About Energy Olympiad

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The University of Texas at Austin

As a premier energy university, The University of Texas at Austin is the perfect place to foster the next generation of innovations in the energy space. The university is already heavily invested in leveraging Austin's breadth and depth of expertise to develop solutions for today's energy problems. The Energy Olympiad has partnered with UT's Energy Institute to extend these efforts to high school students and Longhorns from around Texas.
Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get involved? The Energy Olympiad hosts two competitions in the Spring: the Youth Energy Summit and the Longhorn Energy Summit. To get signed up, please fill out the interest form located on the respective tab.

  • Why does The Energy Olympiad exist? The Energy Olympiad exists to give Longhorns and Texas high school students the opportunity to tackle cutting edge problems in the field of energy, develop innovative solutions, and find the resources to develop their ideas. This is the first competition that extends this opportunity to high school students and Longhorns on the 40 Acres.

  • How does the UN play into this competition? In 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force.  Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

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What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The United Nations has named 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 8 of which are related to energy initiatives. The SDGs address the diverse challenges we face as a global community trying to save the resources in our natural environment. For energy specifically, the UN aims to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy by 2030. This includes increasing the usage of renewable energy sources, improving on energy efficiency, and investing in the research and infrastructure necessary to supply clean, sustainable energy for all. The Energy Olympiad is searching for projects that are aligned with these goals.
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Do you like what we do?

Feel free to reach out to any officer on the team!
Karan Jerath is the youngest honoree in the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy list and recipient of the 2015 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Grand Award. His most recent role is with the United Nations where he serves as one of the 17 Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals. He is a junior in the Petroleum Engineering program.
Karan Jerath
Managing Director
Narayan Desai is a sophomore in the Chemical Engineering program and Managing Partner of Kleer Marketing, a UT-based startup focused on web development and social media marketing. He is also on the Executive Committee of OPEN Houston, an entrepreneurship organization dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs, investors, and executives in order to facilitate innovation within the Houston area and beyond.
Narayan Desai
Technology Director
Himchand Persad is a junior in the Petroleum Engineering Honors program. He is the President of Opportunity Foundation, an international non-profit focused on mentoring orphans and promoting entrepreneurs of the developing world. He has also served as Chairman of the American Association of Drilling Engineers.
Himchand Persad
Engagement Director
Vivianne Tu is a junior Business Honors and Management major at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business from Plano, TX. She is passionate about expanding education opportunities to disadvantaged communities and raising mental health awareness on campus. As a former United States House of Representatives intern, she leverages Student Government legislation to spearhead education and mental health initiatives through her position as the elected McCombs Representative and sitting Financial Affairs Chair in the Student Assembly Board.
Vivianne Tu
Deputy Managing Director
Arnav Jain is a junior Business Honors, Computer Science, and Management Information Systems major at The University of Texas at Austin. His passions include artificial intelligence, robotics, and finance. Outside of the classroom, Arnav is a product manager, basketball coach, and guitar player. His ultimate goal is to be a general manager for a professional NBA team.
Arnav Jain
Communications Director
Vivian Pham is a Senior Studying Finance and Pre-Med at The University of Texas at Austin, who is passionate in giving back to others, both in service and mentorship. Next year, she will be working full time as a consultant and hopes to one day be an MD specializing in Emergency Medicine. Outside of academics, Vivian enjoys pursuing her artistic side in graphic design and photography, as well as her active side in fitness and sports.
Vivian Pham
Communications Director
Marilyn Cai is a junior studying business honors and finance at UT Austin who also shares a passion for the environment and entrepreneurship. Her ultimate goal would be to start and run her own company one day. Outside of the classroom, Marylin is a veteran figure skater and is also a foodie, avid TV show watcher, and social dancer. When she’s not exploring Austin, Marylin can be found hanging out in nature in her ENO.
Marilyn Cai
Finance Director
Humza Jamal has served as the Director of Freshman Engineering within the Cockrell School of Engineering and now currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for the Student Engineering Council. He currently is a junior in the Petroleum Engineering program.
Humza Jamal
Operations Director
Jack Trueblood is a junior Petroleum Engineering major at The University of Texas at Austin. During his time at UT he has served as a Founding Father and Vice President for his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, where he most notably led several philanthropic campaigns, ultimately raising over $25,000 to benefit veterans. He is passionate about serving around Austin and participating in opportunities to give back to the UT community.
Jack Trueblood
Logistics Director