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spring speaker series set

Speaker Series

Each year, the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources hosts top industry and academic professionals from around the world to share their knowledge and experience in the energy world.  The events bring together students, faculty, researchers and the public to learn about a wide-range of advanced energy technologies and industry trends. We post video recordings of all speakers as they become available. 

Spring 2016 SER Speaker Series


Friday, April 8, 12:00pm

Friday, April 15, 12:00pm 

  • "Oil, Illiberalism and War"
  • Andrew Price-Smith, Associate Professor of Political Science and chair of the Department of Political Science at Colorado College
  • WATCH VIDEO (please note the first 7 minutes of this video is only PowerPoint and audio)

Thursday, April 21, 3:00pm

Friday, April 22, 12:00pm 

Friday, April 29, 12:00pm

Engineering Initiative Seminar Series - Spring 2016


Wednesday, April 13, 12:00pm – Engineering Initiative Seminar

Wednesday, April 20, 12:00pm – Engineering Initiative Seminar

  • "Geohazard Monitoring and Warming System using Wireless Sensor Network Technology"
  • Kam Ng and William Phillips

Wednesday, April 27, 12:00pm – Engineering Initiative Seminar

  • "Demonstrating and Commercializing Technologies Developed at the Center for Biogenic Natural Gas Research"
  • Michael Urynowicz, Professor of Environmental Engineering within the Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering
  • EIC 201, lunch provided

Recent Spring 2016 Speakers

Tom Buscheck, Ph.D., Group Leader, Geochemical, Hydrological, and Environmental Sciences Group, Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division (AEED) Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
"Storing CO2 in the Earth for Enhanced Geothermal Energy and Water Recovery and Utility-Scale Energy Storage"
March 4, 2016

Ricardo "Rick" Nogueira, Climate Finance Team Lead in the Office of Global Change at the U.S. Department of State 
"The Role of the Green Climate Fund in Implementing the Paris Agreement"
February 25, 2016

Dean Michael Pishko, UW College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
"Update: UW College of Engineering and Applied Sciences"
February 26, 2016

Vello A. Kuuskraa, President, Advanced Resources International
"New Resources for a New Age of Hydrocarbons"
February 10, 2016

Gerard T. Schuster, Professor of Earth Science and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Adjunct Professor of Geology & Geophysics at University of Utah
"Hominid Seismology at Olduvai Gorge: Diversifying during energy busts"
February 10, 2016

Fall 2015 Speakers

Jan Marco Müller, Policy Officer for International Relations at the Joint Research Centre, European Commission
"The quest for evidence: Tales from the twilight zone between science & politics"
December 9, 2015

Jonathan Weisgall, VP for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company and Chairman of the Board for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
December 2, 2015
"Climate Change: Investment and Strategic Decisions"*
*No video available

Dimitri Mavriplis, Suresh Muknahallipatna, Michael Stoellinger, Liqiang Wang and Any Banic
"The Wyoming High Performance Computational Science and Engineering Group"
December 2, 2015

Saman Aryana, Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, UW (Anadarko Fellowship Presentation)
"Nanofluidic Chips and Shale Samples"
November 20, 2015

Dr. John Oakey, Associate Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, UW
"Biomedical Engineering"
November 18, 2015

Dr. Dario Grana, SER Assistant Professor of Geology & Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering, UW (Anadarko Fellowship Presentation)
"Seismic History Matching Combining Ensemble Based Methods and Model Reduction Techniques"
November 13, 2015

Dr. Bruce Parkinson, SER Professor of Chemistry and J. E. Warren Professor of Energy and Environment, UW 
"Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion on Earth and Mars"
November 6, 2015

Dr. Ting He, Directorate Fellow, Idaho National Laboratory
"Fuel Cells and the Clean Energy Economy"
November 6, 2015

Dr. Vladimir Alvarado, Associate Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, UW
"Lessons Learned from the Improved Oil and Gas Recovery Research Cluster"
November 4, 2015

Dr. Katie Li, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, UW
"Nanocatalysts and Separation Technologies for Advanced Energy Conversion and Produced Water Treatment
October 9, 2015

Dr. Tim Considine, SER Professor of Energy Economics, UW
"The Effectiveness of Home Energy Audits: A Case Study of Jackson, Wyoming"
October 23, 2015

Dr. Maohong Fan, SER Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, UW
"Innovative Chemical and Fuel Conversion Technologies - Benefiting WY and the Nation"
October 28, 2015

Dr. Albert Reynolds, McMan Chair Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Professor of Mathematics, University of Tulsa
"Two Useful Ensemble-based optimization algorithms-- best options for assisted history matching and life-cycle production optimization"
October 30, 2015

Dr. Brian Towler, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland
"Use of spontaneous imbibition experiments to measure enhanced oil recovery with surfactants and complex nano-fluids"
September 25, 2015

