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Features - OCTOBER 2022

UH's Division of Energy and Innovation a Crowd Favorite as Energy Day Draws Thousands in 10th Year Anniversary

After a 2-year hiatus, Houston’s Energy Day was back in full swing October 15, celebrating its 10-year anniversary at Sam Houston Park. Hosted by the Consumer Energy Education Foundation (CEEF), Energy Day drew thousands of attendees in a community-wide effort to inform about all things energy. The festival also included a drawing of raffle tickets and scholarship giveaways toward student education. In addition to STEM-related activities, the trails of Sam Houston Park was packed with educational experiences for students of all ages, including developmental business skills, land acquisition and the latest endeavors from fellow Houston-area universities’ engineering and science departments.
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Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Terri King, ConocoPhillips

In our latest Energy Advisory Board member spotlight, the Division of Energy and Innovation spoke with ConocoPhillips executive Terri King on her journey within industry. King shared her people-first, solutions-oriented mindset and spoke on how the University of Houston is fostering collaborative efforts between education and industry for the betterment of energy's future.
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Energy 101 Sparks Conversation on Current Issues in Energy Transition

Representation from Shell, the University of Houston’s Energy Transition Institute and the Houston Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Resiliency led discussion regarding the current state of the energy transition and the areas of focus for the next generation of industry during the Energy Coalition's Energy 101 event earlier this month.
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‘Father of Environmental Justice’ Challenges Students to Step Up for Climate Change

In this first-person account, student journalist Angela Jardina shares highlights from an enthralling address from the "Father of Environmental Justice" Robert Bullard, who challenged students to help lead the fight for environmental and climate justice during an insightful address held last month at the UH Alumni Center.
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Features - SEPTEMBER 2022

Students See Potential Employers’ Social Conscience as Admirable, But Not Always a Deciding Factor

In a survey released by UH Energy and the UH Hobby School of Public Affairs, 38.6% of a sample group of University of Houston students said when the time comes to pick the job that will launch their career in the energy industry, they will favor companies committed to improving social and environmental challenges – even if that choice requires a sacrifice in salary.
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The Future of Nuclear in the Energy Transition

The first topic of the 2022-2023 Energy Symposium Series, The Future of Nuclear in the Energy Transition, will address if and how headways in advanced nuclear reactors, fusion, and waste management.
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Energy Coalition Seeking Students for Energy Ambassador Program

The Energy Coalition has announced the start of Energy Ambassador Program, which seeks to make students the leaders in structuring the growth of the coalition, on-campus and beyond. Recruitment is underway with the goal of involving each energy-related college with representation in the EC's latest initiative.
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UH Researchers Engage Community to Create Award-Winning Plan for Resilience

In a "generational opportunity" that balances community needs along with the targets of the city of Houston's climate action and resilience plan, Architecture professor Bruce Race and his students have created a master plan to repurpose a former landfill into a town center, park and flood control facility.
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Features - AUGUST 2022

GCSW Student Advocates for Climate Justice

MSW Student and Community Organizer Amber England helped to achieve a major climate justice win in getting American International Group Inc. (AIG) to commit to zero net emissions company-wide, including no longer providing underwriting and investments for fossil fuel exploration projects.
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Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Haibin Xu, Shell

By Angela Jardina

Now leading an international team across six countries in his role as General Manager of Shell Research Alliance, Xu helps create strategic, inclusive and purposeful partnerships with universities, research institutes and other entities that work to meet the challenges of evolving technology in industry. With that comes the opportunity to see various international perspectives on energy.
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UH Energy Gearing Up For Energy Day

Energy Day will be back in full swing October 15 at Sam Houston Park. Hosted by the Consumer Energy Education Foundation and the Consumer Energy Alliance, it is the largest energy-focused festival in the city.
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Evolve Houston Relaunch Event Set for August 18

By Angela Jardina

Evolve Houston, alongside the University of Houston, the city of Houston and other founding partners, reinforced their commitment to widespread electrification during its relaunch event August 18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
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Features - JULY 2022

Rajashekara Named 2022 Recipient of Global Energy Prize Laureate Award

By Laurie Fickman

Kaushik Rajashekara, a Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Cullen College of Engineering, earned his field’s highest honors, as the Global Energy Association named him one of three 2022 Prize laureates.
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Energy Coalition Spotlight: Abby Chopra, 2022-23 Chair

By Ed Bailey

Abby Chopra is set to lead the Energy Coalition as the seventh chair in the history of the organization. UH Energy spoke with Chopra on her goals for the group in the upcoming year, which are hyper-focused on student engagement, creating opportunities for energy Coogs and intertwining each energy-related college through new initiatives.
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Register to Attend the 2022 Energy Career Fair

The Energy Coalition, alongside UH Energy and University Career Services, are gearing up for the annual Energy Career Fair. Set for Sept. 21 in the Houston Room at the Student Center, This event is an opportunity for energy-related companies and non-profits to recruit top UH talent. Whether you're a STEM major or interested in working within industry, RSVP now!
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Evolve Houston Relaunch Event Set for August 18

By Ed Bailey

Evolve Houston continues to embark on its mission to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through transportation electrification. With an official relaunch set for Aug. 18, This event is an opportunity to hear first-hand about Houston’s latest eMobility initiatives from organizations playing a leading role in this effort.
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Features - JUNE 2022

Bauer Undergraduate Supply Chain Management Program Ranked Top 10 by Gartner, Inc.

