Our Objective is to Create Experts and Thought Leaders

Our Vision

The world will see us as an engaging and expert group of people who can effectively communicate non-biased, objective, dispassionate information about energy and the environment.

Our Mission

Change the way the world thinks about energy.

Our Objectives

We pursue our mission in two ways:

  1. We perform rigorous, multidisciplinary research that stands the test of time on topics related to energy and the environment.

  2. We disseminate our findings as broadly as possible, with a particular focus on educating the general public and informing policymakers.

The Webber Energy Group is a research group within the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin that addresses critical energy and environmental issues at the intersection of engineering, policy and commercialization. The group engages undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic researchers from a variety of engineering, policy, and scientific disciplines.

When engineers, scientists, and researchers fail to engage in the policy-making process, energy policies run the risk of accidentally undermining each other, failing to achieve strategic aims, or proving impossible from the outset. The Webber Energy Group seeks to rectify this problem by bridging the divide between policymakers and academics for issues related to energy and the environment.  We bring scientific methodology, consulting services, and technical expertise to bear on policy-oriented research questions in order to inform decision-makers and guide the world onto a more sustainable path.

We embrace applying our technical skills to analyzing the societal context of our research problems. Our affiliations with the Cockrell School of Engineering, the Energy Institute, the Jackson School of Geosciences, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Austin Technology Incubator broaden and support our efforts.

After leaving the group, our alumni transition to other top-tier institutions, companies and research groups using their work here as a foundation to continue solving energy-related challenges and improving energy literacy. Through academic research, publications, and world-wide energy literacy campaigns, current and former Webber Energy Group members strive to change the way the world thinks about energy.

Our Objectives Are Fulfilled With Five Strategic Priorities With Rigorous Research at its Core

Our Group Historically Includes a Range of Academic Disciplines

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Environmental and Water Resource Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
Energy and Earth Resources
Dual-Degree Students
  • Engineering & Public Affairs
  • Plan II & Engineering

We Are a Resource as Opposed to Being For or Against Specific Fuel, Energy Technology, or Legislation

NOT ideaological

NOT partisan

NOT agenda driven

NOT advocates

ARE fact-driven

ARE passionate

ARE engaged

ARE educational and informative

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