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Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, UT Austin
Dr. Michael Webber is the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, Author, and professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches and conducts research at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization. Michael has authored more than 500 scientific articles, columns, books, and book chapters, including op-eds in the New York Times and features in Scientific American. His book Power Trip: the Story of Energy was published in may 2019. An award-winning 6-part companion series for the book aired on PBS starting on Earth Day 2020 and has reached over 1 million viewers. His first book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival addresses the connection between earth’s most valuable resources with a hopeful approach toward a sustainable future and received wide praise. To accompany this book, a one hour documentary was created that has received recognition at numerous film festivals.
From September 2018 to August 2021, Michael was also based in Paris, France to serve as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company.
Michael was also selected as a member of the 4th class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, a leadership training program organized by Presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton. A successful entrepreneur, Michael was one of three founders in 2015 for an educational technology startup, DISCO Learning Media, which was acquired in 2018. He serves on the Board of Directors to Goodnight Midstream (a midstream water solutions company) and GTI (formerly known as the Gas Technology Institute) and as an advisor or investor for several start-ups.
His expertise, opinions, and research have been published, cited or featured in many media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, NPR, PBS, Bloomberg TV, The Daily Telegraph, BBC, ABC, CBS, Discovery, Popular Mechanics, New Scientist, MSNBC, and the History Channel.