On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on the upcoming Offshore Technology Conference with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
The city of Houston is known as the energy capital of the world for good reason, making it a logical host for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), slated this year for April 30-May 3.
Held annually at Reliant Center, OTC is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. Each year, more than 70,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibiting companies are represented.
Chris Ross, an executive professor of finance at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business, serves on the OTC program committee. He stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss what to expect at this year’s conference and how Bauer College is playing a role in the event.
“The program is a good mix of technical sessions where companies display their most recent technologies for offshore exploration and development,” Ross said. “There will also be a number of managerial sessions on such issues as risk management, safety, environmental protection, as well as the extraordinary technologies that allow us to find oil deep beneath the ocean.”
Bauer College will have a presence at this year’s OTC as an exhibitor and sponsor, and with student attendees (student attendance at OTC is free with a valid university I.D.). In addition, Dean Latha Ramchand will be a facilitator at the OTC Next Wave program on April 30, which offers roundtable discussions for young professionals in the industry.
The connection between education and the energy industry is a natural one, Ross said, with Bauer College offering more than 20 courses that teach the business of energy at the BBA, MBA and EMBA levels. In addition to its energy programs in Houston, the college has offerings in Beijing, Dubai and Chennai, and works with energy firms to customize programs for their leadership.
“One thing that I’ve learned about the oil industry over the past 45 years, is that it’s always interesting and there are always new challenges. There’s a tremendous opportunity for Bauer College to play an important role in helping form the leadership of the future.”
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