Dr. Subhashis Mallick, SER Professor of Geology & Geophysics, UW
"Seismic waveform inversion at the reservoir scale- current state of the art and the future directions"
September 18, 2015

Dr. Craig Douglas, SER Professor of Mathematics, UW
"A Replacement for Richards Equation that Always Converges and Is Significantly Faster"
September 11, 2015

Dr. John N. Louie, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno
"Advanced seismic imaging of geothermal reservoirs-- is there a geothermal seismic signature?"
September 4, 2015

Spring 2015 Speakers

Tara Righetti, SER Assistant Professor of Law and Temple Stoellinger, Associate Director of the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies, UW 
"Split Estate Surface Access to Severed Federal Minerals & Policy and Legal Implications of Recent Federal Rulings"
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

John W. Pierre, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW
"University of Wyoming’s Role in Improving Reliability of the US Electric Power Grids"
Friday, April 24, 2015

Phil Cameron, Executive Director, Energy Conservation Works
"Local Partnerships to Advance Energy Innovation"
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Indy Burke, Wyoming Excellence Chair and Director of the Haub School of Environment & Natural Resources, UW
"Carbon Management in Ecosystems: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges in the Semi-Arid West"
Friday, April 10, 2015

Michael Urynowicz, Professor, Civil & Architectural Engineering and Director of the Center for Biogenic Natural Gas, UW
"Biogas with Carbon Capture and Storage (BG-CCS): Bridging the Gap between Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy"
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Eric Grunsky, 2015 Distinguished Lecturer, International Association of Mathematical Geosciences
"The use of geochemical survey data for predictive geologic mapping at regional and continental scales"
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bryan Pivovar, Fuel Cell R&D Research Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
"An Overview of Fuel Cell R&D at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)"
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Rob Godby, Associate Professor of Finance & Economics, UW
Director, Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy
“The Impact of the coal economy on Wyoming, and possible implications of future GHG regulations”
Friday, April 3, 2015

Norm Augustine, Retired CEO & Chairman, Lockheed Martin
"Science & Technology: Can America Compete?"
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
WATCH VIDEO (Audio begins after introduction)

Shane Murphy, Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Science, UW
"Reconciling Methane Leakage Estimates from Basin-Wide to Individual Well Pad Scales"
Friday, March 27, 2015

Cindy Crane, President & CEO, Rocky Mountain Power
"New Challenges & Opportunities in the Electric Power Industry"
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shawn Taylor, Director, Wyoming Rural Electric Association
"Rural Electric Cooperatives -- Who we are, what we do, and why we do it"
Friday, March 13, 2015

Vladimir Alvarado, Associate Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, UW
"Complex Fluids and Interfaces: Unveiling EOR Mechanisms through a Multidisciplinary Approach"
Friday, March 6, 2015

Dario Grana, SER Assistant Professor of Geology & Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering, UW
"Geostatistics-based decision making for reservoir engineering"
Friday, February 27, 2015

Pete Stahl, Professor, Soil Ecology; Director, Wyoming Reclamation & Restoration Center, UW
"The Importance of Restoring Ecosystems Disturbed by Natural Resource Production"
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Anne Gaffney, Director of Process Science & Technology, Idaho National Lab
"Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane to Ethylene"
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dimitri Mavriplis, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Max Castagne Professorship, UW
"High Performance Computational Fluid Dynamics for Multidisciplinary Aerodynamic Problems"
Friday, February 20, 2015

Maohong Fan, SER Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, UW
"UW is Becoming a Leader in Advanced Fuel and Chemical Conversion Areas"
February 13, 2015

Ted Watson, Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Director, Rocky Mountain Magnetic Resonance, Colorado State University
"Determine Intrinsic Permeability with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)"
January 30, 2015

Fall 2014 Speakers

Professor Suojiang Zhang, Director Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences
"Z-bond interaction and ionic liquids based process innovation"
November 19, 2014

Jeane Hull, Executive VP & Chief Technology Officer, Peabody Coal
"Technical Talent Pipeline Development--Students to Future Leaders at Peabody Energy"
November 13, 2014

Dr. Cullen Buie, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT - WATCH VIDEO
"Ultra-Low Cost Membraneless Electrochemical Energy Storage"
November 5, 2014

Dr. Darryl P. Butt, Distinguished Professor and Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State - WATCH VIDEO
"Phase Transformations and Stability of Ion Transport Membranes for Syngas Production"
November 7, 2014

Dr. Xiangkun Ren, VP Beijing Sanju Environmental Protection and New Materials Co.
"China's coal conversion technologies and suggestions for commercial scale carbon capture in Wyoming"
October 23, 2014

