Fueling Our Energy Needs

  • 18 Oct 2011
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Marie Callendar's Restaurant 9503 Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78759

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What is most likely to satisfy our energy needs in the future - will it be wind, solar, biofuels or something yet to be invented? There are many scenarios for how we will meet the world’s energy needs.   Dr. Tad Patzek, a teacher, researcher and leader of UT’s Petroleum Engineering and Geosystems Department at UT Austin (the number one ranked program in the country) will share his research and views for how we can best fuel our energy needs in the coming decades.
 
About our Presenter: Tadeusz (Tad) Patzek is the Lois K. and Richard D. Folger Leadership Professor and Chairman of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin.  He also holds the Cockrell Family Regents Chair #11. Between 1990 and 2008, he was a Professor of Geoengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Berkeley, he was a researcher at Shell Development, a unique research company managed for 20 years by M. King Hubbert of the Hubbert peaks.

More recently, Patzek has engaged in the studies of complex systems, focusing on the ultra deepwater offshore operations.  He briefed Congress on the BP Deepwater Horizon well disaster in the Gulf, and was a frequent guest on NPR, ABC, BBC, CNN, and CBS programs. In January 2011, Patzek became a member of the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee for the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE).

For the last two years, Patzek’s research has emphasized the use of unconventional natural gas as a fuel bridge to the possible new energy supply schemes for the U.S. He appeared in the Haynesville Shale documentary. 

Currently, Patzek teaches courses in petroleum engineering, hydrology, ecology and energy supply, computer science, and mathematical modeling of earth systems. Patzek is a coauthor of over 200 papers and reports, and is writing five books.


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