Rice University experts available at CERAWeek


Jeff Falk

Rice University experts available at CERAWeek

HOUSTON – (March 7, 2019) – More than a dozen experts from Rice University will speak or participate in meetings and workshops at CERAWeek and Innovation Agora @ CERAWeek, an international gathering of energy industry leaders and experts, government officials and policymakers and leaders from the technology, financial and industrial communities as well as energy technology innovators.

For the third year in a row, Rice is an academic partner of CERAWeek, which will be March 11-15 at the Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St.

Innovation Agora @ CERAWeek will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas. The event is ranked among the top corporate leader conferences in the world.

Rice is among the organizations providing the most experts as speakers and panelists at the weeklong conference.

Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative is leading the university’s involvement in the conference.

Below is a schedule of Rice speaking highlights at CERAWeek. All speakers are available for media interviews after their scheduled appearance.

Monday, March 11:

Who: Ken Medlock, senior director, Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Tom Kolditz, executive director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders
What: Welcome presentation to the Future Energy Leaders program
When: 8-10 a.m. (by invitation only)

Who: Antonio Merlo, dean of Rice’s School of Social Sciences
What: Remarks, “Workforce of the Future”
When: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hilton

Tuesday, March 12:

Who: Fred Higgs, director of Rice’s Center for Engineering Leadership
What: “Advanced Manufacturing and Drilling Technology in Industry 4.0”
When: 9-9:50 a.m., Innovation Agora, Lyceum Lab 2

Who: Moderator Ken Medlock and panelists Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship; Reginald DesRoches, dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering; Peter Rossky, dean of Rice’s Wiess School of Natural Sciences; and Antonio Merlo, dean of Rice’s School of Social Sciences  
“What’s New at Rice: A Conversation,” highlighting innovation, research and technology developments at the university
12:45-1:30 p.m., Innovation Agora Studio 2

Wednesday, March 13:

Who: Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy
What: Strategic dialogue, “North American Gas Market: Prospects for 2019”
When: 7:30-8:35 a.m., Hilton

Who: Rachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at the Baker Institute
What: “Storm Over Plastics: Innovative Technology Solutions”
When: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Innovation Agora Delphi

Who: Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering
What: “Will Quantum Computing Disrupt Energy – and When?”
When: 2-3 p.m., Innovation Agora Delphi

Who: Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute
What: Latin American Forum
When: 5:30-9:30 p.m., by invitation only

Thursday, March 14:

Who: Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and professor of computer science
What: Presentation, “An Ethical Crisis in Computing”
When: 3-3:50 p.m., Innovation Agora, Lyceum Lab 2

Media who want to cover events at CERAWeek must obtain credentials from the conference organizers. Visit here for more information.

For more information on Rice’s involvement at CERAWeek or to schedule an interview with a speaker, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.