27th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference - September 16-19, 2007
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C. Stephen Allred

C. Stephen Allred was confirmed by the United States Senate as the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management on September 30, 2006. Steve retired as the Director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality on June 30, 2004, after a career which included over 40 years of public and corporate experience. He was appointed to this position by Governor Dirk Kempthorne in July 2000, having served as administrator of the Division of Environmental Quality from January 1999 until it became a state department.

As Director, he was responsible for leading efforts to preserve the quality of Idaho’s air, land, and water for use and enjoyment today and in the future. He was named one of Governing magazine’s Public Officials of the Year in 2001 for his success in transforming DEQ into a more efficient and well-respected agency. While at DEQ, Mr. Allred served at the request of the Governor on a number of state commissions.

An Idaho native, Mr. Allred earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Engineering and Master of Science Degree in Water Resource Engineering from the University of Idaho. He now serves as a member of his alma mater’s Dean’s Advisory Board, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Board, and Idaho Research Foundation, Inc.

After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree, Mr. Allred worked as a civil engineer for the California Department of Water Resources, where his responsibilities included environmental project management. In 1967, after earning his Master’s Degree, he served in various positions within the Idaho Department of Water Resources and its predecessor agencies before becoming its director, a position he held until 1981.

For the next 17 years, he was employed with Morrison-Knudsen Corporation. His responsibilities included marketing, planning, scheduling, and managing complex engineering and construction projects ranging from mining and heavy construction to industrial and environmental activities. As president of Morrison-Knudsen’s Environmental and Government Services Group, Mr. Allred was responsible for executive management, profit and loss, sales and marketing, and operating activities.



Carlo Andrea Bollino

Carlo Andrea Bollino is President of IAEE, International Association for Energy Economics for 2008, Vice President of AIEE, Italian Association for Energy Economics since 2001 and Vice President of Energy Foundation since 2005.

Mr. Bollino is Full Professor of Economics, University of Perugia since 1998, President of Economic Research Committee since 2006, Professor of Energy Economics, University LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, where he has also taught Econometrics.

He is currently Chairman of GSE, – Electric Service System Operator, Italy; Member of the Directive Council of the WEC Italian Committee and Member of OME’s General Assembly, Member of the Board for the Internationalization of the Faculty of Economics of the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO and Professor at the High School for Public Administration and High School for Economy and Finance, Minister of Treasury of Italy.

He has been Chairman of GRTN, Italian Independent System Operator, for two years, Advisor to the President of CNEL, Consiglio Nazionale dell’Economia e del Lavoro, Member of the Board, International Management Institute of St. Petersburg, Economic Chief Economist, ENI, Member of OECD Financial Statistics Committee, Economist in the Research Department of Banca d’Italia, Research Associate, Project Link for the United Nations.

He is a graduate of University Bocconi, Milan, in Economics and holds Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1983, with Nobel Winner Prof. Lawrence Klein and a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship.



Steven L. Bryant

Steven Bryant is associate professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He directs the Geological CO2 Storage Joint Industry Project at UT-Austin, where his group developed the “inject low and let rise” strategy for secure long-term storage that was included in the IPCC Special Report on Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage. Bryant is regularly invited to discuss threats and opportunities for the oil and gas industry in CO2 sequestration (API Workshop on Voluntary Action by Oil and Gas Industry; 54th Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute; National Petroleum Council Hard Truths about Energy; Distinguished Author Series in Journal of Petroleum Technology.) Bryant is Principal Investigator on a project funded by the CO2 Capture Project 2 to develop a certification framework for geologic CO2 storage, and serves on the planning committee for the UT Law School’s recurring Conference on Carbon and Climate Change.

At UT-Austin Bryant holds the J. H. Herring Centennial Professorship in Petroleum Engineering and the George H. Fancher Centennial Teaching Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering. He earned degrees in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt (B.E.) and from UT-Austin (Ph.D). He worked in industry research centers at BP and at ENI for a decade before taking a research scientist position at Rice University, then joining UT-Austin in 2002. Bryant’s research interests range from grain-scale models of geologic processes to the role of methane hydrates in the Earth’s carbon cycle. He has published more than sixty papers and one textbook with applications in production engineering, reservoir engineering and formation evaluation. He served as Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2001-2.



Brandi Colander

Brandi Colander is an Attorney with NRDC's Air and Energy group. Her expertise is in the area of state energy policy, focusing on utility regulation; energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Prior to joining NRDC, Brandi worked as an Associate with McCarter & English, LLP in their environmental and general litigation practice groups and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation where she was a Program Officer. She is a graduate of Vermont Law School and holds a master's degree in environmental management from Yale University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.



Robert Cornelius

Robert Cornelius, Senior Vice President of Operations joined us in September 2006. Before joining Denbury, he was employed with J.M. Huber Corporation for 24 years in various positions, of which the last 10 years he was Vice President Mid-Continent Operations with responsibilities for operations, asset acquisitions, property development and exploitation. Prior to J.M. Huber Corporation, Mr. Cornelius was employed by Cities Service Company for 5 years in various operations, production and reservoir engineering positions. Mr. Cornelius received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas in 1977.



Tom Darden III

Tom Darden is the Director of Make It Right. Mr. Darden received a B.A. with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then worked as a development consultant in Washington, D.C., evaluating former manufacturing and mining sites in the D.C. metropolitan market, including the site of the discovery of the largest dinosaur bone unearthed on the east coast of North America. Darden focused efforts on reclaiming the mine while establishing a conservation easement in order to preserve the archeologically significant site. In 2003, he joined a startup wireless telecommunications firm in Raleigh, N.C., which he helped grow from five employees to over twenty-five in two years. Darden left in 2005 to found Arbor Equity, a real estate firm committed to sustainable development. Mr. Darden has relocated to New Orleans to oversee the Make It Right project.



David E. Dismukes

David E. Dismukes is a Professor, Associate Executive Director, and Director of Policy Analysis at the Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University. His research interests are related to the analysis of economic, statistical, and public policy issues in energy and regulated industries. Over the past 20 years, he has worked in consulting, academia, and government service.

David has been on the LSU faculty for over 13 years and since that time has led a number of the Center’s research efforts on topics associated with most all aspects of the energy industry. He speaks regularly to professional, trade, and civic associations on important energy issues, trends, and topics.

Dr. Dismukes received his M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from the Florida State University.



Brent W. Dorsey

Mr. Dorsey is a thirty-one year veteran of the utility industry. As Director of Corporate Environmental Programs for Entergy, he is responsible for the development and stewardship of top level corporate environmental policies and programs, related to climate change, governance, sustainability and regulatory policy. Entergy has been selected by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the past five years, named “Best-in-Class” by Carbon Disclosure Project for the past three years, and was invited for membership to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Mr. Dorsey represented Entergy as a member of the stakeholder panel on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the Northeast U.S. During his career, Mr. Dorsey’s accomplishments include the acquisition of five merchant nuclear power plants, project development, power marketing and trading, and various planning roles. Mr. Dorsey received a B.S. in accounting from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, and an M.B.A. from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. Mr. Dorsey is a member of the Emissions Marketing Association, Beta Gamma Sigma (honorary business), and Sigma Iota Epsilon (honorary management).



Joseph M. Dukert

Joseph M. Dukert, who is President-Elect and a Senior Fellow of USAEE, is an independent energy analyst with special expertise in North America’s energy situation. His latest book, entitled simply Energy, is scheduled for release shortly in the business and economics series of Greenwood Publishers. It deals with the problems of reconciling the potentially conflicting policy goals of adequacy, affordability, reliability, environmental acceptability, and time-deadlines in an increasingly interdependent world.

Dr. Dukert is a Senior Associate (non-resident) with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and he wrote the chapter on North America in the 2007 CSIS book, Energy Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere: Benefits and Impediments. Over many years he has been involved in the development of critical U.S. government documents and reports, including the national energy policies published under a succession of Presidents.

He has been a senior advisor to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation and a consultant to the International Energy Agency. He has lectured at a number of universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well as at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame (magna cum laude); and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.



John C. Felmy

Biography coming.



Richard Fisher

Richard W. Fisher assumed the office of president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on April 4, 2005. In this role, Fisher serves as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve’s principal monetary policymaking group. During 2008, and every third year following, Fisher is a voting member of that committee.

Fisher is former vice chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm chaired by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Fisher began his career in 1975 at the private bank of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he specialized in fixed income and foreign exchange markets. He became assistant to the secretary of the Treasury during the Carter administration, working on issues related to the dollar crisis of 1978–79. He then returned to Brown Brothers to found their Texas operations in Dallas.

In 1987, Fisher created Fisher Capital Management and a separate funds-management firm, Fisher Ewing Partners. Fisher Ewing’s sole fund, Value Partners, earned a compound rate of return of 24 percent per annum during his period as managing partner.

He sold his controlling interests in both firms when he rejoined the government in 1997.

From 1997 to 2001, Fisher was deputy U.S. trade representative with the rank of ambassador. He oversaw the implementation of NAFTA, negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas, and various agreements with Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Chile and Singapore. He was a senior member of the team that negotiated the bilateral accords for China's and Taiwan's accession to the World Trade Organization.

