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Gilman International Scholarship Program & the University of Wyoming Presents

2019 U.S. Future Leaders Topical Seminars

September 5-6, 2019 

U.S. Future Leaders Topical Seminar at the University of Wyoming September 5-6, 2019. Participants will be joined by the Wyoming government, energy industry, and resource policy community representatives to enhance professional networks and learn about cutting-edge research. Please review the proposed agenda below.

Proposed Agenda:

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, Evening

Day 1: Arrival Day

Participants will arrive throughout Day 1 at either the Laramie Regional Airport (LAR), then accessing bus transportation provided by and with service to the Hilton Garden Inn, or at Denver International Airport (DEN), with transit to Laramie operated by Groome Transportation (

Early Registration

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Registration tables open in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn.


Thursday, September 5th, 2019; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Day 2: U.S. Future Leaders Topical Seminar

The first official full day of the Seminar program, will begin with opening and welcome remarks and an overview of the full program agenda and themes. The focus of the program in the morning is to gain an up to date perspective of a global and U.S. national trends of both the Energy sector and the Environment. For the Energy sector our focus will be upon energy production, use and security. For the Environment we will consider management of natural resources with particular attention on sustainability. The afternoon will focus on an exploration and interaction with the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and Centers of excellence at the University of Wyoming’s (UW) School of Energy Resources. The afternoon will conclude with a visit to the UW High Bay Research facility.

At each session each presenter will be required to allow sufficient time for questions and answers. If practical, depending on the topic, presenters will interact with smart phone polls and quizzes during the presentation. Each presenter is encouraged to be visual and engaging.

7:15 am – 8:30 am Participants are guided to the short 3-minute walk from the Hilton Garden Inn to the lobby area of Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

7:15 am – 8:30 am Registration tables open at the lobby area of Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

7:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast served at the Legacy Hall in the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Overview of Seminar Agenda

Location: Ballroom of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center

9:00 am – 9:05 am Opening Remarks and Campus Welcome, Dr. Neil Theobald, President of the University of Wyoming.

9:05 am – 9:15 am Welcome Remarks from IIE Gilman Program staff and U.S. State Department representatives.

9:15 am – 9:20 am Overview of Seminar Agenda. Dr. Robert Field, Former Director of the Center for Global Studies, Senior Research Scientist of Atmospheric Science.

This session is introductory and describes how session topics meet the goal of immersion in the areas of energy and natural resources, while explicitly highlighting closing the skills gap, leadership development, and women’s empowerment.

Energy and Natural Resource Management (Facilitator Robert Field)

Location: Ballroom of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center

9:20 am – 10:00 am Global Trends in Energy Production and Use, Gerry Borghesi, Senior Executive Exxon Mobil Corporation.

10:00 am – 10:20 am U.S. Trends in Energy Production and Use, Ryan Repice, Team Leader Integrated Energy Statistics Team, U.S. Energy Information Administration.

10:20 am – 10:50 am Tea and Coffee Break.

10:50 am – 11:10 am Visualizing change in the natural World, Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai Research Scientist Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center.

11:10 am – 11:40 am The End of Sustainability: Resilience and the Future of Environmental Governance in the Anthropocene, Mindy Benson, Dean of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources.

11:40 am – 12:10 pm The Role of Finance in ensuring a Green Climate, Rick Nogueira, Independent Climate Finance Expert and DC Green Bank Board Member.

12:10 pm – 12:30 pm Short Q&A session.

This session provides the big-picture view of Energy and the Environment from a global perspective and then focuses down upon the United States. In our modern world local and distant locations are more strongly tied together than ever. While any nation will have its own perspective on energy and the environment, often driven by geopolitical situation, collaboration will be essential to solve global problems that manifest locally and regionally. This session should connect both Gilman and CLS students to their region of study and the U.S. in the context of the seminar theme. You cannot be a leader if you do not see the big picture. This is the anticipated learning outcome of this session.

Lunch Break

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (Legacy Room in the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center)

Site Visits to UW Centers of Excellence and Industrial facility

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Energy Sectors into the future: Panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Robert Field with Gerry Borghesi Exxon Mobil Corporation, Ryan Repice U.S. Energy Information Administration, Dr. Charles Mason Professor of Economics, and Richard Horner School of Energy Resources.

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Divide into groups and transit with 3 chartered buses.

