Release date: 2007-12-04

Leaders Convene During UT Energy Technology and Policy Short Course

(Newswire Today) —  Austin, TX, United States, 2007-12-04 - Two-Day symposium featuring lectures and hot topics in energy current events to be held December 11-12, 2007.


The University of Texas today announced a two day symposium on Energy Technology and Policy has attracted decision makers, policymakers, and mid- and senior-level managers from businesses including CPS Energy, Health & Human Services Commission, H-E-B Grocery, Methanex Corporation, Texas State Energy Conservation Office, the British Consulate-General, the Office of Representative Donna Howard, The Office of Representative Mark Strama, the Office of Representative Ron Burnam, the Southern California Association of Government and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. These leaders will gather to gain a better understanding of how energy technology and policy will affect their jobs and government positions.

“This event has attracted leaders from a wide range of businesses and governmental divisions because energy technology and policy touches everyone -- regardless if you are contemplating a fuel efficient car or planning to upgrade a cooling system in your data center,” Cath Polito, Executive Director of the Cockrell School of Engineering's Center for Lifelong Engineering Education at The University of Texas at Austin. “This forum is designed to stimulate conversations among unrelated organizations and share ‘best practice’ solutions.”

The two day intensive program features noted public speaker and researcher on energy technology and policy, Dr. Michael Webber who jump starts the event with insights and candid views about the best and worst of U.S. energy policy. The short course will also feature guest lectures by Dr. Jeremy Meyers, Dr. Phil Schmidt and John Baker, Chief Strategy Officer at Austin Energy.

“Before we can create and implement eco-friendly practices, there is a great deal that can be gleaned from past efforts,” Michael Webber, Associate Director Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy. “As we begin to examine the capabilities of technology we also must come to an understanding about the culture shifts required at the industry and governmental levels in order to achieve a positive global impact.”

Course Registration
The course will be held at the Thompson Conference Center. Course fee is $750 for the general public. State and government employees receive the discounted fee of $450. All participants will receive 1.5 CEUs. Register by phone at 512.471.3506, by email at tdobbs[.], or online.

About The Center for Lifelong Engineering Education

The Center for Lifelong Engineering Education is an innovative leader in the training and professional development industry. For over 30 years, CLEE’s commitment has remained simple: to provide training that makes a profound difference in people’s lives and work. With more than 150 programs worldwide offered across multi-disciplines, The Center for Lifelong Engineering Education acts as an information bridge for the top ranked Cockrell School of Engineering to bring to individuals, organizations, and industry the best the School has to offer: cutting-edge research, solid academic reputation, industry expert support, and extensive faculty experience. The end result is relevant, diverse education opportunities that transform lives. CLEE’s services include public classroom training, conferences, eTraining, on-site courses, and customizable training. For more information visit about executive master’s degree programs administered by the Center for Lifelong Engineering Education, visit


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