Energy is the lifeblood of our economy. From the fuel that powers our cars, electricity that runs our homes, and power that produces products and creates jobs--energy defines us in so many ways. There are great public policy discussions on how much energy Texas will need for the future, where it will come from, how we make sure we have enough and ensuring that it’s a diversified mix. Can Texas and America achieve energy independence and is this a good thing? As we analyze our state’s growth, how will new technologies and the growth in renewables impact Texas' decision-making?
Join us as we discuss where Texas is going in the energy arena. Confirmed panelists are Bert Haskell and Michael Webber, PhD.
About our Panelists:
Bert Haskell is the Technology Director for the Pecan Street Project a clean energy/smart grid research and development organization headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin. In collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pecan Street is developing and implementing smart grid and clean energy technologies and business models.
Bert has been working in technology and product development since starting his career in 1984 with Eastman Kodak, where he worked for 5 years as an electronics manufacturing process development engineer while earning his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester. Bert then worked for 9 years at the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp. (MCC) in Austin,TX, concluding his tenure there as Vice president of Portable Electronics Product Research.
Since 2000, the has held product development, product marketing and advisory rolls at a number of start-up companies including Stellar Display Corporation, Wireless Age, Motion Computing, Portelligent and most recently, Heliovolt, where he was Director of Product Development for CIGS based thin-film photovoltaic modules. He joined Pecan Street Project on August 1, 2010.
Michael Webber, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at UT-Austin. He is also a 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, where he trains a new generation of energy leaders through research and education.
Prior to joining UT-Austin, Michael studied issues relevant to energy, innovation, manufacturing, and national security at the RAND Corporation. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist at Pranalytica inventing sensors for homeland security, industrial and environmental monitoring applications. Michael has published twenty peer-reviewed scientific articles and has been awarded four patents. A highly sought public speaker, he has given more than 100 lectures, speeches, and invited talks, including testimony for a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, keynotes for scientific conferences, and briefings for chief executives at some of the nation's leading companies.
Michael is one of the originators of the Pecan Street Project, which is a citywide, multi-institutional effort in Austin to create the utility of the future by the innovation and implementation of smart grids, smart meters, and smart appliances. The Pecan Street Project team includes UT, the City of Austin, Austin Energy, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Austin Technology Incubator, and eleven corporate partners.