Upcoming FOSEP Seminar: Michael Webber

Michael Webber discusses

“The Intersection of Engineering, Energy and Public Policy”

Please join FOSEP in welcoming our invited guest-speaker, Michael Webber (all the way from the University of Texas, Austin), to discuss his work examining the nexus of energy and food policy (and other funny stories in American energy policy).

Date: Monday, April 26th

Time: 10:30am

Location: UW Campus; Savery Hall, Room 264 (click here for Savery Hall location)

Michael Webber is the Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator, Fellow of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  Through his outreach and teaching endeavors, Webber’s research group (Webber Energy Group ) focuses on energy policy in a variety of facets including: alternative and sustainable energy sources, biofuels, transportation, and water policy.  His expertise has been sought globally.  In fact, Webber has given testimony for a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, a lecture at the United Nations, and briefings for chief executives at some of the nation’s leading companies.

Michael is one of the originators of the Pecan Street Project (http://pecanstreetproject.org/) which is a citywide, multi-institutional effort in Austin to create the electricity and water utilities of the future by the innovation and implementation of smart grids, smart meters, and smart appliances.  He has also served as a board member for the Hope Street Group (http://www.hopestreetgroup.org) which is a non-profit bi-partisan national organization for young professionals interested in promoting policies that expand opportunity and economic growth.  Webber’s expertise, opinions and research have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, NPR, PBS, The Daily Telegraph, BBC, ABC, CBS, Discovery, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, MSNBC, Nature Geoscience, and Earth Magazine.

Just a few days after Earth Day, this seminar should offer a breath of fresh air and insightful ideas relating to U.S. energy policy and the future of energy sustainability in the 21st century.

Discussion to follow, starting around 11:30am.  Email fosep@uw.edu for more information.

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