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Michael E. Webber

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, University of Texas at Austin

As Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Michael E. Webber trains the next generation of energy leaders at the University of Texas at Austin through research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization.

He has authored more than 300 publications, holds 4 patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American. His television special Energy at the Movies was nationally syndicated on PBS stations (2013-2015), and his massive open online course (MOOC) “Energy 101” reached 44,000 students globally. Webber holds a B.S. and B.A. from UT Austin and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford. He was honored as an American Fellow of the German Marshall Fund, an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow, an ASME Fellow, and on four separate occasions by the University of Texas for exceptional teaching.

He is the author of “Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival” published by Yale University Press.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin