Conference Program

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PhD Day Session

9:00am - 3:30pm • Champions III

A pre-conference event for students only. Each paper presented at this session will be reviewed by a discussant for a more in-depth and stimulating analysis. For more information, please click here.
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Tour: Offshore Drilling Rig Museum

1:00pm - 5:00pm • Offshore Drilling Rig Museum

Join us for a tour on the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center. Click here for more information. Meet at the front of the Royal Sonesta Hotel, porte-cochere to board bus.


12:00 - 7:00pm • Directors Room

Case Competition Session

4:00pm - 5:30pm • Champions III

Parth Vaishnav (Presiding)
Assistant Research Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

Team #1 - Energy Wranglers
Scott Vitter
Thomas Deetjen
Phillip White
Katrina Ramirez-Meyers

University of Texas, Austin

Team #2 - EcoFin Environment
Salaheddine Soummane
Fatima Shuwaikh

University of Paris-Saclay

Team #3 - The Live Wires
Liza Reed
Tobi Adekanye
Anne Walker

Carnegie Mellon University

Team #4 - Team Lehigh
Huilai Gu
Adhitya Jayasinghe
Salvador (Josh) Tarun

Lehigh University

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Opening Reception

6:00pm - 7:30pm • Discovery Center A



7:00am - 7:00pm • Directors Room

Student Breakfast Meeting With Mentoring Opportunities

7:00am - 8:30am • Discovery Center B

Kick-off your conference experience at the Student Breakfast Meeting with an opportunity to meet your fellow students attending the conference as well as a selection of mentors who will be present at this event.
Come, have breakfast, and get to know the other students at the conference before the first session begins. Melanie Craxton, the USAEE Student Representative, will also be there to make some general announcements and answer any questions you may have. We have also organised for 5 seasoned professionals in various fields to be available at tables in the room for you to sit with and chat about their careers and personal experiences.

Morning Networking Coffee

7:45am - 8:30am • Legends Ballroom

Welcome & Introduction

8:30am - 9:00am • Legends IV

Opening Plenary Session: The U.S. as an International Oil and Natural Gas Market Maker -- Markets, Geopolitics and U.S. Energy Policy

9:00am - 10:30am • Legends IV

The shale technology revolution is shifting the U.S. role in world oil and natural gas markets from market taker to market maker. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar and China will vie for market position, but none looks likely to have the same market clout in the new geopolitics of excess supply. How will this affect and be affected by market forces, geopolitical dynamics and emerging U.S. energy policy & politics in the Trump Administration? What will this mean for oil and natural gas price and supply security, and future energy cycles?

Edward L Morse (Presiding & Presenting)
Global Head of Commodities Research, Citigroup

Sarah Ladislaw
Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Amy Jaffe
David Rubenstein Sr Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director, Prog on Energy Security and Climate Change Council on Foreign Relations

Coffee Break

10:30am - 11:00am • Legends Ballroom Pre-Function

Concurrent Sessions 1 to 9

11:00am - 12:45pm

Awards Luncheon

12:45pm - 2:30pm • Discovery Center A & B

USAEE Adelman Frankel Award to: Mine K. Yucel

USAEE Senior Fellow Awards to: James T. Jensen, Edward L. Morse, Samuel A. Van Vactor

Robert McNally
President, Rapidan Energy Group
"Welcome Back to Boom-Bust Prices"
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Dual Plenary Session: Innovation in Energy Finance and Investment -- Accelerating a Transition

2:30pm - 4:00pm • Legends IV

Rapidly changing dynamics in energy infrastructure, consumer demands, and technology innovations are stimulating change and innovation in energy sector finance. The financing of and investment in the energy industry is increasingly occurring through more innovative vehicles and techniques. From third party financing of rooftop solar to leveraging the yieldco model to provide liquidity to debt financings, these changes introduce complexity and opportunity for the investment community and economic stakeholders.

