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  • SubGenre:Environmental / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:304
  • eBook ISBN:9798350933888
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350933871

Powering Humanity

Essays on Energy and Society

by Michael E. Webber

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"Powering Humanity: Essays on Energy and Society" pulls together some of Michael E. Webber's most notable, entertaining, sometimes prescient and sometimes flat-out wrong musings from nearly two hundred op-eds, features and general interest articles he authored or co-authored between 2008 and 2022.
These essays offer a whirlwind global tour of energy's relevance across modern society as we collectively grapple with an energy transition that is already underway
About the author
Dr. Michael E. Webber is the John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and CTO of Energy Impact Partners, a $3+ billion cleantech venture fund. From September 2018 to August 2021, Webber was based in Paris, France where he served as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, one of the world's largest energy companies. 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 book Power Trip: the Story of Energy was published in 2019 by Basic Books with an award-winning 12-part companion series spread out over two seasons that aired on PBS, Amazon Prime, AppleTV, and in-flight entertainment on American Airlines. The series has been distributed in dozens of countries, ultimately reaching millions of viewers. He was selected as a Fellow of ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 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 written four full-length general interest books, created two interactive textbooks, authored or co-authored more than 500 publications, and been awarded 6 patents. He serves on the advisory board for Scientific American and GTI Energy (an industry consortium formerly known as the Gas Technology Institute). 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 on four separate occasions by the University of Texas for exceptional teaching.