From the Conference Program Co-Chairs:
President, Dioun Energy Consultants (Austin, Texas)
Senior Principal, Teknecon Energy Risk Advisers (Austin, Texas)
We are delighted to invite you to attend the 31st USAEE/IAEE North American Conference, which will be held in our amazing city of Austin on November 4-7, 2012.
The Austin Conference Program Committee has planned a superb program which is informative and provides opportunity to promote conversation about major energy economics issues; offers remarkable technical tours and exciting special events. Please make sure to take the opportunity to enjoy the scenic city and the live music every night.
Traditionally, the USAEE/ IAEE conferences have been providing a unique opportunity to catch up with current topics that span the breadth of energy economics as well as providing many great venues for networking with USAEE/IAEE colleagues from around the world and Austin conference is going to provide such opportunity to energy experts from government and industry as well as academia and students to present the results of their current researches or their applied case results. We are expecting more than 200 such presentations. Specifically, the conference’s plenary sessions focuses on opportunities and challenges of transition to a sustainable energy era with many distinguished chairpersons, speakers, and great luncheon speakers.
USAEE/IAEE believes that students are the future of our organization; therefore, in Austin conference like any other USAEE/IAEE conferences students will have many opportunities to participate. The students can present papers for Best Student Paper Award with a top prize of $1000 and up to nine additional student awards with a prize of $500 each. Also, students can participate in Student Poster Session, present their works at the Concurrent Session, and this year for the first time the North American students can participate in Student Case Competition. Finally, there will be opportunity for students to participate in Student’s happy hours, Student’s Breakfast as well as other conference programs such as networking dinner, and planned technical tours and social events.
The Conference Program Committee has planned many social events and technical tours including the followings:
Finally, Austin is a unique city with a great number of outdoor and indoor activities and hundreds of restaurants. Early November weather in Austin is very pleasant and usually sunny with a daily high temperature about 72 F (22°). Among many outdoor places to enjoy are: Lady Bird Lake and its hike and bike trail, swimming in one of the largest naturally adapted swimming pools in the U.S., Barton Springs Pool. The pool is fed naturally by Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer, a dinner cruise on Lady Bird Lake, canoeing and water sports, several world-class golf courses, Mount Bonnell, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, the Zilker Botanical Garden/Japanese Garden. In Austin you have a great opportunity to visit many interesting historic places and museums: the Texas State Capitol, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, The Blanton Museum of Art, and The University of Texas, one of the largest universities in the nation with more than 50,000 students. All located a few blocks from the conference hotel. Every night you can enjoy a great variety of live music venues located a few blocks from Sheraton hotel. Austin is claimed to be the "Live Music Capital of the World" .
Volume 20, No 3 Announcements