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Keynote Address

Global Energy Trends
Dr. Michael Webber

Dr. Michael Webber is Co-Director at the Clean Energy Incubator and an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas where he trains a new generation of energy leaders through research and education.

He has authored more than 75 scientific articles, columns, books and book chapters, including a compendium of his commentary titled Changing the Way America Thinks About Energy, which was published in May 2009. A highly sought public speaker, he has given more than 100 lectures, speeches, and invited talks in the last few years, including testimony for a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, keynotes for scientific conferences, a lecture at the United Nations, and briefings for chief executives at some of the nation’s leading companies. His expertise, opinions and research have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, NPR, PBS, BBC, ABC, CBS, Discovery, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, MSNBC, and many other prominent media outlets.

Michael holds four patents and is one of the originators of the Pecan Street Project, which is a citywide, multi-institutional effort in Austin, Texas to create the electricity and water utilities of the future by the innovation and implementation of smart grids, smart meters, and smart appliances.

Webber’s education includes a B.A. (Plan II Liberal Arts) and B.S. (Aerospace Engineering) from UT-Austin, and an M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) and Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Electrical Engineering) from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow from 1995-1998.