By Julie Bonnin

The C. T. Bauer College of Business supply chain management (SCM) program for undergraduates has ranked 9th in the Top 25 North American Supply Chain Undergraduate University Programs, 2022. The Top 10 placement, a first for the Bauer program, was announced earlier this month at the Gartner Supply Chain Symposium, an annual gathering of top SCM executives and strategists.
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UH Researchers Studying Whether Soot and Smoke Cause Stronger Storms

By Andrea Leinfelder

University of Houston researchers — plus many others from around the country — are conducting a weather experiment that’s examining if soot, dust, smoke and other tiny particles suspended in the atmosphere can cause stronger, rainier thunderstorms. UH is partnering with organizations such as the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and NASA.
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TC Energy Summer Scholars Outperform Peers, Program Kicks Off for Third Year

For the first time in three years, the TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy returned to in-person instruction at UH. Aimed toward incoming freshmen, the program is a partnership between UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and TC Energy, an energy infrastructure company that focuses on energy storage and sustainability.
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Petroleum Engineering Grad Takes 1st In Regional Student Paper Contest

By Stephen Greenwell

Andres Villarroel, a Petroleum Engineering grad from the Cullen College of Engineering, won the Society of Petroleum Engineers GCNA/SWNA (Gulf Coast and Southwest North America) Regional Student Paper Contest. Villarroel's presentation focused on more accurate and cost-efficient methods of estimating oil volumes in complex reservoirs.
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Features - MAY 2022

Energy Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Sonya Reed, Phillips 66

By Ed Bailey

UH Energy spoke with one of the newest members of the Energy Advisory Board, Phillips 66 Senior VP of Human Resources and Corporate Communications Sonya Reed. She shared valuable insight on her career path, what led her to join the EAB along with what she hopes to bring to the conversation about energy, and essential words of wisdom for aspiring energy professionals.
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Energy Coalition Hosts 7th Annual Energy Banquet

By Margaret Kidd and Ed Bailey

The University of Houston’s Supply Chain and Logistics Technology (SCLT) program, alongside the Houston Maritime Center (HMC) honored former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz for his contributions within the energy transition.
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Coogs Excel During Chevron Competition on Carbon Utilization

By Margaret Kidd and Ed Bailey

As part of the UH Multidisciplinary Entrepreneurship Competition on Carbon Utilization on May 17 – sponsored by Chevron Innovation & Technology Ventures – four student interdisciplinary teams led by a faculty mentor took on the task of repurposing greenhouse gas emissions into unique sources of renewable energy. The competition emphasized the importance of sustainability for a cleaner energy future.
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Shale Reservoirs Could be ‘Substantial Source of Lithium

By Karn Dhingra

Kyung Jae Lee, an assistant professor of petroleum engineering at UH, is exploring the potential of petroleum-based rock brines as a new source of lithium. Lee's published findings show that highly concentrated lithium was found in the produced water (water produced as a byproduct during the extraction of oil and natural gas) along with produced natural gas and oil.
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Coogs Excel During Chevron Competition on Carbon Utilization

Cullen College of Engineering Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Yan Yao has teamed with peers to publish a paper in Nature Communications regarding a new model for safe, cost-efficient and long-lasting all-solid-state-sodium batteries (ASSSBs). The findings document results of developing a glassy electrolyte whose electrochemical stability may be a huge step in commercializing ASSSBs.
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Features - APRIL 2022

Mindfulness On The Rig: Research Project Aims to Improve Safety, Health and Well-being of Offshore Oil and Gas Workers

By Karn Dhingra and Chris Stipes

Through a grant from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, UH psychology professor Christiane Spitzmueller led a six-month study of offshore oil and gas workers alongside offshore worker safety expert Rhona Flin, professor of business at Scotland’s Robert Gordon University, and executives at Baker Hughes and Diamond Offshore. The study findings suggest that workers who practice more mindfulness experience less emotional exhaustion, fatigue and psychological strain.
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DOE Awards UH Researchers $1 Million Grant Toward Development of Miniature Pulsed Power System

By Karn Dhingra

Cullen College Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Harish Krishnamoorthy is leading a team of UH researchers to develop the next generation of miniaturized pulsed power systems that will facilitate the use of mobile hand-held MRI machines, a project that may revolutionize the energy and health-care industries.
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UH Energy Grad Programs Ranked Among Best In the Nation By U.S. News and World Report

By Chris Stipes

The University of Houston is home to several of the nation's premier graduate studies programs, with 20 of them ranked Top 50 by the U.S. News and World Report. UH Energy is well-represented, with Petroleum Engineering (10th), Environmental Law (21st), and Chemical Engineering (31st) earning distinction.
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UHE Begins Asynchronous Energy Value Chain Bronze Badge

This essential learning opportunity provides an all-encompassing look at the energy value chain in the context of sustainable energy development and features live interactive discussion with leading energy experts at UH. Participants have up to 6 weeks from date of acceptance to complete 8 study modules.
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UH Researchers Exploring the Bounds of Room-Temperature Superconductivity

By Margaret Kidd and Ed Bailey

UH Researchers Paul Chu and Liangzi Deng are conducting experiments to look for superconductivity in a room-temperature and atmospheric pressure environment. If successful, the resulting technology would be revolutionary, accelerating the electrification of our world for its sustainable development.
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Features - March 2022

Leading Energy: University of Houston Creates Energy Transition Institute with $10 Million Commitment from Shell

By Chris Stipes

A $10 million gift from Shell USA, Inc. and Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc. has enabled the University of Houston (UH) to establish the Energy Transition Institute focused on the production and use of reliable, affordable and cleaner energy for all through a just and equity-driven pathway.
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UH Researchers Develop 3D Imaging Technique to Understand How Dendrites Form in Batteries

