Energy for Growth Hub


Michael Webber


University of Texas, Austin

Areas of Expertise

Engineering, Energy Innovation

Dr. Michael E. Webber is the Chief Technology Officer at Energy Impact Partners (EIP) and the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to EIP, he served as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company. Webber’s expertise spans research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization on topics related to innovation, energy, and the environment. His latest book Power Trip: the Story of Energy was published May 7, 2019 by Basic Books with a 6-part companion series that will air on PBS starting Earth Day 2020. 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, was published in 2016 by Yale Press and was converted into a documentary by Alpheus Media. 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. Webber holds a B.S. and B.A. from UT Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. 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.


Non-Hub Work Highlights

Power Trip: The Story of Energy. (documentary series) PBS. Premiered April 2020; (book) Basic Books. May 2019.
Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival. Yale University Press. April 2016.

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