Smart Energy Education Offers Energy Technology & Policy eCourse

Published : Thursday, November 18, 2021, 5:04 pm
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EPIcenter is proud to partner with Smart Energy Education, funded by global Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) leader Itron Inc. and CPS Energy, to offer access to the Introduction to Energy Technology & Policy (ETP) eCourse - a new opportunity for professional level education. This course will be taught virtually by author, energy expert and professor Dr. Michael E. Webber and his team of senior researchers from The University of Texas at Austin.

Smart Energy Education (SEE) is partnering with Dr. Webber of the UT Austin Cockrell School of Engineering and Disco Learning Media, a subsidiary of Upstryve Inc, (OTCPK: PBYA), to underwrite scholarships for San Antonio area residents who enroll in the ETP eCourse. Postsecondary students, rising managers or mid-level executives who want to deepen and broaden their knowledge in the energy industry, oil & gas specialists, or professionals in other sectors such as finance, consulting, and human resources who want to break into the energy sector should consider taking the course.

“The worldwide energy sector is going through dramatic shifts in energy demand, end-uses and sources,” said Dr. Webber. “Population and economic growth are driving up total demand. Industrialization, urbanization, electrification, and motorization are changing how we use energy while a push for domestic, low-carbon, and renewable fuels is changing our sources of energy.”

Dr. Webber and his team will guide participants through cutting edge energy concepts while also giving a broad overview of energy’s critical role in society, emphasizing the economic, environmental, and security trade-offs for various fuels and technology.

The EPIcenter Energy Think Tank (EETT) is designed to expose wider audiences to energy issues and has the infrastructure and leadership team to support this SEE initiative. The EETT is administering the scholarship application process.

“Our Think Tank encourages community members to engage with the energy industry regardless of industry affiliation,” Kimberly M. Britton, CEO of EPIcenter, said. “This partnership is a natural fit for EPIcenter to bring together people from many industries to learn more about energy innovation, evolution and implementation.”

SEE is part of a larger energy-literacy program initiative to build a strong future talent pipeline. The goal of the initiative is to demonstrate how improving energy and water literacy can foster community engagement and inspire collaborations among communities to solve the world’s greatest challenges of the future.

The synchronous online course is being offered via Zoom January 4-26, 2022, though sessions will be taped in case registrants need to participate on a flexible schedule. To learn more details about the course and about the scholarship opportunity, please visit Students who complete the course and pass the ETP: Technology and Policy interactive e-course exam will earn a certificate in “Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.” Upon completion, students are also awarded 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

EPIcenter continues to fulfill its mission of propelling energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, advisory engagements and critical conversations around energy. To learn more about EPIcenter, please visit

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