2012 Conference

Student Organizers

Elizabeth Sims – Conference Chair
Daniel Noll – Conference Vice-Chair

Leadership Team
Kavita Joshi (Logistics), Erik Norwood (Marketing), John Shaddix (Sponsorship), Chris Wolf (Speakers), Mike Worth (Marketing), Blakeley McCracken (Logistics), Chris Yanek (Finance), Shannon Strank (Research)

Steering Committee
Jeffrey Sabins (Chair), John Bell, Chad Blevins, Kathryn Chang, Reed Malin, Nellymar Membreno, James Patterson, Brent Stephens

Kevin Kowalski,Chad Lewis, William Nichols, Juan Higuera, Jake Meyer
Gabriel Vega, Atish Lanewala. Kristen Pranke. Reed Hatch, Lara Cottingham, Stuart Bull, Alisa Shackmann, Elizabeth Waite, Megan Leseberg, Ariel Shalin, Matthew Walters, Ben Rowe, Brian Kociuba, Scott McMahon, Nicole Hughes, Patricia Varraveto, Reed Malin, Natalie Fowler, Jolene Litzman, John Maxwell, Arpit Desai, John Dowling, Lauren Martin


Apache Corporation, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Deloitte, Walmart, Waste Management, American Electric Power, Booz & Co., Calpine, Cameron, McCombs School of Business, Jackson School of Geosciences, Energy Institute, Energy Management and Innovation Center, Austin Technology Incubator, Energy Finance Group, McCombs CleanTech Group


Keynotes Presentations
Steven Koonin, Former Undersecretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy
Stephan Dolezalek, Managing Director and Group Leader, Vantage Point CleanTech Group
Michael S. Bahorich, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Apache

Debate: U.S. Energy Independence
Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology
Fred Beach, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at The University of Texas at Austin
Joe Capps, Executive Director to the Commanding General, US Army Installation Management Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Robert Bryce, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Panel 1 – Energy in the Built Environment
Michael Garrison (moderator), Professor, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin
Jason Beiter, Senior Vice President, Kiewit Building Group, Inc.
Glenn Garland, President and CEO, CLEAResult, Inc.
Bryan Hassin, Founder & CEO, Smart Office Energy Solutions

Panel 2 – Who Pays for our Renewable Future?
Greg Pool, Senior Manager of Renewable Energy & Emissions, Walmart
John Pitts, Business Development Manager, SunPower Corporation
Diana Coggin, Project Development Manager, Clean Line Energy Partners
Tuan Pham, President, PowerFin Partners
Christopher Dann, Vice President, Booz & Company’s Energy, Chemicals and Utilities practice

Panel 3: A National Energy Policy – The Search Continues
Varun Rai (moderator), Assistant Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Michael Webber, Assistant Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering
Branko Terzic, President, CLEAResult Consulting
David Blackmon, Director of Government Affairs, El Paso Corporation
Will Coleman, Partner, Mohr Davidow

Panel 4: Risks and Externalities in Energy Production
David Spence, Professor, McCombs School of Business
Caleb Stephenson, Vice President, Commercial Analytics, Calpine Corporation
Gary Gibbs, Manager of Governmental & Environmental Affairs, AEP
Dale Klein, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of Academic Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Brad Eastman, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Cameron

Panel 5: The Future of Energy Storage
Robert Hebner, Director, Center for Electromechanics, The University of Texas at Austin
Jeremy Meyers, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Arumugam Manthiram, Director, Texas Materials Institute, The University of Texas at Austin
Amanda Brown, Director, Market, Policy & Regulatory Affairs West, Xtreme Power, Inc.
Mike Hanratty, Sales Director, Grid Storage, A123 Systems, Inc.
Jack Farley, President & CEO. Apex Compressed Air Energy Storage, LLC

Panel 6: Understanding Movement in Oil Prices
Sheridan Titman, Professor, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
Jeff Bartlett, Principal and Energy Portfolio Leader, Deloitte
Roger Ihne, Energy Portfolio Manager, Apollo Global Management LLC
Jason Schenker, President and Chief Economist, Prestige Economics, LLC
Niloy Shah, CFO – Gulf of Mexico Region, BP

10-Minute Energy Idea Talks
Jay Bouisseau, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Jeffrey Siegel, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Juan Ontiveros, Utilities and Management, The University of Texas at Austin
Rebecca Ward, Cockrell School of Engineering
Jim Walker, Office of Sustainability at The University of Texas at Austin
Mike Kotschenreuther, Institute for Fusion Studies
Amanda Berens, Foundation Communities
Bob Gibb, Navigant Consulting’s Energy Practice
Ashlynn Stillwell, Cockrell School of Engineering
Richard Donnelly, GRIDbot LLC.