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Power Trip -- The Story of Energy with Dr. Michael Webber

May 13, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Engie Houston Headquarters (1st Floor Auditorium)
1990 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056






Power Trip -- The Story of Energy

 with Dr. Michael Webber

 Monday, May 13, 2019

 11AM-1PM   (luncheon), program starts at 11:30AM

 Engie Houston Headquarters, first floor auditorium

 1990 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX  77056

 Visitor Paid Parking is in parking Garage 2 or 3 POC ($5) , just off McCue Street in back of Engie Headquarters (see attached map)  


Please join the MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas, the Stanford Alumni, and the Global Energy Mentors (GEM) to hear Dr. Michael Webber talk about his new book Power Trip and the upcoming documentary series.  Michael will take us on a global tour of energy to explain how it is hidden in plain sight, serving as the builder of human civilization and also its greatest threat. Energy is connected with water, food, transportation, wealth, cities and our national security. It underpins industry, innovation and even democracy. For better and worse, no other physical resource has had such a wide-ranging impact on our ecosystems, economy, public health, and personal liberties. Yet at the same time, the worldwide energy sector is going through dramatic shifts in energy demand, end-uses, and sources. Population growth and economic growth are driving up total demand.  Industrialization, electrification and motorization are changing how we use energy. And a policy push for domestic, low-carbon and renewable fuels is changing our sources of energy.  In parallel, we are entering an era where markets, technologies and policies are enabling dramatic increases in U.S. production of oil, gas, wind, solar and bioenergy that is affecting global economies, the environment, and our national security posture.  Overlaid with those shifts are three technology trends of increasing efficiency, information intensity, and decentralized manufacturing and industrial processes. Meeting the global need to increase energy access while reducing environmental impact stands as the most pressing challenge for the 21st century. With entertaining insights and a big-picture overview of global energy trends mixed in with humorous anecdotes, historical snippets, and unexpected examples this talk will give a surprising look into the past and future of energy.

Complimentary copies of Michael's new book, Power Trip, will be available for the first 150 people.


  Gold Event Sponsor



MITEF Member                 $15
Guests of MITEF Members  $15

MIT Alumni                      $15
Stanford Energy Alumni    $15
Columbia Alumni              $15
London Business School Alumni  $15
Global Energy Mentors     $15
Texas Young Professionals $15
Engie Employees              $15
General Admission            $25


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Event Contact: Sara Wilkins ([email protected])
Contact Phone: (713) 839-0808




Dr. Michael Webber

Dr. Michael E. Webber is based in Paris, France where he serves as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company. Webber is also the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, Author, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Texas at Austin where he trains the next generation of energy leaders through research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization.  His first book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival, which addresses the connection between earth’s most valuable resources and offers a hopeful approach toward a sustainable future, is receiving wide praise.  His upcoming book Power Trip: the Story of Energy will be published May 7, 2019 with a 6-part companion series on PBS shortly afterwards.  He was selected as a Fellow of ASME and as a member of the 4th class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, which is a leadership training program organized by Presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton. Webber has authored more than 400 publications, holds 6 patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American. A successful entrepreneur, Webber was one of three founders in 2015 for an educational technology startup, DISCO Learning Media, which was acquired in 2018 by Probility Media.  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 and an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow on four separate occasions by the University of Texas for exceptional teaching.




$15.00 MITEF Member

$15.00 Guest of MITEF Member

$15.00 Stanford Alumni

$15.00 MIT Alumni

$15.00 Columbia Alumni

$15.00 London Business School Alumni

$15.00 Global Energy Mentors

$15.00 Texas Young Professionals

$15.00 Engie Employees

$25.00 General Admission