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Jones Seminar: Global Energy Trends and Transition



3:30pm - 4:30pm ET

Spanos Auditorium/Online

Optional ZOOM LINK
Meeting ID: 943 2131 1230
Passcode: 498341

The worldwide energy sector is going through dramatic shifts in energy demand, end-uses, and sources. Population growth and economic growth are driving up total demand. Industrialization, urbanization, electrification and motorization are changing how we use energy, and a policy push for domestic, low-carbon and renewable fuels is changing our sources of energy. At the same time, we are entering an era where markets, technologies and policies are enabling dramatic increases in US production of oil, gas, wind, solar and bioenergy that is affecting global economies, the environment, and our national security posture. In parallel, our energy and information sectors are merging to form smarter energy systems and more energy-intensive information systems.

For this talk, Dr. Webber will give an entertaining and big-picture overview of global energy trends mixed in with humorous anecdotes, historical snippets, and unexpected examples that will give a surprising look into the future of energy.

About the Speaker(s)

Michael Webber
Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, UT Austin

Michael Webber

Michael Webber is the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin and CTO of Energy Impact Partners, a $2 billion cleantech venture fund. Previously, he also served as CTO at ENGIE, a global energy and infrastructure services company.

Webber's expertise lies at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization on topics related to innovation, energy, and the environment. His book, Power Trip: the Story of Energy led to an award-winning six-part companion series on PBS, while his prior book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival, was converted into a documentary.

He is a fellow of ASME and a Presidential Leadership Scholar, and has authored more than 400 publications, holds six patents, serves on the advisory board for Scientific American, and is a co-founder of DISCO Learning Media, which was acquired in 2018. Webber holds a BS and BA from UT Austin, and an MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford.


For more information, contact Ashley Parker at ashley.l.parker@dartmouth.edu.