Martha Goodell (Presiding)
Managing Partner, Enigami Partners LLC

Jason Blumberg
CEO and Managing Director, Energy Foundry
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Ric Abel
Managing Director, Prudential Capital Energy Partners

Caitlin MacLean
Director, Innovative Finance, Milken Institute

Dual Plenary Session: Future of the Refining Sector - Trumponomics and Low Oil Prices

2:30pm - 4:00pm • Legends V & VI

Globalization has transformed the downstream refining sector, but can global product demand keep pace with expectations for new supply amid emerging new environmental regulations? How will downstream refiners, in both domestic and international markets, evolve to regain market balance? What are the myths versus realities? Our panel of experts will provide insights into the changing conditions and answers to these questions.

Tina Vital (Presiding)
Director, Aegis Energy Advisors Corp

Carol A Dahl
Senior Fellow, Colorado School of Mines
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Garfield L Miller III
President and Chief Executive Officer, Aegis Energy Advisors Corp
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Susan W Grissom
Chief Industry Analyst, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)

Coffee Break

4:00pm - 4:30pm • Legends Ballroom Pre-Function

Concurrent Sessions 10 to 18

4:30pm - 6:15pm

USAEE Chapter Leadership Meeting

5:15pm - 6:15pm • Champions II

Poster Session & Networking Reception

6:30pm - 8:00pm • Discovery Center A & B

1. Opportunities and Risk Factors in Construction of Solar Photovoltaic Plant with Venture of Public Private Partnership.Case Study of Largest PV Plant
Bilal Anwar
PhD Research Scholar, Xi'an Jiaotong University
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2. The Design of Flat Energy Management Structure for Iron & Steel Enterprises in China
Yuhui Jin
Shiping Jin
Junyin Zhang
Yan Long
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Yonghong Huang
WISDRI Engineering & Research Incorporation Limited
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3. The Future of the Energy Sector and Geopolitical Impact
Ikechukwu Igwe
Emerald Energy Institute
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4. Why is There a Gap for Energy Performance? Evidence from Green Commercial Buildings
Jing Liang
Yueming (Lucy) Qiu
University of Maryland
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5. An Analyze of Oil Royalties Impacts on the Southeastern Municipalities per Capita GDP: A Spatial Econometric Approach for the Natural Resource Curse
Felipe Tavares
Augusto Seabra
Alexandre Almeida
University of São Paulo
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6. Optimum Hybrid Configuration For Off-Grid Rural Electricity Generation In The Six Geopolitical Zones Of Nigeria
Nathaniel A Babajide
Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy
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7. Welfare Impacts of Optimal Virtual Bidding in a Multi-Settlement Electricity Market with Transmission Line Congestion
Hyungkwan Kim
Andrew L Liu
Paul V Preckel
Purdue University
Douglas Gotham
State Utility Forecasting Group
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8. Energy Storage Reshaping The Grid
Hudson R Howard
Frostburg State University
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9. Effectiveness of Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Portfolio Standard under Strategic Pricing in Network Access
Kurakawa Yukihide
Waseda University
Hibiki Akira
Tohoku University
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10. Modeling Complexity in Energy Systems: A Fuzzy Logic Approach
Mohammed AlMehdar
Brandeis University
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11. Stochastic versus Deterministic Grid-Evolution Models- A Case Study on MISO
Naga S. Goteti
Eric Williams
Eric Hittinger
Rochester Institute of Technology
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12. Energy Efficiency and Machine Learning: Understanding Technology Adoption Decisions
Aramayis Dallakyan
Reid Stevens
Texas A&M University
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Student Happy Hour

8:00pm - 10:00pm • The Railyard

Immediately following the Poster Session & Networking Reception come join fellow students at The Railyard, a 15 minute walk from the conference hotel, for further drinks and networking opportunities.

Gather at the Meeting Point (hotel lobby) at 7:45pm to walk over with the first group, or join us at your own convenience. Walking directions here:



7:00am - 6:30pm • Directors Room

Morning Networking Coffee

7:45am - 8:30am • Legends Ballroom Pre-Function

Concurrent Sessions 19 to 27

8:30am - 10:15am

Coffee Break

10:15am - 10:45am • Legends Ballroom Pre-Function

Dual Plenary Session: Changing Ties With Mexico

10:45am - 12:15pm • Legends IV

Mexican energy regulators and operators will discuss their expectations on the country’s outlook as the Energy Reform is implemented as well as the vulnerabilities and potential impacts of a policy shift in the US. The trends toward larger foreign direct investments and trade links with the US have strengthened. Most of the natural gas consumed in Mexico today is imported from the U.S. through pipelines and LNG vessels. Furthermore, U.S. oil and gas companies participated in tendering processes for oil fields, and some will start operations soon.

Alejandra Elizondo (Presiding)
Research Fellow, CIDE

Guillermo Garcia Alcocer
President Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission
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Jimena Marvan
Deputy Executive Director, ASEA
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Hector Moreira Rodriguez
Commissioner, National Hydrocarbons Commission of Mexico
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Dual Plenary Session: Electricity Markets

10:45am - 12:15pm • Legends V & VI

The electricity industry is undergoing significant change. This panel will explore some of the rapidly evolving characteristics within electricity markets such as the role of different market players, legal issues that may arise at the grid’s edge, and resource price dynamics.

Karl J Nalepa (Presiding)
Partner, ReSolved Energy Consulting LLC

Michael Wara
Associate Professor of Law, Justin M Roach, Jr. Faculty Scholar, Stanford Law School

Elizabeth Wilson
Professor, Dartmouth College

Joshua D Rhodes
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Texas Austin

Jean-Baptiste Galland
SVP Strategy, Enedis

Awards Luncheon

12:15pm - 2:00pm • Discovery Center A & B

Student & Other Awards/Recognitions

Case Competition Presentation

Government Track Session & Concurrent Sessions 28 to 36

2:00pm - 3:45pm

Coffee Break

3:45pm - 4:15pm • Legends Ballroom Pre-Function

Dual Plenary Session: Entrepreneurship in the Energy World

4:15pm - 5:45pm • Legends IV

Innovation and entrepreneurship are growing in the energy eco-system. New Startups are proposing improvements, sometimes incremental, sometimes disruptive, to energy production, delivery or consumption. Low and volatile prices pressure businesses to reduce costs, while high and volatile prices encourage consumers to reduce demand and look for alternatives. Universities are also playing a vital role in connecting researchers and collegiate entrepreneurs to investors in launching successful ventures.

Shree Vikas (Presiding)
Director Market Intellience & Business Analysis, ConocoPhillips

Brad Burke
Managing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
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Jim Sledzik
Director, Hall Labs LLC
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Surya Rajan
Managing Partner and Vice President, Profitability3
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Anupam Singh
Principal, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
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Dual Plenary Session: Renewable Energy - Integration Challenges and Emerging Solutions

4:15pm - 5:45pm • Legends V & VI

This plenary explores challenges related to the integration of renewable energy generation into electrical grids and emerging solutions implemented in U.S. wholesale electricity markets. Topics of interest include the need for better coordination between renewable energy assets and transmission planning; the definition of new markets and products to maintain grid stability and accommodate renewable penetration; and interactions with climate change policy.

Alberto J Lamadrid (Co-Presiding)
Assistant Professor, Lehigh University

Chiara Lo Prete (Co-Presiding)
Assistant Professor Energy Economics, The Pennsylvania State University

Benjamin F. Hobbs
Professor of Environmental Management, Johns Hopkins University
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Michael Robinson
Principal Advisor of Market Design, MISO
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Nitika Mago
Supervisor Operations Analysis, ERCOT

USAEE General Membership Meeting

5:45pm - 6:15pm • Champions II

Optional Networking Dinners

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Sign up at registration desk; cost not included in registration fee. See final program for more detail or click “General Information” at the top of the screen.



7:00am - 6:00pm • Directors Room

Washington Conference Planning Meeting

7:30am - 8:30am • Champions III

Morning Networking Coffee

7:45am - 8:30am • Legends Ballroom Pre-Function

Dual Plenary Session: Strategies to Adapt, Survive and Evolve in the Upstream Oil and Gas Markets

8:30am - 10:00am • Legends IV

The downturn in global crude prices negatively impacted all segments of the upstream sector, and has forced a broad rethink in how firms operate. What strategies have companies across the upstream sector, from service companies to operators, both onshore and offshore, employed to emerge in better position after the downturn? What structural changes have upstream players employed? Have these lessons been learned for the long-term or are we in danger of repeating history? Our panel of experts from across the upstream sector will speak from their experiences on these and other questions affecting the upstream.

