The University of Texas at Austin
Greg Fenves began his appointment as president of The University of Texas at Austin in June 2015. Previously, he served as UT Austin’s executive vice president and provost. Before that, Fenves was the dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT. An international expert in structural engineering for earthquakes, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and holds a Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering. He began his career as an assistant professor at UT, then served 20 years on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, before returning to Austin in 2008. Fenves is leading the university into a new era of innovation by accelerating and enhancing research productivity, providing next-generation learning experiences for students, and transforming health care with the interdisciplinary teaching and research at the Dell Medical School. He believes that diversity is essential for UT to reach its greatest potential as Texas’ flagship research institution, creating the brightest scholars, citizens, and leaders of the future.
Director, Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
The University of Texas at Austin,
Monterrey, Nuevo León
Carlos Ross is director of the Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CGIE), founded by The University of Texas at Austin and located in Monterrey, Mexico. Ross is a technology consultant and project evaluator for CONACYT (Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology) and has evaluated more than 300 technology projects seeking government funding, and promoting and developing clusters through the design of innovation centers. He has been a visiting professor at the EGADE Business School of Monterrey Tech, teaching business modeling in circular economies. Additionally, he is a professor of finance and strategy in the Master’s of Science in commercialization of science and technology program at CGIE. Ross was honorary consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for northeastern Mexico from 1990 to 2017 and was knighted by the president of Germany for actively supporting scholarship programs to send Mexican students to German universities.
A Conversation on Sustainability
David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Urban Studies,
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs,
School of Architecture
Juan Miró, FAIA, is an award-winning architect and professor at the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. He teaches architectural and urban design as well as Mexican architecture and since 1998 has directed Studio Mexico, an innovative program that offers students the opportunity to explore Mexican architecture and culture through travel, research and design. He was named a Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and has been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his contributions to society as an educator and designer. In his teaching, practice and research Miró explores the interconnections between architectural design, place making, and the relevance of history.
Deputy Director, Energy Institute
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Cockrell School of Engineering
Dr. Michael E. Webber is deputy director of the Energy Institute, co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, an author, and professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His recent book Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival addresses the connection between Earth’s most valuable resources and offers a hopeful approach to a sustainable future. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), has authored more than 400 publications, holds four patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American. Webber holds a B.S. and B.A. from UT, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford. He has been honored on four occasions by UT for exceptional teaching.