By Karn Dhingra

As the world lessens its dependence on fossil fuels, industries and manufacturers are turning to lithium-ion batteries to power the machines that make modern life possible.
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Tracking Disruptions: Bauer Researcher Uses Big Data to Track Oil Refinery Disruptions

By Julie Bonnin

New research from the C.T. Bauer College of Business uses big data to track operational disruptions at U.S. oil refineries that cause significant reductions in production capacity.
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Fact-check: With time and money, US can replace banned Russian imports with domestic oil

By Madison Czopek

As Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine has intensified, so has criticism of the U.S. buying Russian oil. On March 8, President Joe Biden announced a ban on Russian energy imports.
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UH SCLT, Houston Maritime Center Honors Ernest Moniz With Maritime Education in Energy Transition Award during CERAWeek

By Margaret Kidd and Ed Bailey

The University of Houston’s Supply Chain and Logistics Technology (SCLT) program, alongside the Houston Maritime Center (HMC) honored former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz for his contributions within the energy transition.
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Features - February 2022

UH Energy and the Energy Coalition Begin Certificate in Energy Leadership

By McKenzie Ganders

The University of Houston maintains its goal to prepare students for professions in energy through learning crucial skills needed for success in the marketplace. With this in mind, UH Energy and the Energy Coalition are pleased to announce the Certificate in Energy Leadership. This four-part webinar opportunity provides insights to critical skills such as team-building and leadership, and is aimed toward those currently in and aspiring to work within the energy industry.
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Features - January 2022

UH Energy White Paper Series: Oil Pipelines - Due Diligence Considerations

By Jim Crump in Collaboration with UH Energy

The U.S. crude oil pipeline network, a key component of energy infrastructure, has prompted vigorous public debate.
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UH Energy's Certificate in Energy Leadership

By UH Energy

UH Energy and the Energy Coalition at the University of Houston are proud to announce the Certificate in Energy Leadership. This program is based on a four-part webinar series, and is designed to prepare UH students for careers in energy, and for roles as future decision-makers within industry.
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Paper Finds 46 Cullen College Professors Among Most-Cited

By Stephen Greenwell

According to an updated paper from researchers at Stanford University, 46 past and present professors affiliated with the Cullen College of Engineering are among the Top 2 percent of cited research papers in the world.
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Carbon ships? Path to net-zero may take an overlooked approach by sea

By Ramanan Krishnamoorti and Aparajita Datta

It’s no secret that we urgently need to address climate change. The IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report called for net-zero carbon dioxide emissions from all human sources to stabilize the global climate.
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ERCOT: Power generators 'ready' if another freeze sweeps Texas

By Shelby Webb

Officials with Texas' electric grid manager say they have inspected more than 300 electric generation units -- which make up about 85 percent of the capacity that was knocked offline during the February freeze -- as part of their efforts to have the state better prepared for freezing weather.
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Features - December 2021

Down to the Wire: The 'Super Cool Conductor' Developed at UH Advances in Prestigious DOE Competition

By Karn Dhingra

As the world embarks upon the energy transition, improved electrification will be key to powering an efficient low carbon global economy.
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UH Researchers Among World’s Most Highly Cited

Three University of Houston researchers have been recognized as the “world’s most influential researchers” for ranking in the top 0.1% of highly cited papers. The recognition comes from Clarivate, a global leader in providing insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation.
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Petroleum Engineering Recognized As No. 6 Program

By Stephen Greenwell

The Petroleum Engineering Department at the Cullen College of Engineering has again been recognized for productive graduates and return on investment from its degrees, as it was named No. 6 on Steppingblocks' 2022 list of universities for petroleum engineers.
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UH Energy offers companion resources for the 23rd Annual World Petroleum Congress

By UH Energy

Returning to the United States for the first time in 30 years, the World Petroleum Congress is the oil and gas industry's most prestigious event.
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Companion Resource: WPC Promotes Shaping the Energy Future and Houston Leading the Energy Transition

By UH Energy

Companion Resource: Learn more about the University of Houston's multi-faceted, strategically-focused efforts toward addressing carbon management within the realm of energy.
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Features - November 2021

An interview with Neha Bhat, the new Energy Coalition Chair - Click here to read this article An interview with Neha Bhat, the new Energy Coalition Chair

By McKenzie Ganders

With the new school year off and running, the Energy Coalition (EC) is ushering in a new era of leadership. Among that board is the sixth chair to serve in that capacity since the group’s inception, Neha Bhat – a senior simultaneously working towards her bachelor’s and master’s in accounting.
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CCME completes Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Executive Education Course - Click here to read this article CCME completes Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Executive Education Course

By: McKenzie Ganders

The Center for Carbon Management in Energy at the University of Houston (CCME) wrapped up a successful executive education course in Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS), setting the stage for future learning chances for energy industry professionals next spring.
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UH Energy 2020 - 2021 Year-End Report - Click here to read this article UH Energy 2020 - 2021 Year-End Report

By UH Energy

The University of Houston’s vision is to be recognized as The Energy University – the leader for energy related education, research and innovation.
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Houston University's Falcon in Pipeline Leak Solution - Click here to read this article Houston University's Falcon in Pipeline Leak Solution

By Saab Seaeye

Called SmartTouch, the solution involves integrating innovative robotic manipulator controls into the Falcon that provide multiple stress wave sensors for touch-based inspection of bolted joints, along with the latest structural health monitoring and inspection technologies. Video cameras and scanning sonars are also integrated into the system.
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Big Oil Responds To Congressional Scapegoating With Stellar Earning Results - Click here to read this article Big Oil Responds To Congressional Scapegoating With Stellar Earning Results

By Ed Hirs

Congress has laid the blame for carbon emissions at the feet of Big Oil, who continues to post strong financial results amid a global energy crisis. It's clear that voters -- and industry -- want decisive action on climate change, but that action comes with a cost to consumers. In his latest Forbes blog entry, UH Energy Fellow Ed Hirs details how a hard look in the mirror on Capitol Hill can determine who's really at fault, and why it's best to act now instead of paying later.
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Features - October 2021

Impact of Winter Storm Uri on Texas' Petrochemical Industry - Click here to read this article Impact of Winter Storm Uri on Texas' Petrochemical Industry

By Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Victor H. Edwards, Thomas E. Rehm, Julie D. White

During Feb. 14-18, 2021, much of Texas was slammed by Winter Storm Uri, which led to the general failure of electricity and natural gas systems. Texas' independent electric grid managed by ERCOT was four and a half minutes away from complete collapse, which could have crippled the state for several weeks, perhaps many months.
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Kulkarni, Neffati, Purdue Researchers Describe New Methods For Intermetallic Strength - Click here to read this article Kulkarni, Neffati, Purdue Researchers Describe New Methods For Intermetallic Strength

By: Stephen Greenwell

Nobody would want to drive a car made of a very strong material that shatters in a collision, so the design of materials with high strength as well as high ductility – or less brittleness – has been the holy grail of materials science since the beginning of mankind.
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NSF Grant Funds Research By Pan, Fu Into Wireless For AI - Click here to read this article NSF Grant Funds Research By Pan, Fu Into Wireless For AI

By Stephen Greenwell

A pair of researchers from the Cullen College of Engineering have received $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to lower energy consumption and service delay, two key components of federated learning's practical implementation in wireless networks.
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EVolve Houston YouTube Series: How Does EV Technology Work? - Click here to read this article EVolve Houston YouTube Series: How Does EV Technology Work?

By EVolve Houston

UH Energy has partnered with Evolve Houston to become thought leaders in the realm of electrification of society’s transportation needs. Through monthly webinars, we educate our audience through discussion of the opportunities, threats, latest trends, misconceptions and more regarding EVs. Click here to tap into the conversation.
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UH Energy TribFest Panel: A Sustainable Energy Transition - Click here to read this article UH Energy TribFest Panel: A Sustainable Energy Transition

By UH Energy

The energy transition means that changes abound, and they must ensure affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy. During the Texas Tribune’s TribFest, UH Energy held a special edition of the UH Critical Issues in Energy Symposium, A Sustainable Energy Transition, where we will examined what a sustainable energy transition required. Click here to check out this pivotal dialogue on one of the most important issues facing our society.
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Features - September 2021

Carbon Capture Utilization Storage: Executive Education Opportunity - Click here to read this article Carbon Capture Utilization Storage: Executive Education Opportunity

By McKenzie Ganders

The University of Houston is a key player in preparing the future workforce for the energy industry. New skills, knowledge, insights and capabilities are required to be successful in the new energy world that is in transition to a lower carbon future. Making it happen and doing it sustainably is the key.
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Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Elizabeth Killinger - Click here to read this article Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Elizabeth Killinger

By: McKenzie Ganders

The University of Houston prides itself on being a powerhouse of innovation, and Elizabeth Killinger is applying that same mindset to her walk of life. Since graduating from UH in 1991, Killinger has turned her attention to being a leader in the quest of reforming the energy industry.
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Bauer Dean Awarded National Science Foundation Grant - Click here to read this article Bauer Dean Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

By Julie Bonnin

C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, Texas A&M University, and Temple University are partnering in this research, titled “Advanced Learning for Energy Risk Tracking,” (ALERT), which is designed to prevent and mitigate costly and potentially devastating electricity outages such as the 2021 winter storm that caused billions of dollars of damage and the loss of over 100 lives in Texas.
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The Hydrogen Economy: Capstone Project Winners - Click here to read this article The Hydrogen Economy: Capstone Project Winners

By Alan Rossiter

We recently completed the first cohort of our new micro-credential program, The Hydrogen Economy. The culmination of the program was the capstone project. This involved developing and defending a business plan for start-up and commercialization of a clean hydrogen venture, demonstrating knowledge of the principles taught in the course.
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Features - August 2021

Geology Graduate Wins 2021 AAPG Jules Braunstein Memorial Award - Click here to read this article Geology Graduate Wins 2021 AAPG Jules Braunstein Memorial Award

By Rebeca Trejo

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists awarded the University of Houston’s Michael Fonseca, Lori Hathon and Tom Lapen the Jules Braunstein Memorial Award. It recognizes the best poster session paper presented at the association’s Annual Convention and Exhibition the previous year.
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AMPing Up Delivery of Superconducting Wires - Click here to read this article AMPing Up Delivery of Superconducting Wires

By: Laurie Fickman

Superconductivity, where electrical resistance vanishes, remains a technology that both powers science and mystifies scientists. It charges MRI scanners, enables new drug discovery through advanced spectroscopy machines, and is used to create the kind of powerful magnets that help smash atoms as scientists work to uncover how the universe is made and how it works.
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Understanding the ERCOT Grid Failure - Click here to read this article Understanding the ERCOT Grid Failure

