Vaughn, Monsanto
Michael Webber, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, UT Austin
Rajeev Patel, Research Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin (Moderator)

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:45

Panel: Water Initiatives in Texas: Energy, Technology, and Policy
Charles Porter, Professor, St. Edward’s University
Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street, Inc. | Click to view PDF slides
Darrell Peckham, Peckham P.G., LLC | Click to view PDF slides
Bridget Scanlon, Bureau of Economic Geology, UT Austin | Click to view PDF slides
Jim Malewitz, Energy Reporter, Texas Tribune (Moderator)

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 1:15

Lunch and Keynote Speakers:
Russell Gold, UT Energy Journalism Fellow and Journalist at the Wall Street Journal
Seamus McGraw, Author of The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone

1:15 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:45

The Science of Fracking
Rob Jackson, Professor, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University | Click to view PDF slides
Cliff Frohlich, Associate Director, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences, UT Austin | Click to view PDF slides
David T. Allen, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT Austin | Click to view PDF slides
David Spence, Professor, School of Law and McCombs School of Business, UT Austin (Moderator)

2:45 – 3:00


3:00 – 4:15

Regulatory Responses to Fracking
Scott Anderson, Senior Policy Director, US Climate and Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund
Mike Smith, Executive Director, Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission
Matt Lepore, Director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Colorado Department of Natural Resources | Click to view PDF slides
John Smelko, Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Manager, North Region, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation | Click to view PDF slides
Melinda Taylor, Executive Director, KBH Center for Energy, Law & Business, UT Austin (Moderator)

4:15 – 4:30


4:30 – 5:45

Panel: Powering the Cities of the Future
Bert Haskell, Pecan Street Inc.
Josh Rhodes, Postdoctoral Fellow, Energy Institute, UT Austin | Click to view PDF slides
Roger Duncan, Research Fellow, Energy Institute, UT Austin | Click to view PDF slides
Petra Liedl, School of Architecture, UT Austin (Moderator) | Click to view PDF slides

5:45 – 7:00

Reception with Energy Thought Summit at Clive Bar on Rainey Street
Come to an open-bar happy hour sponsored by Zpryme and Energy Thought Summit 2016!
Register via Eventbrite before February 15.