UT Austin: Fueling the Energy Capital of the World

Dean Tom Gilligan, McCombs School of Business, Dean Gregory L. Fenves, Cockrell School of Engineering, Dean Sharon Mosher, Jackson School of Geosciences, and Marshall Adkins, Director of Energy Research at Raymond James, invite you to a private reception for top industry leaders to learn about the collaboration happening at The University of Texas at Austin to prepare the next generation of energy pioneers.

Moderator & Panelists

Join us for a discussion with UT Austin energy leaders Drs. Tad Patzek, Scott W. Tinker and John C. Butler, moderated by alumnus Marshall Adkins.

The discussion will center around the need to fill the knowledge and talent gap that is coming with the oil and gas industry’s big crew change. Hear how UT is educating the future workforce, pushing the boundaries of technology and driving the business and policy discussions in energy.

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Marshall Adkins (’84 BSPE, ’89 MBA)
Director, Energy Research
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Marshall Adkins focuses on oilfield services and products, in addition to leading the energy research team at Raymond James. He has won a number of honors for his stock-picking abilities in The Wall Street Journal, StarMine survey, Forbes and TheStreet.com. Prior to joining Raymond James in 1995, he was the oilfield services analyst with Principal Financial Securities. His experience includes 10 years in the oilfield services industry as a project manager, corporate financial analyst, sales manager and engineer. Mr. Adkins began his career with BJ Services before spending three years with an advanced oilfield technology firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Tadeusz W. Patzek
Chair, Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering
Cockrell School of Engineering

Tad Patzek is the Lois K. and Richard D. Folger Leadership professor and chairman of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Patzek's current research involves mathematical and numerical modeling of earth systems with emphasis on fluid flow in the subsurface soils and rocks. He briefed Congress on the BP Deepwater Horizon well disaster in the Gulf and was a frequent guest on NPR, ABC, BBC, CNN and CBS programs. These experiences led him to co-write “Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma” with Joseph A. Tainter. The book explains the real causal factors leading up to the spill and uses it as a backdrop to explain the energy-complexity spiral that governs modern life. He is also a member of the Offshore Drilling Safety Committee, where he provides guidance to the federal government on how to improve safety, well containment and spill response as the U.S. explores new energy frontiers.

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Scott W. Tinker
Director, Bureau of Economic Geology
Jackson School of Geosciences

Scott W. Tinker is director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the state geologist of Texas, director of the Advanced Energy Consortium, a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair and acting associate dean of research in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Scott spent 17 years in the oil and gas industry prior to coming to UT in 2000. Scott is past elected president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), past president of the Association of American State Geologists and a fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA). He is an advisory trustee to Southwest Research Institute, sits on the Geoscience Advisory Board at Sandia National Lab and holds appointments on the National Petroleum Council, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and several other private, professional and academic boards. Tinker was named a “Top Producer in Texas” by Texas Monthly magazine in 2012. Tinker’s degrees are from the University of Colorado (Ph.D.), the University of Michigan (MS) and Trinity University (BS). Tinker’s passion is building bridges between academia, industry and government and he has given some 500 invited lectures, visited nearly 50 countries and most recently produced and is featured in the acclaimed documentary film on global energy, "Switch". The film lays out a path to our energy future that can move the world toward cleaner forms of energy while pragmatically sustaining the growth that has fueled the modern world.

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John C. Butler
Associate Director, Academics
McCombs School of Business

John C. Butler is the associate director for UT’s Energy Management and Innovation Center. He is focused on building energy-specific business curriculum and teaches MBA-level energy finance classes and supervises student participation in practicums and case competitions. Butler’s research focuses on the Decision Sciences: decision analysis, operations, information systems, management science and statistics. He serves as Secretary/Treasurer of INFORMS Decision Analysis Society, an organization comprised of more than 900 academics and practitioners in the field of decision analysis. Butler received his BBA from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Event Details

April 18, 2013
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Latham & Watkins, LLP
811 Main St., Suite 3700
Houston, Texas

Garage parking available on Fannin Street between Rusk and Walker streets.

RSVP by April 11

Space provided by Latham & Watkins, LLP