UT Energy Centers of Excellence

Cockrell School of Engineering

The Center for Energy & Environmental Resources which serves as the central liaison for energy and environmental research, education and public service at The University of Texas at Austin. CEER focuses on efficient and economical use of energy and on ensuring a cleaner environment by developing, in cooperation with industry, processes and technologies that minimize waste and conserve natural resources.

Center for Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering encourages and develops interdisciplinary research in petroleum and geosystems engineering as well as other areas related to energy and the environment. The new Nanoparticle Engineering for Subsurface Processes Research Program focuses on use of various nano-scale materials for certain processes that increase oil recovery and for more accurate determination of changes in fluid saturations and reservoir properties during oil and gas production.

Center for Research in Water Resources carries out advanced research, education, design and planning in water resources and waste management, primarily related to Texas but also involving other areas of the country as well as foreign countries.

Construction Industry Institute is a research consortium of leading owners and contractors working together to advance the delivery of capital facilities its purpose is to measurably improve the business effectiveness (safety, cost, schedule and quality) and sustainability of capital project delivery through research and related initiatives.

Center for Transportation Research Current and ongoing projects address virtually all aspects of transportation research, including economics, multimodal systems, traffic congestion relief, transportation policy, materials, structures, transit, environmental impacts, driver behavior, land use, geometric design, accessibility and pavements.

Offshore Technology Research Center jointly operated by Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin, performs interdisciplinary research in six principal areas: floating structures, risers and moorings, materials, seafloor engineering, subsea systems and risk/reliability assessment/management.

McCombs School of Business

The Center for International Business Education and Research develops and supports internationalization within the McCombs School of Business by fostering exchange programs for McCombs students, providing research and teaching programs for faculty members, designing international courses for the McCombs curriculum, funding study abroad scholarships, and conducting outreach programs to businesses and academic institutions throughout the country.

The Energy Management & Innovation Center was established to serve as a center of excellence and promote energy-related research and instruction. EMIC takes an integrative and multidisciplinary approach toward energy problems. EMIC aims to educate students in energy management and innovation, create intellectual capital of use to industry and policy-makers, and link the McCombs School’s activities to the University’s energy initiatives.

Jackson School of Geosciences

The Bureau of Economic Geology, established in 1909, is the oldest research unit at The University of Texas at Austin; it also functions as the State Geological Survey. The Bureau conducts basic and applied research related to energy resources including oil, natural gas, and coal; mineral resources; coastal processes; Earth and environmental systems; hydrogeology; carbon sequestration; nanotechnology; energy economics; and geologic mapping.

Institute for Geophysics, founded in 1972, is an academic research center best known for projects with an international scope. Prominent research areas include marine geology and geophysics, tectonics, terrestrial and lunar seismology, quantitative and exploration geophysics, and geophysical studies of ice sheets and of climate.

The Center for Energy Economics prepares energy industry managers and their legal advisors, and government policy makers and regulators, for more competitive global energy markets. Its research focus is on frameworks for commercially viable energy projects and the business-government interface.

The Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, dedicated to energy and environmental policy, joins the capabilities of the Jackson School of Geosciences with those of the Cockrell School of Engineering and the LBJ School of Public Affairs to inform the policy-making process with the best scientific and engineering expertise by providing interdisciplinary assessments of current and emerging global energy and environmental issues.

The Center for Sustainable Water Resources conducts studies related to water quantity and quality aspects of water resources at local scales using field studies and regional scales using remote sensing and at annual to millennial timescales. Impacts of land use change and climate variability/change are important drivers considered in these studies. The results of these studies will have important implications for development of sustainable water resource programs in different regions of the world.

The Latin American Forum on Energy and the Environment, an annual and by invitation only event, was created to revitalize the university’s ties to the energy and geoscience sectors of Latin America while creating a space for stakeholders to explore balanced stewardship of energy and environmental resources.

The Center for Integrated Earth System Science (CIESS) is a cooperative effort between the Jackson School of Geosciences and the Cockrell School of Engineering. The center fosters collaborative study of Earth as a coupled system with focus on land, atmosphere, water, environment, and society. The center integrates the university’s strengths in earth system modeling, observing and monitoring, computational science and engineering, supercomputing, air resources engineering, hydrology and water resources, sedimentology and depositional processes, energy/policy, outreach/communications, and other fields.

