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Indian American Leads UT Energy Institute

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Indian American Varun has been elevated to the position of of the Institute at The at near here from January one.

succeeds Michael Webber, who served the institute as its since September 2018 when returned to his research and teaching.

An Indian native, did B Tech in mechanical engineering from (IIT) Kharagpur in 2002 before doing MS in the same engineering stream from in 2004.

Rai, who later secured a doctorate in mechanical engineering from in 2008, also holds a courtesy faculty appointment at the

Rai's research examines the underlying components of systems social, institutional, economic and technological and how they affect the adoption of clean technologies.

Energy is perhaps more important today than it has ever been in the history of the world. Led by outstanding faculty across multiple schools, centers and departments, UT is a world leader on There is so much incredible work happening across campus spanning innovations in oil and gas, renewable energy, and storage technologies., said Rai in a release.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to shape the into a valuable asset for supporting and elevating path-breaking at UT for a better Texas, a better and a better world.

In addition to teaching courses in statistical analysis and at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Rai established the UT Energy Symposium, a weekly guest lecture series hosted by the that's open to the public.

In 2016, Rai won and Prize, given by the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, to honor persons who, at an age under 40, have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy analysis and management.

Rai's strong background in engineering, his expertise in and his administrative experience as an make him the ideal choice to take on the leadership of UT's Energy Institute, said

I look forward to working with him to strengthen the institute's role as a front door to on our campus.

The seeks to foster innovation, educate students and inform policy by promoting energy research and expertise from all departments and across all energy-related fields and topics at UT

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 05:15 IST