Michael Webber, associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, will present "Thirst for Power: The Global Nexus of Energy and Water" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in 128 Pearson Hall.
His talk is the annual Willeke Frontiers in Environmental Sciences Distinguished Lecture.
Webber is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and also co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator. Prior to joining the University of Texas at Austin, he studied issues relevant to energy, innovation, manufacturing and national security at the RAND Corporation.
Webber is on the board of advisors for Scientific American, holds four patents, and is one of the originators of the Pecan Street Project, a $30 million public-private partnership for smart grid innovation and deployment.
He was selected as an American Memorial Marshall Fellow of the German Marshall Fund for 2007, a White House Fellowship finalist in 2009, an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow in 2009, and an Aspen Institute Environmental Forum Scholar in 2010.
His talk is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability and the College of Arts and Science.