March 5 Speaker Series Focuses on Effects of Shale Gas
Published on February 21, 2013
Shale’s Impact on the Economy, Environment and Security Will Kick Off Spring
Installment of Bauer College, AGL Resources Distinguished Leaders Series
The shale gas revolution is, by most accounts, an energy game changer. It helps offset declines in conventional oil and gas production and is being heralded as a transition fuel to a low-carbon future.
The C. T. Bauer College of Business will host a discussion titled, “Shale’s Impact on the Economy, Environment and Security,” on March 5 for the first Distinguished Leaders Series event of the spring semester.
Presented by AGL Resources and their Houston-based companies, the DLS serves as an opportunity for exploring topical issues in business, with an emphasis on the energy industry.
On March 5, a reception will be held in the lobby of Cemo Hall at 5 p.m. before the 6 p.m. panel discussion, where featured speakers will discuss how shale impacts the economy, environment and security. The panel will feature accomplished leaders from academia and the energy industry, including:
Black & Veatch Management Consulting
Greg Hopper is managing director of Black & Veatch Management Consulting. He leads the firm’s Natural Gas and Power Fuel Markets practice and holds primary responsibility for client development and service delivery. Hopper is an expert in natural gas wholesale market issues, with emphasis on midstream assets including pipeline, storage and LNG import and peakshaving systems. He advises clients on matters relating to fuel portfolio development, contract structuring and negotiations, asset valuation, M&A and financing studies, market analyses, price forecasting, regulatory compliance and strategy development.
Prior to Black & Veatch, Hopper was a founding partner and vice president of Lukens Energy Group, an energy consulting partnership which became part of Black & Veatch in 2005. He began his energy career in investment banking before joining Williams Gas Pipelines where he led and managed investments in natural gas midstream assets, and the strategic and financial evaluation of acquisitions and joint ventures to leverage the company’s entry into new markets.
Joseph Pratt, Ph.D.
Cullen Professor of History and Business
University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business
Joseph A. Pratt is the Cullen Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston, where he has taught for the last 16 years. Before coming to UH, he taught in the business school at the University of California-Berkeley, Texas A & M University and at the Harvard Business School. He earned his BA from Rice University and his Ph.D. in economic history from Johns Hopkins. A specialist in the history of the petroleum industry, he has written histories of Amoco, the Texas Eastern Corporation, and the National Petroleum Council. He is currently at work on a history of the offshore petroleum industry.
By Amanda Sebesta