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UH President Appoints Energy Advisory Board

Underscoring the University of Houston’s commitment to energy-related research, innovation and solutions, UH President Renu Khator has named 10 global industry leaders to her newly formed UH Energy Advisory Board.

“Our board is made up of acknowledged leaders in the fields of energy development, management and implementation,” Khator said. “I am delighted that they support UH’s efforts to address the diverse research and workforce needs of the energy industry. UH is poised to become ‘The Energy University,’ and the guidance of our board members in achieving that goal is invaluable.”

The advisory board, which will meet quarterly, will be tasked with strategic planning and external coordination. Its next meeting is set for Oct. 28. The members include:   

  • Tim Cejka, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company;
  • John W. Gibson Jr., president and chief executive officer of Paradigm;
  • John Hofmeister, chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership Energy Collaborative and founder and chief executive officer of Citizens for Affordable Energy;
  • Ryan Lance, senior vice president of international exploration and production for ConocoPhillips;
  • David M. McClanahan, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy Inc.;
  • Lamar McKay, chairman and president of BP America Inc.;
  • Marvin E. Odum, president of Shell Oil Company and director of Royal Dutch Shell;
  • H. David Ramm, partner of DKRW Energy LLC;
  • Corbin J. Robertson Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Natural Resource Partners; and
  • Bruce Williamson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dynegy Inc.

Formation of the advisory board is the latest step in a series laid out in Khator’s UH Energy Initiative, which aims to capitalize on the region’s and the university’s strategic interests and strengths. Involvement in energy-related initiatives spans virtually every UH college and includes faculty in nearly one dozen disciplines.


July 16, 2009 at 4:21 am Leave a comment

Crossover of medicine and energy

Pumps & Pipes Conference, Dec. 8, 2008, Houston

Pumps & Pipes is a unique collaborative effort between two of the nation’s largest industries – medicine and energy. Much like moving oil through a pipeline, the heart must pump blood through the body. Both need clean, well-functioning pipes (or blood vessels).  Both need to prevent blockages of those pipes.  Both must function with incredible efficiency.  Both are crucial to our nation’s economy and future.  However only in Texas could we do this, home to the world’s largest medical center and home base to the world’s top energy companies. 

The goal of the Pumps & Pipes conference on Dec. 8, 2008, in Houston, is to stimulate discussion, spark ideas and share new technologies between these industries that face similar challenges, even if on a very different scale. Hosts are the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, ExxonMobil and the University of Houston. 

Talks will focus on the use of robots in pipelines and in medicine, well imaging vs. intravascular imaging, membranes and filters, the use of nanotechnology across both industries, as well as other topics with potential crossover. The audience includes imaging specialists, computer scientists, researchers from medical device manufacturers, physicists and engineers from academia; geologists, physicists and researchers from the oil and gas industry; and vascular biologists, researchers and clinicians specializing in cardiovascular disease.

Program Directors:
Alan B. Lumsden, MD, Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, The Methodist Hospital and the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

Bill E. Kline, PhD, Manager of Wells and Materials Division, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Ioannis Kakadiaris, PhD, Eckhard Pfeiffer Professor, University of Houston

November 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

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