Brent Bennett, Ph.D., is the policy director for Life:Powered, an initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation to reframe the national discussion on energy policy. The project promotes energy policy based on free-market principles and the development of reliable, abundant, affordable energy resources to advance the human condition.

Brent hails from Midland, Texas and received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Tulsa and a M.S.E and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His graduate research focused on advanced chemistries for utility-scale energy storage systems, and he complemented his background in the oil and gas business with knowledge of renewable energy technologies and utility markets.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Brent spent time with a startup company selling carbon nanotubes to battery manufacturers, and he continues to provide technology consulting to battery companies. His passion for the energy business and the Foundation’s free-market, pragmatic principles have led him to join the Life: Powered project.

Brent and his wife Erin live in downtown Austin, where they love trying out the many great restaurants and being active leaders in the local Catholic community. Despite Brent’s appreciation for the internal combustion engine, he thoroughly enjoys a leisurely 10 minute bike ride to and from the office every day.