Texas A&M Conference on Energy: 2019 Presenters

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2019 Event Resources

As a part of the Texas A&M Conference on Energy, plenary sessions, presentations, and remarks will be offered by influential experts from industry, academia, and government.

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Mark Barteau
Plenary Speaker I

September 23, 2019

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday, MSC 2300C

Prof. Mark Barteau

Vice President for Research, Halliburton Chair in Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry   Texas A&M University


Mark A. Barteau’s research focuses on chemical reactions at solid surfaces and their applications in heterogeneous catalysis and energy processes. He has received numerous grants throughout his career from such prestigious institutions as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research and NASA.

Barteau has been widely recognized for his scientific and professional leadership in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and was named in 2008 as one of the “100 Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alpha Chi Sigma and Allan P. Colburn Awards from AIChE, the International Catalysis Award from the International Association of Catalysis Societies, the Ipatieff Prize and the Victor K. LaMer Award from the American Chemical Society, the Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis from the North American Catalysis Society and the Canadian Catalysis Lecture Tour Award of the Catalysis Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He is a fellow of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Steve Bitar
Plenary Speaker II

September 24, 2019

11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m., Tuesday, MSC 2300C

Steve Bitar

Automation Advisor   ExxonMobil Research and Engineering


Steve Bitar is an Automation Advisor in ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Spring, TX.  He has worked in both Refining & Supply and Research & Engineering holding a variety of engineering and management positions.  He has managed a wide range of disciplines including process control, real-time optimization, instrumentation, project development, process analytics, electrical, offline optimization & scheduling, process engineering, laboratory services, refinery coordination, and control systems.

In his current role, Steve is supporting a program to develop open systems to replace aging and obsolete distributed control system technology in refining and chemical plants.

Steve is an instrument and multi-engine rated commercial pilot, an avid skier, and guitarist, and enjoys playing ice hockey and soccer.  He lives with his wife and 3 children in Spring, TX.

Steve holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, an M.S. in Computer Science from Drexel University, and an MBA in Finance from George Mason University.

Dr. Cris Eugster
Plenary Speaker III

September 24, 2019

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., Tuesday, MSC 2300C

Dr. Cris Eugster

Chief Operating Officer (COO)   CPS Energy


Cris Eugster is responsible for the operations of CPS Energy’s power generation and electric delivery businesses that encompass over 7500MW of generation capacity, 12,600 miles of electrical distribution, and 1,500 miles of electrical transmission serving our region’s nearly 2 million residents. 

CPS Energy is a leader in renewables with over 1700MW of solar and wind resources in its portfolio, in addition to large scale customer-centric energy efficiency and demand response programs.  Cris’ leadership has driven the transformation of CPS Energy into an innovative, forward thinking utility that is helping to decarbonize the electric system and support new products and services for our customers.

Eugster was formerly a Partner with McKinsey and Company. He has a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Science and Doctorate from MIT – all in Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Ravindra Aglave
Plenary Speaker IV

September 25, 2019

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, MSC 2300C

Dr. Ravindra Aglave

Director, Energy and Process   Siemens PLM Software


Ravindra Aglave is the Director for Energy and Process Industries in the STS (Simulation & Test) sub-segment of Siemens PLM Software.

In this role, he is responsible for the strategy of simulation for the chemical & process industry. He works on bringing new modeling and physics knowledge into CFD simulation code that can be deployed in the industry. He provides guidance to the application engineers in Siemens to apply simulation methods to solve challenging problems in the industry.

Prior to joining Siemens, Ravi worked as a Senior Research Engineering at BASF in Germany, performing design and analysis of various processes in the chemical plants backed by CFD. He also worked as an R&D engineer at Callidus Technologies Inc. designing and simulating combustion and waste treatment systems followed by a Senior Engineer position at Bechtel Inc.’s Oil, gas and chemical division in the areas of LNG plants, coking, and crude heater furnaces as well as various other process industry applications

He also works closely with research organization such as Particulate Solids Research Inc. (PSRI), Fluid Mixing Processes (FMP) consortia at BHR group and various universities (Purdue, TU Berlin) to aid the development of new modeling methods.

He serves as a Director on the chemical engineering technology council of American Institute of Chemical Engineers
 (AICHE) and is a member of ASME, ACS, and Society of Chemical Engineering Japan.

Christopher Golla
Plenary Speaker V

September 25, 2019

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, MSC 2300C

Dr. Christopher Golla

Technology Fellow   Halliburton


Chris Golla is a Halliburton Distinguished Engineer for Sperry with over 20 years of industry experience. Chris’s specific areas of thought leadership include modernization, standardization, high temperature design, and down-hole formation evaluation techniques. A contributor to Sperry technology for 22 years, Chris has worked in various roles designing LWD/MWD tools.  For 15 years, he was primarily a technical contributor, rising to the position of chief technical professional.  This was followed by six years where he served in a dual role of discipline lead for electronics/firmware and manager of the Houston electrical department. His principle contribution has been in challenging the ways tools are designed

Golla’s past participation in the High Temperature Conference and High Temperature Joint Industry Program (JIP) were instrumental in Halliburton’s technical guidance to a joint high temperature development program with Total for an Ultra High Temperature MWD system.

Chris received his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Houston. He holds 15 published patents with 9 being issued and has been involved in the development of over 25 different LWD/MWD tools. Chris received the 2011 Sperry Innovation Award for the development of a well interception tool. In addition, he has received project awards for development of the azimuthal resistivity tool (ADR), azimuthal density tool (ALD) and compensated neutron tool (CTN).