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OTC 2014: Bauer Faculty, Students Discuss Impact on Houston’s Energy Industry

Published on April 29, 2014

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This year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston boasts over 50 technical breakout sessions that all address the future of Houston’s energy industry. Projects such as Shell Mars B Project and significant changes within Mexico’s oil sector all contribute to what lies ahead for local oil and gas leaders for the next several decades. OTC also welcomes Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) to share results from the first marine methane hydrate production test and how this new method of forming hydrate from a seabed has the potential to be an industry breakthrough.

Bauer College has expert faculty sources available this week and next to comment for OTC coverage.
• Bauer Executive Professor Christopher Ross, who is a member of the OTC program committee, can speak on this year’s OTC Technical Program sessions.
• Robert W. “Bill” Gilmer is director of Bauer College’s Institute for Regional Forecasting and can talk about the impact of new offshore technologies on Houston’s economy.

Students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at UH will attend OTC next week to get a global perspective on what the energy industry needs from its workforce.

Members of The Energy Association, a Bauer student organization, got a leg up on the topic last week during an on-campus case competition sponsored by SOCAR focusing on the strides Azerbaijan — considered by many to be the next Dubai when it comes to oil and gas — is making in obtaining funding and support from Houston-based energy companies.

The competition was judged by OTC partners Shell, ExxonMobile, BP and Petrobras. The winning team is under consideration for an internship in Azerbaijan working with SOCAR to implement their recommendations for the country to emerge as a leader in offshore technology. (Read more at

Bauer students serving as president and vice president of The Energy Association, respectively, are available to discuss their experience attending OTC and their perspective as future energy industry professionals in a global marketplace.

To schedule an interview with faculty experts or Energy Association officers, see Media Contacts section to the right.

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