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Michael E. Webber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Associate Director, Center for International Energy & Environmental Policy, Co-Director, Clean Energy Incubator

Department of Mechanical Engineering

UT Austin

My mission is to change the way the world thinks about energy.

My approach is to use the living laboratory of the university to create an educational environment where students can explore their passions for energy and the environment in independent, self-guided ways. The result is that they develop a deep understanding of energy from a multidisciplinary perspective that includes engineering, science, economics, culture, and history, which they combine with leadership, communication, and civic engagement. I use traditional techniques (lectures with thought-provoking questions), field trips, multimedia tools, and unconventional historical documents to create a fun-spirited classroom setting where creativity and curiosity can flourish.