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Innovation in Unconventional Drilling Conference

March 19 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm CDT

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Innovation in Unconventional Drilling Conference

The Mays Innovation Research Center and the Texas A&M Energy Institute will host the first annual Innovation in Unconventional Drilling Conference in Houston at the Mays Business School’s CityCentre campus on Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

The conference will bring together leading experts from Industry, Academia, and Policy for a one-day conference in Houston. The conference is a unique opportunity for industry executives, leading academics, and policymakers to exchange ideas and to share the most recent research findings in the economics and technical innovations in fracking. Rather than replicating existing academic conferences, we aim to blend economics and technical science in a way that demonstrates value from the combination. Attendees will walk away with insights into the most innovative dimensions of oil & gas having a better understanding of the science and business of unconventional drilling.

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Keynote: Bill Thomas, CEO and Chairman of EOG Resources

Keynote: Robin Fielder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Noble Midstream

Panel 1: Learning, Productivity, and Leasing

  • Learning: Andrew Steck, University of Toronto
  • Contracting: Ryan Kellogg, University of Chicago
  • New Technology Adoption: Thom Covert, University of Chicago
  • Policy: Robert Kleinberg, Columbia University

Panel 2: Local Economic Impact and Regulation

  • Flaring: Mark Agerton, University of California, Davis
  • Set Back Policy: Peter Maniloff, Colorado School of Mines
  • Leasing Disclosure: Anastasia Shcherbakova, Texas A&M University
  • Socioeconomic Impacts of the Fracking Revolution: Steve Puller, Texas A&M University
  • Journalist: Blaire Briody

Panel 3: Technological Innovations and Engineering Challenges for the Shale Gas-based Industry

  • Fabio Ribeiro, Director, NSF ERC Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources
  • More speaker announcements to come

Closing Discussion


March 19
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Mays at CityCentre
842 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N
Houston, TX 77024 United States
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