WASHINGTON, Pa. (Feb. 25, 2014)—Michael Webber, Ph.D., will present “Thirst for Power: The Nexus of Energy & Water,” at a public lecture Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Washington & Jefferson College’s (W&J) Howard J. Burnett Center’s Yost Auditorium.
Webber comes to W&J from the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the deputy director of the Energy Institute, Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources, co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator, and associate professor of mechanical engineering. Webber’s lecture is part of the W&J Energy Lecture Series, presented by W&J’s Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM).
Diana Stares, director of the CEPM, said Webber will discuss the critical interdependence between energy and water, "the two global resources that will determine the future of the universe, and the need to integrate funding, policy-making and oversight of these resources to assure their best use."
The lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.
At the University of Texas, Webber trains a new generation of energy leaders through research and education at the intersection of engineering, policy, and commercialization. He has given more than 175 lectures, speeches, and invited talks in the last few years, such as testimony for hearing of U.S. Senate committees, keynotes for business meetings, plenary lectures for scientific conferences, invited speeches at the United Nations and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and briefings for executives at some of the country’s leading companies.
Webber earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow from 1995-1998. He was selected as an American Memorial Marshall Fellow of the German Marshall Fund for 2007, a White House Fellowship finalist in 2009, and an Industrial Ecology Fellow in 2009.
His expertise, opinions, and research have been published, cited, or featured in, among many others, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, MSNBC and USA Today.
“It is an honor to have Dr. Webber visit our campus and talk about a critically important topic, not only locally, but across the country and around the world,” Stares said. “I look forward to his input and expertise.”