On Tuesday, global investment firm, Energy Impact Partners (EIP) announced that Dr. Michael E. Webber has joined the team as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
The addition of Dr. Webber to EIP’s in-house research and innovation team will expand its technical depth providing further insights for EIP’s investors, strategic partners and portfolio companies. With Dr. Webber’s deep technical expertise, he will also strengthen EIP’s strategy and diligence capabilities, focusing on the firm’s efforts to invest in revolutionary climate technologies.
With over 25 years of experience in technology, industrial instrumentation, and the energy sector, Dr. Webber’s expertise spans research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization on topics related to innovation, energy, and the environment. Prior to joining EIP, Dr. Webber served as Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy and infrastructure services company based in Paris, France where he also served on the investment committee of their venture arm. He is currently also the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Webber gave a keynote address at DISTRIBUTECH 2018 and participated in a screening of and panel discussion about his documentary series at DTECH 2020.
Dr. Webber has authored more than 400 publications, holds 6 patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American, GTI (formerly known as the Gas Technology Institute), and Sustainable America (a non-profit dedicated to reducing fuel consumption and food waste). He helped lead UT Austin’s Clean Energy Incubator from 2008-2018. He was selected as a Fellow of ASME and as a member of the 4th class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, which is a leadership training program organized by Presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton.
Dr. Webber earned a B.S. and B.A. from UT Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
“We are humbled and thrilled to see Dr. Webber join our team. His unique expertise and experience in revolutionary technologies fighting climate change will be a great asset for our investment teams, strategic partners and portfolio companies,” said Hans Kobler, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at EIP. “We are looking forward to doing great deals together.”
“EIP brings a long-term perspective and a global view to the challenges of deep decarbonization and has established an excellent reputation for their thorough diligence, extensive pipeline of opportunities, and careful stewardship of investment. It’s rare to see a platform combine an eagerness for cutting-edge revolutionary innovations with a patient timeline for success that rests on a solid technical understanding of the underlying science and engineering fundamentals. I really look forward to joining the team of bright, passionate experts,” said Dr. Michael E. Webber, Chief Technology Officer at EIP.
Dr. Webber complements the recent addition of Dr. Gregory Thiel as the firm’s Director of Technology on EIP’s research and innovation team, an industry leading team focused on providing transformative insights for EIP’s partners, portfolio companies and investments.