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Distinguished Lecture in Energy: Ryan Sitton

November 30, 2020

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Distinguished Lecture in Energy: Ryan Sitton

“Quantitative Decisions: Combining Experts & Data to Improve Complex Systems”

On Monday, November 30, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST (GMT -6:00) through a Zoom Webinar, the Texas A&M Energy Institute will host a Distinguished Lecture in Energy by Ryan Sitton, the Founder of Pinnacle, as well as a Texas Railroad Commissioner at the Texas Railroad Commission. The topic will be “Quantitative Decisions: Combining Experts & Data to Improve Complex Systems.”


For the past decade, there have been constant debates about the future of energy. Everyone, from scientists to celebrities and politicians to academics, has weighed in on various ideas. More recently, as a range of new technologies and approaches have become more common, the question has become “What will the transition look like?”

In 2020, COVID-19 brought some of the most difficult economic challenges we have ever seen. Energy, one of the most critical foundations of modern society, has been severely challenged with questions about the future as people all over the world are looking for stability ahead of sustainability. Throughout all of these debates, challenges, and advancements, one thing is becoming clear… in order to move forward, we must use data to better understand where we are. In this talk, Ryan Sitton will explain how data is redefining the energy industry, what the energy transition might look like, and why the secret to sustainability is reliability.


Ryan Sitton, founder of Pinnacle, has 20 years of industry experience creating data management systems for equipment integrity and reliability and has served some of the world’s largest companies in the oil and gas, water, and mining industries. Sitton is also considered a leading expert in energy market data analytics. Sitton served as Texas Railroad Commissioner, the chief energy regulator for the state, from 2014-2020 and has founded multiple companies including software development, commercial real estate development, and leadership training companies.

Sitton earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.