LBJ School of Public Affairs

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law was designed to engage the best minds in academia, government and the private sector to develop practical, policy-relevant solutions to the pressing problems of an increasingly globalized world. The Center seeks the widest possible audience, enriching the public debate and giving guidance to decision-makers on how to respond to both the dangers and opportunities in global affairs.

The Center for Ethical Leadership mission is to promote ethical leadership in our society through education, research, and service to community. The Center serves as a teaching, research, and information focal point for students and educators from all disciplines as well as for practitioners and other interested parties.

School of Law

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business is an innovative interdisciplinary joint venture of the School of Law and the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. The mission of the KBH Energy Center is to provide the finest educational opportunities in the United States to students who wish to pursue careers in energy and to serve as a nexus for incisive, unbiased, and relevant research and analysis for policy makers, with a special emphasis on Latin America.

The Center for Law, Business & Economics at the University of Texas School of Law fosters research and study on a variety of topics at the intersections among law, business, and economics. Center faculty teach and write in many areas of the law, including copyright and patent law, bankruptcy, commercial law, corporations, antitrust, international trade, and civil procedure.

The Institute for Transnational Law was set up by the Law School to enhance the teaching of foreign and comparative law at UT, to help build international contacts for the Law School, and to increase student exchanges between UT and other major law schools.

College of Liberal Arts

The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to improve knowledge and understanding of Latin America through education, research, and exchange. LLILAS programs serve UT students enrolled in related courses; UT faculty members specializing in Latin America; UT academic support units with major involvement in the region; civic, nonprofit, and business associations with activities in Latin America; academic leaders and institutions from Latin America with collaborative agreements with LLILAS; governmental and multilateral agencies dedicated to social and economic betterment in Latin America; and the general public in Texas and the United States whose world outlook includes Latin America.

International Relations and Global Studies Program an interdisciplinary major focuses on relationships and tensions between cultures or regions by linking issues, approaches, contexts, and sources of knowledge in new ways. IRG majors learn to think critically about key issues in the field and develop aptitude in the areas of political awareness, economic understanding, cultural competency, international cooperation, and global citizenship.

College of Natural Sciences

The Center for Electrochemistry advances research and solve problems related to the transfer of electrons or ions at interfaces. Electrochemical energy systems focus on the discovery, characterization, and mechanistic understanding of new electrocatalysts and materials for electrochemical devices, such as fuel cells batteries, solar cells, and supercapacitors. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) systems are the most efficient chemical systems to date for solar energy utilization, and offer an important route to direct production of hydrogen by sunlight.

The Environmental Science Institute is a multi-disciplinary institute for basic scientific research in environmental studies; it serves as a focal point on campus for a wide scope of interdisciplinary research and teaching involving the complex interactions of the biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere in the Earth system, as well as the human dimensions of these interactions. ESI also coordinates cross-departmental instruction in environmental studies; facilitates education and outreach in environmental studies; and disseminates advances in the area of environmental science that are important locally and globally.

School of Architecture

The Center for Sustainable Development was founded in 2001 with a mission to lead the study and practice of sustainable development in Texas, the nation, and the world through complementary programs of research, education, and community outreach. The CSD is unique in its integration of diverse interests to develop creative, balanced, achievable solutions to the physical and social challenges facing the planning, construction, and preservation of buildings, neighborhoods, and regions. We see the interconnected nature of the ‘sustainability challenge’ as central to our work; we attempt—through our projects, interdisciplinary teaching and ongoing working groups—to better understand the connections between environment, economic prosperity and social justice.

UT Energy Institute

The Energy Institute’s formation is premised on the notion that colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to conduct independent and impartial scientific research. Its approach to research is by assembling inter-disciplinary teams of faculty from schools and colleges across campus to address complex energy issues in a comprehensive manner.  The aim is to inject science- and fact-based analysis into what is often a contentious dialogue, and in so doing bring clarity to the debate that shapes public policy on energy issues.