By Cory Thaxton

Winter Storm Uri caused chaos all over the state of Texas. Houston, and its surrounding cities, saw the worst of it. Hundreds of people lost their lives and there are billions of dollars worth of damages. Still, neither Houston nor the state knows the full impact that the February 2021 winter storm and the resulting grid failure will have on the economy.
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How Power Flows To Your Houston Home — And Why It Failed To Do So During The Winter Freeze - Click here to read this article How Power Flows To Your Houston Home — And Why It Failed To Do So During The Winter Freeze

By Kyra Buckley

The deadly winter freeze gave many Texans a glimpse into how complicated – and in many ways, vulnerable – the state’s electricity system is. Half a year later many Houstonians are still figuring out what parts of that system actually failed.
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Features - July 2021

Lars Grabow - Engineering Dynamic Solutions - Click here to read this article Lars Grabow - Engineering Dynamic Solutions

By Nicole Johnson

Distinguished researcher and chemistry professor Lars Grabow is about to change the game. Having received significant financial backing from the U.S. Department of Energy, Grabow is working to revolutionize processes within the carbon fiber industry, leading to more cost-effective and safer products for us. Here’s how.
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Huang's Industrial Expertise Joining Cullen College Of Engineering - Click here to read this article Huang's Industrial Expertise Joining Cullen College Of Engineering

By: Stephen Greenwell

With decades of expertise in aviation industry and electrification, Dr. Hao Huang joins the Cullen College of Engineering as its newest faculty member. Huang is tasked with preparing the next generation of UH Engineering students for the next revolution in aerospace – a challenge he’s more than ready to undertake.
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John Hofmeister: A Visionary Who Called For A More Inclusive, Less Insular Energy Industry - Click here to read this article John Hofmeister: A Visionary Who Called For A More Inclusive, Less Insular Energy Industry

By Loren Steffy

A pragmatic and unique thinker, the late John Hofmeister became one of Houston’s top energy and business leaders thanks to unconventional yet thought-provoking insight into the industry. Here, UH Energy Scholar Loren Steffy pens a heartfelt recollection of Hofmeister’s impact on the energy world as an executive and visionary.
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Subsurface Geophysics is Key to Geological Carbon Dioxide Storage - Click here to read this article Subsurface Geophysics is Key to Geological Carbon Dioxide Storage

By Nicole Johnson

The date is set. According to not only the Paris Agreement but also with support from the city of Houston, 196 participating countries – including the United States, must meet a net-zero carbon emission goal by 2050. With Houston already the energy capital of the world, it is no surprise that the city is positioning itself as the up-and-coming carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) hub of the U.S. Reaching the target means not only pushing green energy, but also supporting more energy efficient, sustainable and environmentally conscious fossil fuels.
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Hobby School Accolades - Click here to read this article Hobby School Accolades

By The Hobby School of Public Affairs

Center for Public Policy Director Pablo Pinto, Promoted to Full Professor. Pinto started with the Hobby School in 2017 after serving as associate professor in the UH Department of Political Science since 2014, and as associate professor of political science at Columbia University in New York City, which he joined in 2004.
Senior Director Renée Cross receives League of Women Voters-Houston Award. Her contributions to Texas and Houston politics, civic engagement, public service and mentoring the next generation of community leaders are the Hobby School’s Renée Cross’ lasting legacy.
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Features - June | July 2021

Reliability and the Texas Power Grid in the Aftermath of Winter Storm Uri Reliability and the Texas Power Grid in the Aftermath of Winter Storm Uri

By Gail Buttorff, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Pablo M. Pinto, Sunny M.C. Wong

During the third week of February, Winter Storm Uri brought freezing temperatures to the state of Texas. Unprepared and unequipped to handle the extreme weather, power generators failed to meet the higher demand from Texans trying to keep warm.
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Climate Change and Carbon Management: Has the US Transcended Partisanship? Climate Change and Carbon Management: Has the US Transcended Partisanship?

By Gail Buttorff, Francisco Cantu, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Pablo M. Pinto

As scientific evidence quantified the increased rate of climate change in the last 50 years, this poignant topic pushed to the forefront of political policy and subsequently emerged as a source of partisan dissent in the U.S. Original questions pertaining to the validity of climate change are no longer under scrutiny, but instead transitioned to what can be done to mitigate climate change.
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Looking Objectively at Energy Solutions Looking Objectively at Energy Solutions

By Sarah F. Hill

The Texas grid outage of 2021 prompted many difficult questions. Why did Texas lose power, and why for so long? Were we not prepared? Were greedy market participants trying to make money in the wake of unfortunate circumstances? And perhaps most importantly, would this happen again? Looming over these uncertain times is the question of whether or not we can transition to a future with a smaller carbon footprint. Our region is positioned as a leader in this quest for cleaner, more efficient and environmental-friendly energy going forward.
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2021 Energy Career Fair 2021 Energy Career Fair

By UH Energy, The Energy Coalition and University Career Services

Whether you’re a decision maker or one of the top up-and-coming talents within the Energy Capital of the World, the UH Energy Career Fair is your chance to make your mark on the future. A collaboration between UH Energy, the UH Energy Coalition and University Career Services, this event brings together the movers and shakers of the energy industry – fossil fuels, nuclear power, non-profits or anything in between – with some of the Powerhouse’s sharpest young minds to further grow the industry. With a wide variety of participating organizations, students from all majors are invited to attend the career fair to network toward exceptional opportunities within the energy sector. Register today!
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Features - February 2021

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage – Lynchpin for the Energy Transition White Paper Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage – Lynchpin for the Energy Transition White Paper

By UH Energy in collaboration with the Gutierrez Energy Management Institute and the Center for Houston’s Future