Mike Robinson & Joe Meyer, Bureau of Land Management - WATCH VIDEO
"BLM Oil and Gas Development A - Z: Case studies from Converse County, WY"
October 24, 2014

Dr. George Hirasaki, Professor, Rice University 
"CO2 Foam Mobility Control for Carbonate Formations"
October 21, 2014

Thomas A. Lockhart, Director, Air Force Materials & Manufacturing - WATCH VIDEO
"Old Planes, New Science: Air Force Sustainment Science & Technology"
October 17, 2014

Holly Krutka, PhD, Executive Director, Cornerstone Journal - WATCH VIDEO
“The Imperative of Global Communication on Clean Energy"
October 10, 2014

Martha Wyrsch, Executive VP & General Counsel, Sempra Energy - WATCH VIDEO
"The Anatomy of an LNG Project"
October 3, 2014

Dr. Greg Poulos -  WATCH VIDEO
Managing Director, V-Bar, Global Wind and Solar Consulting Firm
"Wind Energy, Grid Parity, and Strategic Links to Natural Gas"
September 26, 2014

Professor Sally Benson
Energy Resources Engineering, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University; Director, Precourt Institute for Energy; Director, Global Climate and Energy Project
"Recent Advances in CO2 Storage & Technology"
September 19, 2014

Professor Fangming Jin
Distinguished Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
"Rapid and highly effective conversion of biomass and CO2 into chemicals and fuels under hydrothermal conditions"
August 18, 2014

Spring 2014 Speakers

Professor Wenhau Wang
School of Environmental Science & Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
"Mercury Emission Control Technologies Developed at SJTU"
May 21, 2014

Professor Peter J. Stang
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Utah
"Abiological Self-Assembly: Predesigned Metallacycles and Meallacages via Coordination"
May 19, 2014

David Emery
President & Chief Executive Officer, Black Hills Corporation
"Opportunities & challenges in the current energy industry"
April 25, 2014

Dr. John Kaldi
Professor & Chair of Geosequestration, University of Adelaide
"Carbon capture and storage: What are the big issues and opportunities for the petroleum industry?"
April 18, 2014

Tom Konrad
Writer/Editor, Financial Analyst and Investment Advisor
"How the financial market shapes the energy economy"
April 11, 2014

Mr. Nick Jones
PG, Senior Research Scientist, Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute
"A New Look at Coalification: Critters vs. Compaction"
February 21, 2014

Randall Luthi
President of the National Ocean Industries Association
“From the Plains to Platforms, Should UW Grads Work Offshore?”
February 11, 2014

Past Speakers

Dr. Zhemin Shen
School of Environmental Science & Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
"Catalytic Mercury Removal for Energy Generation Industries"
November 26, 2013

Dr. Norman R. Morrow
Wold Chair of Energy & J.E. Warren Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming
"Improved Oil Recovery: from Low Salinity to Sequential Waterflooding"
November 22, 2013

Thomas M. Botts (Civil Engineering, '77)
Retired Executive Vice President of Royal Dutch Shell
"Things I wish someone would have told me before starting the new job..."
November 14, 2013

Dr. Xiangping Zhang
Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences
"Ionic liquid-based processes for sustainable chemical engineering"
November 8, 2013

Dr. Baoqing Li
Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
"The Recent Progress of Coal Technology Developments in China"
October 4, 2013

Rich Halvey
Energy Program Director, Western Governors' Association
"WGA's 10-Year Energy Vision"
September 6, 2013

Clayton Barrows (BS EE at UW, '05; PhD Energy & Mineral Engineering at Penn State, '13 )
Postdoctoral Researcher and member of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Power System Optimization: Getting the most out of the grid
April 26, 2013

Dr. Patrick O'Leary
Assistant Director of Scientific Computing for Kitware, Inc.
"In Situ Analysis with ParaView Catalyst"
April 19, 2013

Dr. Harold L. York (BS Economics, '85; MS Economics & Finance, '86)
Vice President of Downstream Oil - Americas, Wood Mackenzie
September 8, 2012

Thomas M. Botts (Civil Engineering, '77)
Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing for Shell Downstream Inc.
April 4, 2012

Dr. Jinchao Xu
Pentz Professor of Science at Penn State
"Optimal User-Friendly Numerical Methods with Applications in Energy Simulations"
October 29, 2010

Dr. Tim Carr
West Virginia University
"Energy at the Crossroads: The Bridge to the Green Future"
January 28, 2010

Dr. Timothy Considine
University of Wyoming
"Peak Oil in a Carbon Constrained World"
Global Competition for Energy Symposium
March 5, 2009 

Rajesh J. Pawar
Los Alamos National Laboratory
"CO2-PENS: A Systems Level Approach for Evaluating Geologic CO2 Storage Systems"
January 14, 2009

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