Caldwell Bailey (Presiding)
Investor Relations, Hi Crush

Ron Gusek
President, Liberty Oilfield Services

John Daniel
Senior Research Analyst, Oilfield Services, Simmons

Robert Kleinberg
Schlumberger Fellow Emeritus, Schlumberger

Laura Fulton
Chief Financial Officer, Hi-Crush Proppants LLC

Dual Plenary Session: Intelligent Energy Systems

8:30am - 10:00am • Legends V & VI

Infrastructure, technologies, and the 'Internet of Things' are changing the energy sector in ways that were recently only science fiction. From using ‘Big Data’ for real-time electricity grid monitoring to cutting-edge technologies in smart buildings, smart grids, and autonomous vehicle networks, the prospects, management tools, as well as the cyber risks continue to gyrate upward. This panel of experts will explore such issues including the intelligent energy systems of today, what they envision as enablers and opportunities for the energy systems of the future, along with accompanying risks and challenges.

Melanie Craxton (Presiding)
PhD Candidate, Stanford University

Anna Scaglione
Professor, Arizona State University
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Zoltan Nagy
Professor, UT Austin
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Ram Rajagopal
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Coffee Break

10:00am - 10:30am • Legends Ballroom Pre-Function

Closing Plenary Session: Pulling it all together: Are we Cycling Uphill or Downhill?

10:30am - 12:15pm • Legends IV

The closing plenary session will gather three nationally-recognized experts from industry and academia in a participatory discussion of the state of energy markets and policy in North America. The panelists will make brief remarks and the audience will then be invited to have a highly interactive discussion with the panelists and the panel moderator. As much of the time for this session will be dedicated to the audience rather than the panelists, this session is a great chance for conference participants to engage in sustained and meaningful dialogue with the panelists and each other.

David H Knapp (Presiding)
Chief Energy Economist, Energy Intelligence Group

Adam E. Sieminski
Energy & National Security Program, Center for Strategic & Int’l Studies

Michael Webber
Deputy Director, Energy Institute, University of Texas at Austin

Guy Caruso
Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Workshop: Global Energy Risk management: Turning Risk into a Competitive Opportunity

12:45pm - 5:00pm • Champions III

Separate registration is required.

Glenn Labhart (Presiding)
Chairman of Energy Oversight Committee of the GARP ERP Program & Senior Partner Labhart Risk Advisors

Spyros Maragos
Manager Analytics, Direct Energy

Gordon E. Goodman
Independent Energy Consultant

Kevin Hulsey
Shell Trading Risk Management LLC

Energy risk management requires focus on the complexities associated with asset transformation, storage, processing, treatment and transportation of energy commodities to develop sound risk management strategies. This session will communicate from lectures and case studies to gain an understanding of: 

· The basics of energy risk management.
· Fostering a mindset of real option valuation to address risk and value added strategies.
· Hedging strategies to add extrinsic value to a company’s asset structure.

For more information and to download files relating to the workshop, please click here

Tour: Petra Nova

12:45pm - 5:00pm

Attendees of the USAEE/IAEE North America Conference 2017 in Houston will have the unique opportunity to visit and tour the Petra Nova generation and carbon capture facility, located southwest of Houston. Click here for more information. Meet at the front of the Royal Sonesta Hotel, porte-cochere to board bus.

By the act of registering and attending this USAEE/IAEE North American conference, you agree that USAEE/IAEE shall acquire the right to use your name, photograph, video recording, and/or audio recording in reporting on the conference in their publications or website, in publicity for future conferences, or in other reasonable manners for the benefit of the Association(s). You further agree to waive any liability on the part of the USAEE/IAEE, and to hold the USAEE/IAEE harmless, for any damages, injury, or loss of benefits that you incur during your travel to or from or attendance at this conference.