Hailing from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, third year petroleum engineering honors student Himchand Persad is excited to be the Engagement Director for UT’s inaugural Energy Olympiad. The Energy Olympiad is an innovation-based competition focused on society’s need to foster and encourage energy-related projects developed by the next generation of young scientists and entrepreneurs. It promotes the United Nations global call to action by incorporating their 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The competition will be hosted at The University of Texas at Austin during the UT Energy Institute’s annual Energy Week in February 2018. The Energy Olympiad will feature the following events: the Longhorn Energy Summit (January 27-28) and the Youth Energy Summit (February 3). Although applications are no longer being accepted for the Energy Olympiad, all members of the Longhorn community are welcome to view final pitches of YES and LES.
According to Persad, this notable event provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate Longhorns to interact with energy leaders, entrepreneurs, and prominent faculty who are influential in the energy space. However, with growing interest in the community, organizers may seek to expand the event to include graduate students in future years.
In addition to his involvement with the Energy Summit, Persad is also the president of Opportunity Foundation, an international non-profit focused on assisting impoverished children through the development of their entrepreneurial skills. He is also actively involved in a number of energy and community outreach ventures on the UT campus.