Throughout his career, Fisher has served on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards. He has also maintained his academic interests, teaching graduate courses and serving on several university boards. He was a Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard in 2001, is an honorary fellow of Hertford College at Oxford University, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A first-generation American, Fisher is equally fluent in Spanish and English, having spent his formative years in Mexico. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy (1967–69), graduated with honors from Harvard University in economics (1971), read Latin American politics at Oxford (1972–73) and received an M.B.A. from Stanford University (1975).

In October of 2006, Fisher received the Service to Democracy Award and Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Public Service from the American Assembly.



Eduardo González-Pier

Biography coming.



Wumi Iledare

Omowumi O. Iledare (Wumi) is a professor of petroleum economics and policy research and the director of the Energy Information and Data Division of the Center for Energy Studies. He is also an adjunct professor of petroleum economics at the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana State University, and at the Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Professor Iledare is a visiting professor of petroleum economics at the Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS) at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and at the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Nigeria.

Prior to joining the faculty at LSU Center for Energy Studies, Professor Iledare worked as a petroleum/reservoir engineer for Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria and as a reservoir/production engineer trainee for Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN). He also worked briefly as an energy specialist with the California Energy Commission in Sacramento. Professor Iledare holds B.Sc. degree in petroleum engineering with honors from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, an M.S. in energy resources from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Engineering, and a Ph.D. in mineral and energy resource economics from West Virginia University.

Over the years, Professor Iledare has specialized in oil and gas industry structures and the global oil markets; oil and gas exploration and production economics and policy; the environmental effects of oil and gas exploration and production; taxation and regulation of the oil and gas industry; and refinery and petrochemical economics and policy. He has published several research papers on petroleum economics in conference proceedings of the SPE and USAEE/IAEE and in several trade and academic journals.

Professor Iledare is the 2008 president of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE), the largest affiliate of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and a council member of IAEE. He is also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and has taught short courses on petroleum economics and risk analysis at SPE Conferences organized by the SPE Nigeria Council in Abuja since 1999. He has also conducted petroleum economics and policy seminars and workshops for international and national oil companies.

Professor Iledare is a recipient of many awards in recognition of his distinctive services and professional competence in petroleum economics. Such awards include: USAEE Senior Fellow 2007; SPE Nigeria Council Best Paper Presenter Award, 2007, SPE Nigeria Council recognition award, 2004; USAEE Service Award, 2003; President, Association of Nigerian Petroleum Professionals Abroad (ANPPA), 2002-2004; fifteen-year Service Award, Louisiana State University, 2007; SPE Nigeria Council Distinguish Service Award, 2002.



John W. Jimison

Biography coming.



David H. Knapp

Biography coming.



Shirley Neff

Shirley J. Neff is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines. Prior to joining the Association in November of 2006, Ms. Neff was Adjunct Lecturer and Research Scholar at the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (CEMTPP) in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York and an advisor to Goldwyn International Strategies. Ms. Neff was economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 1993-1996 and from 1999-2003. While on the staff of the Committee, she was responsible for oil and gas policy, international energy security, renewable energy, climate change, and energy tax matters.

In addition to her Senate career she has extensive private and public energy sector experience having been senior Governmental Affairs Director for Royal Dutch Shell and held a similar position at the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. Ms. Neff also serves on the advisory board of the Center for Energy Economics at the Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin. She holds a BS in Economics from Iowa State University and a MS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is a Past President and Senior Fellow of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE).



Patricia A. Outtrim

Ms. Outtrim is responsible for all governmental and regulatory affairs and oversees the Environmental, Health and Safety groups at Cheniere Energy, Inc. She has over 21 years of experience in project management, including site selection and development, hazard/risk assessment, LNG technology research, LNG fuel tank analysis, LNG underground tanks, cost analysis and code compliance research.

Ms. Outtrim has participated in the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) subcommittees for metering and measurement and assisted in structuring indexing for natural gas to other fuels for vehicles. Memberships include SAE, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, National Fire Protection Association (52 57 and 59A).



Fred Palmer

Fred Palmer is Manager of Communications and Government Relations for Shell EP Americas business. In this role, he has responsibility for providing public, social performance, reputation, stakeholder and local government relations’ support for Shell’s exploration and production operations and new business ventures in the US Lower 48 states and Gulf of Mexico. Palmer joined Shell Exploration & Production Company (SEPCo) in April of 2002 and Shell EP Americas was formed in August of 2003. Prior to joining SEPCo, he was Regional Manager of Public and Government Affairs for the Southeast United States with Texaco Inc. He graduated from Salem (Mass.) State College with a degree in political science and held positions of increasing responsibility in the Public and Government Affairs and Corporate Communications Division with Texaco from 1981 to 2001. Palmer is married, has three children and lives in Mandeville, Louisiana.