2:15 pm – 4:45 pm Centers of Excellence, we will have an open house at the Energy Innovation Center (EIC):

This session is split into 3 blocks. Participants will each receive a tour of the “state of the art” High Bay Research Facility that aims to improve the efficiency of the extraction of oil and natural gas resources. Each block allows for a 40-minute workshop with selected stations that are outlined below. This allows for more direct contact between experts and participants.

For stations participants will rotate between two out of the six choices. The possible selections are noted below:

· Shell 3D Visualization Center aka the 3D CAVE @ EIC.

· How does my air quality exposure and carbon footprint compare to others around the World? @ EIC 2nd floor project room.

· Oil and Gas drilling simulator and analyzing a recent drill core from Wyoming exploration.

· Wyoming Geographical Information Science Center NREX State of Wyoming energy visualization project @ EIC 2nd floor BP room.

· Science and Communication Initiative Workshops @ EIC 2nd floor project room.

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Transition with 3 shuttle buses back to Hotel.

At the start of this session we have an open discussion that aims to tie together energy trends and research. Visiting Centers of Excellence provides the fine detail view of Energy and the Environment issues from a research perspective. This is designed to connect with the big picture themes. We will see that these research areas are all connected and that to solve problems disciplines must work in collaboration. This session should show both Gilman and CLS students the future direction of Energy and Natural Resources in the U.S. You cannot understand energy issues if you do not see the fine detail and effort required for progressive research. This is the anticipated learning outcome of this session.

Opening Dinner

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Participants will be directed from the Hilton Garden Inn to the Ballroom in the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Opening Dinner, Participants, speakers and staff will enjoy a meet and greet followed by dinner at the UW Gateway Center. They will be joined by invited Wyoming government, energy industry, and resource policy community representatives to enhance professional networking opportunities.

Friday, September 6th, 2019, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Day 3: U.S. Future Leaders Topical Seminar

The second full day of the Seminar program, will start by re-enforcing the connections between energy and natural resource with break-out sessions that allow for more in-depth consideration of technical challenges and future perspectives. One session will focus on the challenges that women face as scientists and academics. Future leaders need to be aware of the finer details that fit within the broader daunting energy and environment challenges that face the U.S. and the rest of the global community. In the second morning session, the focus will turn again to leadership, innovation and engagement followed by the second industrial visit to Arlington wind farm that is located to the west of Laramie.

7:15 am – 8:30 am Shuttle service from the Hilton Garden Inn to the Wyoming Union building.

7:30 am – 9:00 am Hot Breakfast served at the Wyoming Family room of the Wyoming Union building.

Breakout sessions

Location: Wyoming Union Ballroom

9:00 am – 10:30 am Breakout sessions, at registration participants select their preferred option:

Option 1: Women in Science and Academia (Facilitator Dr. Kate Miller) at Wyoming Union Center Ballroom

9:00 am – 9:25 am Supporting women in academia and researching global environmental justice, Dr. Zoe Pearson Assistant Professor, School of Politics, Public Affairs, & International Studies.

9:25 am – 9:50 am Industry, academia and government: Career benefits and challenges from a geologist's perspective, Dr. Erin A. Campbell, State Geologist and Director Wyoming State Geological Survey.

9:50 am – 10:15 am Celebrating the accomplishments of women in the Wyoming legal profession; Striving for equal pay in the Equality State, Temple Stoellinger JD, Co-Director, Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies.

10:15 am – 10:30 am Short Q&A session.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Tea and Coffee Break.

Option 1: This session provides views of working in the Energy and the Environment from a Women’s perspective. Each presenter will address the challenges that they face in the workplace whether as a scientist or in academia. This is designed to connect the seminar theme with women’s empowerment and aims to remind participants that everyone has a role to play in creating equity. As our civil society progresses Gilman and CLS students, like all of us, must strive to better understand alternative views to our own while honoring all forms of diversity. Students with international experience know that such equity may be aspiration is some societies. The anticipated learning outcome is the reinforce that the U.S. has a leading role in defining equality in the modern world.

Option 2: Energy Transition, Now and into the Future - (Facilitator Dr. Scott Quillinan) at Wyoming Union East Ballroom

9:00 am – 9:25 am Future Energy Grid Demands; Will they hold back a green energy transition? Richard Horner Director of Emerging Technology School of Energy Resources.

9:25 am – 9:50 am How does Wind Energy fit into energy portfolios? Dr. Jonathan W Naughton Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

9:50 am – 10:15 am How does Solar Energy fit into energy portfolios? Dr. Bruce Parkinson Director of the Center for Photo-conversion and Catalysis.

