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SER Speaker Series

School of Energy Resources 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.

2015 SER Spring Speaker Series Calendar

MARCH 2015

Don Roth, SER Deputy Director of Academics, UW; Assoc. Director, Center for Advanced Energy Studies"
Tuesday, March 31, 3:10pm, EIC 201
Center for Advanced Energy Studies and UW’s role; research, academic, and funding opportunities; value added interdisciplinary interactions with other CAES members and how to establish collaborations; and CAES core initiatives that align with UW strengths.”

April 2015

Bryan Pivovar, Fuel Cell R&D Research Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Thursday, April 2, 3:10pm, EIC 201
"An Overview of Fuel Cell R&D at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)"

Rob Godby, Associate Professor of Finance & Economics
Director, Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy
Friday, April 3, 12pm, EIC 201
The Impact of the coal economy on Wyoming, and possible implications of future GHG regulations”

Norm Augustine, Retired CEO & Chairman, Lockheed Martin
"Science & Technology: Can America Compete?"
Tuesday, April 7, 3:10pm, BERRY CENTER AUDITORIUM

Michael Urynowicz, Professor, Civil & Architectural Engineering and Director of the Center for Biogenic Natural Gas
Thursday, April 9, 3:10pm, EIC 201
"Biogas with Carbon Capture and Storage (BG-CCS): Bridging the Gap between Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy"

Indy Burke, Wyoming Excellence Chair and Director of the Haub School of Environment & Natural Resources
Friday, April 10, 12pm, EIC 201

Eric Grunsky, 2015 Distinguished Lecturer, International Association of Mathmatical Geosciences
Tuesday, April 14, 12pm, CLASSROOM BLDG 103
"The use of geochemical survey data for predictive geologic mapping at regional and continental scales"

Tara Righetti, SER Assistant Professor of Law
Friday, April 17, 12pm, EIC 201

Phil Cameron, Executive Director, Energy Conservation Works
Thursday, April 23, 3:10pm, EIC 201

John W. Pierre, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Friday, April 24, 12pm, EIC 201

Spring 2015 Speakers

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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