The energy transition will require a number of new technologies, none more critical than the broad commercial deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage, or CCUS. The ability to decarbonize the existing energy value chains in the oil and gas, petrochemical and electric power industries is essential both to immediately impact emissions and to create a commercially sound pathway to a sustainable energy future.
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Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Clay Neff Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Clay Neff

By Janet Miranda

Clay Neff, president of Chevron Middle East, Africa, South America Exploration and Production, sat down with UH Energy for a conversation about his start in the energy industry, his role on the Energy Advisory Board and his advice for students who want to join the energy sector during difficult times for the industry.
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Forbes Blog - Renewables Debate Is Just A Sideshow Amid Epic Texas Power Failure Forbes Blog - Renewables Debate Is Just A Sideshow Amid Epic Texas Power Failure

By Emily Pickrell

Just like there are no atheists in foxholes, it is doubtful that many Texans pride themselves on anti-federalism in a house that’s lost heat and electricity when it’s 4 degrees outside. Rick Perry, former U.S. energy secretary and ex-governor of Texas, prides himself on exactly that.
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New Catalyst Moves Seawater Desalination, Hydrogen Production Closer to Commercialization New Catalyst Moves Seawater Desalination, Hydrogen Production Closer to Commercialization

By Jeannie Kever

Seawater makes up about 96% of all water on earth, making it a tempting resource to meet the world’s growing need for clean drinking water and carbon-free energy. And scientists already have the technical ability to both desalinate seawater and split it to produce hydrogen, which is in demand as a source of clean energy.
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Features - January 2021

Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Keith Mosing Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Keith Mosing

By Janet Miranda

Keith Mosing is currently the Chairman, CEO and President of the Mosing Group as well the owner and CEO of Katy Nissan. Mosing Group previously owned Western Airways, Inc. where he was the Chairman and CEO.
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University of Houston Receives Licensing Executive Society’s 2020 Deal of Distinction in CEEM Sector University of Houston Receives Licensing Executive Society’s 2020 Deal of Distinction in CEEM Sector

By Rebeca Trejo

The University of Houston’s Low Frequency Seismic Technologies Consortium was awarded the Licensing Executive Society’s 2020 Deal of Distinction in the Chemicals, Energy, Environment, and Materials Sector.
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Forbes Blog - Oil And Gas Industry Must Get Serious About Climate Change To Compete For Millennial And Gen Z Workforce Forbes Blog - Oil And Gas Industry Must Get Serious About Climate Change To Compete For Millennial And Gen Z Workforce

By Emily Pickrell

Younger Americans are the most adamant about their belief that climate change is real. More than 87% of those between 30 and 45 acknowledge that climate change is happening, according to a recent survey conducted by the University of Houston, almost 10 points higher than for people who are 45 and older.
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Forbes Blog - Carbon Management In 2021 Forbes Blog - Carbon Management In 2021

By Emily Pickrell

If 2020 marked the year that the U.S. formally left the Paris Agreement, 2021 could well be the year it starts to get serious about climate action. The time is ripe: an international pandemic has raised awareness about our independency, while incoming President Joe Biden has called climate change action a top priority.
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Features - December 2020

Energy Advisory Board Spotlight - Greg Leveille Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Greg Leveille

By Janet Miranda

Greg Leveille, chief technology officer for ConocoPhillips, sat down with UH Energy for a conversation about his start in the energy industry, his role on the Energy Advisory Board and his advice for students.
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Subsea Systems Institute Receives $9.5 Million for Research, Economic Development Subsea Systems Institute Receives $9.5 Million for Research, Economic Development

By Jeannie Kever

A national research center focused on offshore energy has received $9.5 million for workforce training and to develop new technologies and practices that can improve the safety and sustainability of the offshore industry.
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Discoveries Highlight New Possibilities for Magnesium Batteries Discoveries Highlight New Possibilities for Magnesium Batteries

By Jeannie Kever

Magnesium batteries have long been considered a potentially safer and less expensive alternative to lithium-ion batteries, but previous versions have been severely limited in the power they delivered.
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Features - October 2020

Energy Advisory Board Spotlight - Andy Krieger Energy Advisory Board Spotlight - Andy Krieger

By Janet Miranda

Andy Krieger, senior vice president of wells for BP Global Wells Organization, sat down with UH Energy for a conversation about his start in the energy industry, his role on the Energy Advisory Board and his advice for students.
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UH Law and Center for Carbon Management in Energy Create Summer Fellowship Program UH Law and Center for Carbon Management in Energy Create Summer Fellowship Program

By Janet Miranda

A group of six law students and recent UH graduates participated in a six-week summer fellowship, where they researched various topics in energy law for the Center for Carbon Management in Energy.
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Professor of Subsea Engineering Recognized as Distinguished Member by Society of Petroleum Engineers Professor of Subsea Engineering Recognized as Distinguished Member by Society of Petroleum Engineers

By Janet Miranda

The Society of Petroleum Engineers recently named Phaneendra Kondapi, a professor of subsea engineering, assistant dean of engineering programs at UH Katy and former director of Subsea Engineering, as a Distinguished Member. The accolade is the second-highest distinction offered by the society, recognizing members who have made significant contributions to the industry.
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UH researchers asked to provide second opinion to Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem UH researchers asked to provide second opinion to Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem

By Janet Miranda

A team of University of Houston geophysicists analyzed subsidence and seismic activity in and around the Brazilian coastal city of Maceió as part of a project for Braskem, a major petrochemical company in the South American nation.
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UH Announces Funding for Carbon Management Projects UH Announces Funding for Carbon Management Projects

