UT Austin’s engineering department, Dr. Webber included, has a strong national presence in energy science. UT has the Energy Institute, of which Webber is the former Deputy Director, whose Energy Symposium hosts a 15 week-long, public weekly seminar with talks from energy experts from around the country. This institution also has deep historical ties to Texas’ oil and gas industry. See the following quote from their website: “The University of Texas at Austin has long been renowned for research related to the state’s iconic oil and gas industry. Today, university researchers are pioneering innovative ways to produce energy from these traditional sources in an environmentally responsible manner, while also leading groundbreaking research into new technologies that cover the entire spectrum of energy.”
Anonymous, "UT Austin Energy Institute", contributed by James Adams, Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 31 August 2019, accessed 16 September 2021.