10:15 am – 10:30 am Short Q&A session.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Tea and Coffee Break.

Option 3: Carbon Management (Facilitator Kipp Coddington) at Wyoming Union West Ballroom

9:00 am – 9:20 am The future of coal and other fossil fuels, Dr. Rob Godby, Director of the Center for Energy Economics & Public Policy.

9:20 am – 9:40 am Carbon capture and storage - what is required for it to play a meaningful role in emissions control, and when will it be ready? Mark Northam, Executive Director of the School of Energy Resources.

9:40 am – 10:00 am New Innovations in the extraction of oil and gas resources, James Soreson, Assistant Director of Subsurface Strategies, Energy and Environmental Research Center, University of North Dakota.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Q&A session.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Tea and Coffee Break.

Options 2 and 3 of this session are both designed to connect with the site visits of the previous day. Participants will see in greater detail some of the major accomplishments, challenges and opportunities in the field of energy research. The future of humanity is tied to energy management and protection of the environment. This session serves Gilman and CLS alums by providing an up-to- date assessment of the real challenges to be faced in the future. With three separate coffee breaks there should be greater interactions with presenters and staff at each option. Our anticipated learning outcome is for participants to understand that while we have challenges, with innovation and positive policies we can create a sustainable future.

Innovation, Engagement and Leadership (Shelley Jewell) at Wyoming Union Ballroom

11:00 am – 11:30 am Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering, Michael Pishko Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Leadership through Engagement, Jean Garrison Director of Office of Engagement and Outreach.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm How can I make a positive difference in the World? Rita C. Meyer Vice President Wyoming Rocky Mountain Power.

This session re-enforces our Women’s empowerment session, as our facilitator and two out of three speakers are female, while also connecting research progress with innovation. We need to be creative and be willing to take risks. This session highlights the link between engagement and leadership. Our final speaker who is a former State of Wyoming Treasurer should be motivational for all attendees. The anticipated learning outcome is to reinforce that the we must work hard, and smart, to innovate, engage and lead.

U.S. Department of State Alumni Opportunities

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm U.S. Department of State Alumni Opportunities, Carol Radomski, Program Officer, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This session will cover the many U.S. Department of State opportunities available to Gilman and CLS alumni, including additional professional development workshops, grant competitions, and online resources. Information on the Non-Competitive Eligibility for federal hiring status that some alumni hold and how to pursue careers with the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies will be presented.

Lunch Break and careers session

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch (Boxed lunches). Participants will have the opportunity to visit careers stations with an emphasis on Graduate research, Energy, Environment, Engineering, Science and International opportunities. We will also provide an alternative opportunity of campus walking tours.

Site Visit to Industrial facility (Facilitator Rocky Mountain Power)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm High Plains Wind Farm, Participants will receive a tour of this wind farm as a view into the challenges facing wind energy as part of our future energy balance. Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) will facilitate this trip and we will get up close to wind turbines. We will see on going upgrading operations that are improving efficiency of energy capture with installation of longer blades. This is part of a 1-billion-dollar investment by RMP.

Informal Dinner

Location: UW Visual Arts Building, the UW American Heritage Center and UW Art Museum Building

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Escorted walk to UW Visual Arts Building.

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Catered buffet-style dinner in UW Visual Arts Building.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Dessert is served at the American Heritage Center.

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Opportunity to view Art Museum installations and American Heritage Center display collections during networking dinner. Various UW Student Associations, including International students will also be invited to attend for networking.

8:00 pm – 8:15 pm Brief closing remarks from the seminar conference organizers.

8:15 pm – 9:00 pm Escorted walks leaving every 10 minutes back to Hilton Garden Inn.


Saturday, September 7th, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Day 4: Departure Day

Participants can add a breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn to their room. Check-outs will occur during the morning and must be completed by 11:00 am. Scheduled shuttles and buses to either the Laramie Regional Airport (LAR) or Denver International Airport (DEN) will depart during the morning and early afternoon.

7:00 am – 12:00 pm Conference check-out tables open in the Hilton Garden Inn hotel lobby. Assistance with shuttle departures. The seminar team will meet in the early afternoon for closeout tasks and preliminary assessment of program.


In this link for the video on the Gilman Facebook , Dr. Robert Field (Senior Research Scientist) from the University of Wyoming tells you why you should apply to attend the Energy and Natural Resources seminar!

Below is the official Gilman advertising video from YouTube.



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