By Janet Miranda

The Center for Carbon Management in Energy at the University of Houston has awarded $275,000 in research funding for projects focused on carbon management and the energy transition. The projects cover a range of projects, from converting carbon to fuel and other useful products to a proposed new wireless monitoring system for carbon capture storage.
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Features - August 2020

Energy Coalition Spotlight: Chair Makpal Sariyeva Highlights Initiatives for New Academic Year Energy Coalition Spotlight: Chair Makpal Sariyeva Highlights Initiatives for New Academic Year

By Janet Miranda

The Energy Coalition welcomes a new board of student directors. Chair Makpal Sariyeva shares her vision for the new academic year amid COVID-19 and other industry challenges.
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Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Kevin Mitchell Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Kevin Mitchell

By Janet Miranda

Kevin Mitchell, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Phillips 66, sat down with UH Energy for a conversation about his start in the energy industry, his role on the Energy Advisory Board and his advice for students who want to join the energy sector during difficult times for the industry.
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Summer Research Opportunities for Students Promise Great Impact for Low Carbon Energy Summer Research Opportunities for Students Promise Great Impact for Low Carbon Energy

By Janet Miranda

UH Energy and C.T. Bauer College of Business along with the Center for Houston’s Future has teamed up to create new research initiatives for students this summer amid the COVID-19 internship cancellations. The new low carbon energy research aims to provide a framework for the necessary infrastructure for implementation.
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Features - July 2020

UH Society of Petroleum Engineers Wins Student Chapter Excellence Award UH Society of Petroleum Engineers Wins Student Chapter Excellence Award

By Janet Miranda

The University of Houston chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers won its first Student Chapter Excellence Award for the 2019-20 academic year. The 34-member board coordinated and planned an ambitious student involvement strategy, which yielded 86 successful events and six awards.
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Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Alex Juden Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Alex Juden

By Janet Miranda

Alex Juden, secretary and general counsel at Schlumberger Limited, sat down with UH Energy for a conversation about his start in the energy industry, his role on the Energy Advisory Board and his advice for students who want to join the energy sector during difficult times for the industry.
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A Roadmap to Better Multivalent Batteries A Roadmap to Better Multivalent Batteries

By Jeannie Kever

Lithium-ion batteries are recognized for their high energy density in everything from mobile phones to laptop computers and electric vehicles, but as the need for grid-scale energy storage and other applications becomes more pressing, researchers have sought less expensive and more readily available alternatives to lithium.
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Features - June 2020

Return to Work at the Office? Energy Workers Say 'Not So Fast' Return to Work at the Office? Energy Workers Say 'Not So Fast'

By Jeannie Kever

As Texas and other states begin to reopen retail and other businesses, workers who have been working from home – for some, for seven weeks or longer – face the prospect of returning to corporate offices and business workplaces. A study of the energy workforce released Thursday found that more than 70% of workers prefer to continue working remotely.
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Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Joseph Mills Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Joseph Mills

By Janet Miranda

Joseph Mills, president and chief executive officer of Samson Resources II, LLC, sat down with UH Energy for a conversation about the outlook for the energy industry, his role on the Energy Advisory Board, and his tips for students who want to join the energy sector during the downturn.
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Petroleum Engineering Alum Named As One Of TWA's Energy Influencers Petroleum Engineering Alum Named As One Of TWA's Energy Influencers

By Stephen Greenwell

Dr. Pushpesh Sharma, a May 2019 graduate from the University of Houston's chemical engineering and petroleum engineering programs, has earned distinction for his work as a doctoral student and with the start-up Inveniam Asset Management by being named one of The Way Ahead's 2020 Energy Influencers.
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New Material, Modeling Methods Promise Advances in Energy Storage New Material, Modeling Methods Promise Advances in Energy Storage

By Jeannie Kever

The explosion of mobile electronic devices, electric vehicles, drones and other technologies have driven demand for new lightweight materials that can provide the power to operate them. Researchers from the University of Houston and Texas A&M University have reported a structural supercapacitor electrode made from reduced graphene oxide and aramid nanofiber that is stronger and more versatile than conventional carbon-based electrodes.
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TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy Empowers Incoming UH STEM Majors TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy Empowers Incoming UH STEM Majors

By Kathy Major

The University of Houston is proud to announce a partnership between TC Energy and the University of Houston’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) to help high school students interested in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) majors prepare for the transition to college.
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Features - May 2020

UH Energy offers new Engineering Ethics 2020 Online Course UH Energy offers new Engineering Ethics 2020 Online Course

By Alan Rossiter

The Consortium for Energy Corporate Social Responsibility (CECSR) hosted a daylong workshop on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, known as ESG in the energy sector. The workshop featured ESG energy experts, panels and workshop case studies exploring how to navigate this new arena.
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Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Scott Nyquist Energy Advisory Board Spotlight: Scott Nyquist

By Janet Miranda

Scott Nyquist, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, sat down with UH Energy for a conversation about his career in the energy world, his role on the Energy Advisory Board, and the future of the energy industry for students interested in pursuing an energy career.
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UH Engineer Honored For Work in Crystal Engineering UH Engineer Honored For Work in Crystal Engineering

By Jeannie Kever

An engineer from the University of Houston has received the state’s top honor in engineering for his pioneering discoveries about how crystals form and how they can be dissolved. Jeffrey Rimer, Abraham E. Dukler Professor of Chemical Engineering at UH, has received the 2020 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Engineering from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, known as TAMEST.
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University of Houston’s Center for Carbon Management in Energy Introduces Webinar Series University of Houston’s Center for Carbon Management in Energy Introduces Webinar Series

