It’s well-known that Texas produces more crude oil and natural gas than any other state in the US. However, did you know that the Lone Star State leads the country in wind powered generation capacity? The energy industry serves a crucial role in the macro economy and its complexity, technological advancements, and never-ending thirst for capital attracts many students to McCombs every year.
Here at UT, we benefit from vast resources to aid in our professional development towards becoming leaders in the energy industry. As Texas MBAs, of course we like to team up and make a friendly competition out of it whenever possible. Last week, Net Impact and ExxonMobil gave us the perfect opportunity to do so by hosting its inaugural Energy Bowl at McCombs.
Leading industry experts MC’d the competition, which was not your average trivia night (not going to lie, I 100% expected a question on the gusher at Spindletop, TX…I was wrong). Exxon and Net Impact tested students on categories including energy in pop culture, history, new and emerging sources, and projected trends in energy use. We’ve selected a few challenging questions to share below (Answers at the bottom of this post):
- How many smartphone batteries would you need to equal the energy contained in one gallon of gasoline?
- Which musician once worked as a roughneck on an offshore oil rig?
- In what city was the first dam specifically developed for generating hydroelectric power?
- How many 5 MW wind turbines would it take to provide the equivalent of NYC’s electricity consumption?
We had a great time trying to solve these problems and asking the panelists questions about the future of the industry between rounds. Perhaps more important than racking up points at trivia is your team name, shout-out to “1.21 Gigawatts” for the clever Back to the Future reference.
Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in conventional or renewable energy, there’s no better place to make the next step than McCombs!
(Answers: 4,000, Trace Adkins, Austin, 4,000 + back-up power)