Brian C. Reinsborough

Brian Reinsborough received his Bachelors Degree from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada and received his Masters Degree from University of Texas at Austin. Brian is also a graduate of Harvard Business School Executive Program.

Brian has 23 years experience in the oil and gas industry employed at Mobil, Amoco and most recently Nexen Petroleum U.S.A. where he joined in 1994. Through his 13-year association with Nexen, Brian has held positions of increasing responsibilities working in South America, SE Asia and Gulf of Mexico. In 1997, Brian transferred to Nexen USA and was responsible for developing and initiating Nexen’s Deepwater Business Plan. In July 2002, Brian was promoted to Vice President of Exploration, and in 2005 he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In November 2007, he was promoted to his current position of President for Nexen Petroleum U.S.A. Inc.



Charles Greer Rossmann

Charles Greer Rossmann is Senior Research Economist in the Research and Environmental Affairs department of Southern Company. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He analyzes the economics of environmental policy and its implementation, especially focusing on prospective CO2 control and electricity generation. He led the economic analysis that supported Southern Company’s 2005 Environmental Assessment Report to Shareholders. He has been with Southern Company since 1998.

He currently serves as Vice President, Conferences of the US Association for Energy Economics. He was a member of the 2003 National Petroleum Council’s Natural Gas Study; he participates in Stanford Energy Modeling Forum climate and energy efficiency studies. He is a member of the American Economics Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Before joining Southern Company he was Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. He graduated from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.



Ben Schlesinger

Dr. Schlesinger, founding president of BSA Inc., is one of North America’s leading independent energy consultants, specializing in gas and electricity marketing, pricing, infrastructure, trading practices, strategic planning, and power plant development worldwide. He has thirty-two years of experience in managing and carrying out engineering/economic analyses of complex energy issues, with particular focus on North American energy commodity movements and pricing, policies and programs. Dr. Schlesinger has advised over 400 clients in the U.S., Canada, and 25 other countries, including the top utility, energy trading and producing, manufacturing, regulatory, educational, private power, and financial services companies. A former vice-president of the American Gas Association, Dr. Schlesinger has testified before the U.S. Congress and in 16 states and provinces on the direction of the gas industry, gas contracting, purchase and sales prices, royalty valuations, market value, hedging and risk management, and related industry practices.



Kristen Strellec

Kristen Strellec has a B.S. and a M.S. in Mineral Economics from the Pennsylvania State University, and is permanently ABD on a PhD. Kristen began her career at EPA's Office of Water, where she spent 5 years conducting economic analyses of NPDES regulations for a variety of industries. She has spent the last 5 years working for Minerals Management Service in the Gulf of Mexico Office, examining a wide range of socioeconomic issues related to offshore energy development.



James L. Sweeney

James (Jim) Sweeney, is Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency; Professor of Management Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; and Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for International Studies. His professional activities focus on economic policy and analysis, particularly in energy, natural resources, and the environment.

At Stanford he has served as chairman of the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems, chairman of the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research, Director of the Energy Modeling Forum, Chairman of the Institute for Energy Studies, and Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research (now the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research). In the early 1970's he was Director of the Office of Energy Systems Modeling and Forecasting of the U.S. Federal Energy Administration. He was a founding member of the International Association for Energy Economics, co-editor of the Journal Resource and Energy Economics, and vice-president for publications of the International Association for Energy Economics. He is a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and a Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. He is on the National Advisory Council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a member of Governor Schwarzenegger's Council of Economic Advisors.

He holds a B.S. degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Engineering-Economic Systems.



Hermann Josef Wagner

H.-J. Wagner is Professor for Energy Systems and Energy Economics at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany. He holds a Diploma degree and a Doctorate in Energy Engineering from Technical University in Aachen, Germany. He works as a scientist for the Research Centre Juelich, for the German Parliament and for different universities. His relevant experiences are on the fields on energy systems analysis, renewable energies like wind energy and life cycle analysis. He published more than 170 articles in international and national journals and books.

He is strongly engaged in IAEE and in German Association of Energy Engineers (VDI). He holds also the membership of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and worked as an academy consulter for the last three G-8 summit conferences.



John P. Weyant

Weyant came to Stanford in 1977, primarily to help develop the Energy Modeling Forum. Prof. Weyant was formerly a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Operations Research, a member of the Stanford International Energy Project and a Fellow in the U.S.-Northeast Asia Forum on International Policy. He is currently an adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

His current research is focused on global climate change, energy security, corporate strategy analysis, and Japanese energy policy. He is on the editorial boards of The Energy Journal, and Petroleum Management. His national society memberships include the American Economics Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Econometric Society, International Association of Energy Economists, Mathematical Programming Society, ORSA, and TIMS.







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