By Janet Miranda

The University of Houston’s Center for Carbon Management in Energy (CCME) announced its webinar series, which began April 2, to address key topical areas and issues facing the energy industry during this unprecedented time. The six-part series ended in early May and was designed to continue communication and interaction with the energy industry. Topics ranged from legal and business policy to transformative technologies, along with the impact the coronavirus has had on the energy industry.
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UH Energy hosts webinar for students about navigating the future energy industry UH Energy hosts webinar for students about navigating the future energy industry

By Janet Miranda

UH Energy hosted a student-focused webinar on the current outlook for the energy industry and provided tips for students who want to enter the industry. The webinar, "Future Energy Outlook and Desired Workforce Skillsets for Students," was livestreamed and included energy experts who provided advice and answered questions. The panel included Scott Nyquist, director and senior partner at McKinsey & Company; Bill Maloney, director of Trident Energy and energy advisor for Warburg Pincus; and Cindy Yeilding, senior vice president at BP.
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Features - April 2020

The Consortium for Energy Corporate Social Responsibility Hosts ESG workshop The Consortium for Energy Corporate Social Responsibility Hosts ESG workshop

By Janet Miranda

The Consortium for Energy Corporate Social Responsibility (CECSR) hosted a daylong workshop on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, known as ESG in the energy sector. The workshop featured ESG energy experts, panels and workshop case studies exploring how to navigate this new arena.
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Energy summer course ready to enroll students amid remote academic instruction for summer session Energy summer course ready to enroll students amid remote academic instruction for summer session

By Janet Miranda

“Energy, Society and the Middle East” is a 4-week online course that blends social sciences with technical concepts, providing technical students with a cultural context while exploring the future of the region. The course, taught by associate professor and Middle Eastern Studies program director Emran El-Badawi, has begun enrollment for the upcoming 2020 summer session II, amid the move to remote instruction due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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UH Team Places Second in 2020 Gulf Coast Section of AAPG’s Imperial Barrel Award Competition UH Team Places Second in 2020 Gulf Coast Section of AAPG’s Imperial Barrel Award Competition

By Jeannie Kever

Under the leadership of team captain Maddie Bishop, the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences’ Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) team placed second at the annual American Association of Petroleum Geologists IBA Competition for the Gulf Coast Section. The five-member team consisted of graduate students in geology and geophysics, including Bishop (M.S.), Mei Liu (Ph.D.), Michael Fonseca (M.S.), Ben Miller (M.S.) and senior undergraduate student Brook Runyon.
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Energy Advisory Board Spotlight - William Maloney Energy Advisory Board Spotlight - William Maloney

By Janet Miranda

William “Bill” Maloney is on the board of directors of Trident Energy, ATX Energy and serves as an energy advisor to Warburg Pincus. Before that, he was executive vice president at Equinor, which was then known as Statoil, retiring in 2015. In that capacity he played a key role on Statoil’s Corporate Executive Committee, leading business area development and production in North America.
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Features - February 2020

Law Center Student Wins International Energy Law Writing Competition Law Center Student Wins International Energy Law Writing Competition

By Janet Miranda

Megan Rollag, a third-year UH Law Center (UHLC) student, won top honors in the 2019-2020 Association of International Petroleum Negotiators Writing Competition. Her paper titled, “Future of Cross-Border Pipeline Projects in AMLO’s Mexico: What’s the Risk” is about the multifaceted nature of $1 billion international investment projects in the oil and gas industry.
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UH Hosts Congressional Hearing About the Future of Carbon Capture Research UH Hosts Congressional Hearing About the Future of Carbon Capture Research

By Janet Miranda

On Nov. 22nd the University of Houston hosted the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space & Technology for a field hearing on future research and development on carbon capture, utilization and storage. The hearing was held at the Hilton University of Houston.
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Can Mindfulness Keep Offshore Energy Workers Safe? Can Mindfulness Keep Offshore Energy Workers Safe?

By Jeannie Kever

The Consortium for Energy Corporate Social Responsibility (CECSR) at the University of Houston (UH) will host a day long workshop on Environment, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) as applied to the different sectors of the energy industry on February 27, 2020.
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Energy Advisory Board Spotlight - David Ramm Energy Advisory Board Spotlight - David Ramm

By Janet Miranda

David Ramm currently serves as the, and chairman and CEO of BrightSource Energy Inc., a leading provider of concentrating solar thermal technology and managing partner of Dymar Development LLC, a Houston-based energy development and consulting company.
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Features - January 2020

Inside Research: Taking Robotics to a New Frontier Inside Research: Taking Robotics to a New Frontier

By Janet Miranda

Aaron Becker, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Robotic Swarm Control Lab talks to UH Energy about his research involving underwater robotics in subsea environments.
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Geophysics Students Organize Exploration Software Bootcamp Geophysics Students Organize Exploration Software Bootcamp

By Rebeca Trejo

The SEG Wavelets is the student chapter of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists at the University of Houston. The group organized a software bootcamp that brought in professionals from companies Schlumberger and StructureSolver to teach the class for students.
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Navigating the Ever-Changing World of ESG in the Energy Industry Navigating the Ever-Changing World of ESG in the Energy Industry

By The Consortium for Energy Corporate Social Responsibility (CECSR)

The Consortium for Energy Corporate Social Responsibility (CECSR) at the University of Houston (UH) will host a day long workshop on Environment, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) as applied to the different sectors of the energy industry on February 27, 2020.
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