Symposium Series

2015-2016 Energy Symposium Series

Arctic Drilling: Untapped Opportunity or Risky Business?

Arctic Drilling

UH Energy hosted the first of four symposiums of the 2015-2016 Energy Symposium Series: Critical Issues in Energy, entitled "Arctic Drilling: Untapped Opportunity or Risky Business?" on September 24, 2015 at the University of Houston. The symposium saw over 700 attendees including university faculty, staff and students, as well as leading members from Houston's booming energy industry. Moderated by Richard Haut, Director of Energy Production at the Houston Advanced Research Center, the symposium featured guest speakers who discussed relevant issues relating to the topic including Kevin Harun, Arctic Program Director at Pacific Environment; Jed Hamilton, Senior Arctic Consultant at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company; Bob Reiss, an American author and consultant on Arctic issues; and Peter Van Tuyn, Managing Partner at Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, L.L.C. based in Anchorage, Alaska. Watch >>

Carbon Tax: Is It the Right Time?

Carbon Tax

The second topic in UH Energy’s symposium series was “Carbon Tax: Is it the Right Time?” The debate featured Aparna Mathur, resident scholar in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Kyle Danish, partner at Van Ness Feldman L.L.P.; Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company and Upstream Americas director, and H. Leighton Steward, geologist, environmentalist, author, and retired energy industry executive. Dave Fehling, energy and environment reporter for Houston Public Media moderated the debate. Watch >>

Energy Policy: Did the US Win or Lose in the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Energy Policy

UH Energy hosted the third symposium in the 2015 – 2016 Energy Symposium Series | Critical Issues in Energy on February 15 in the UH Student Center. The topic “Energy Policy: Did the U.S. Win or Lose in the Iran Nuclear Deal?” produced a lively discussion and an excellent turnout of about 450 UH students and faculty, industry professionals and community members. The speakers included Cliff Kupchan, chairman of Eurasia Group, a global risk and consulting firm; Joes Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at the Baker Institute at Rice University; and, joining via Skype was Sara Vakhshouri, founder and president of SVB Energy International, a strategic energy consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. The event was moderated by Chris Tomlinson from the Houston Chronicle. Watch >>

Navigating the Future of Personal Transportation

Navigating Future Transportation

The final symposium in this year’s series was “Navigating the Future of Personal Transportation” and featured speakers Quincy Allen, district engineer for TXDOT; Emil Frankel, the interim president for the Eno Center for Transportation; Ken Laberteaux, senior principal scientist for the Toyota Research Institute-North America; and Joshua Schank, chief innovation officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Gail Delaughter, transportation reporter for Houston Public Media, moderated the event. Watch >>