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USAEE Distinguished Lecturer Series (DLS)


The USAEE Distinguished Lecturer Series (DLS) assists in obtaining outstanding speakers and industry recognized subject matter experts to present on topics consistent with the USAEE mission of providing a broader understanding of energy economics, policy making and theory.

The DLS assists in providing outstanding speakers to facilitate the creation of new USAEE Chapters, revitalize existing Chapters and conduct USAEE sponsored online media videos and interviews. The DLS also reinforces the connection of members to the national USAEE organization and provides a "national face" to members not located near an existing Chapter.

Further, the DLS serves as a “goodwill ambassador” of the USAEE to relevant outside professional organizations and events by providing outstanding speakers to facilitate a broader understanding of energy and current events.

Guiding Principles

The DLS disseminates information about the latest energy market trends and applied economic analysis from peer-nominated thought leaders and recognized experts in their field who are known to be capable speakers.

DLS participants commit to present information and analyses that are timely, relevant, non-advocacy, and non-advertising. DLS presentations should be consistent with USAEE mission and objectives.

USAEE membership is desired but not required of DLS participants. DLS participants who hold USAEE membership or have spoken at USAEE conferences and/or other similar international professional association events will be given preference over those who have not.

The USAEE Business Committee will select topics, participants and locations from peer-nominated individuals.

Nomination Process

Speakers are peer-nominated. To nominate a colleague, complete the Nomination Form by clicking here between September and January of each year.

We ask that the nominator ask the nominee’s acceptance of being a USAEE DLS lecturer before completion of the form in its entirety. Once the form is completed both the nominee and nominator will receive confirmation that the form has been received.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dave Williams at usaee@usaee.org

USAEE Distinguished Lecturers


Guy Caruso, Senior Advisor, CSIS - Energy Security and Geopolitics, Energy Modelling
Russell Gold, Senior Energy Writer, Wall Street Journal - Petroleum, Natural Gas, Renewables, Energy and the Environment, Energy and the Economy


Peter Hartley, George & Cynthia Mitchell Professor of Economics, Rice Scholar in Energy Studies at Rice University - Natural Gas, Electricity, Energy Security and Geopolitics
Amy Myers Jaffe, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and The Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate change, Council On Foreign Relations - Petroleum, Natural Gas


Mine Yucel, Senior Vice President & Research Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Petroleum, Natural Gas, Unconventional Fossil Fuels, Energy and the Economy and Energy Security and Geopolitics
Andrew Slaughter, Executive Director, Deloitte Services LP – Petroleum, Natural Gas and Energy and the Environment


Guy Caruso, Senior Advisor, CSIS - Energy Security and Geopolitics, Energy Modelling
Kevin Forbes, Associate Professor, Catholic University of America - Renewable Energy and its Integration with Energy Markets, Electricity Policy and Regulation Matters


Dong Fu, ExxonMobil Corporation – ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040
Benjamin Schlesinger, BSA & Associates - Natural Gas Markets, Shale, LNG and Alternate Fuel Vehicles


Todd Onderdonk, ExxonMobil Corporation - ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040
Surya Rajan, Baker Hughes - International Shale Development - Prospects and Challenges