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Lorelei Oviatt, AICP
Director of Community and Planning Development
Kern County Planning & Natural Resources Department
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2017 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Scott Tinker
Director, Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
Scott Tinker’s passion for bringing academia, government, industry, and NGOs together to address major societal issues in energy, environment, and the economy has led him to more than 55 countries, where he has presented over 650 keynote and invited lectures. His work has been published in the scientific literature, Forbes and many other major media; cited in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal; and he has appeared on NPR and in other major media outlets. Dr. Tinker co-produced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film Switch, which has been seen by more than 15 million viewers in over 50 countries and screened on over 1,000 university campuses worldwide.
He recently founded the not-for-profit Switch Energy Alliance to globally advance energy education. Dr. Tinker is director of the 275-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as president of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Association of American State Geologists, and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. He is a Halbouty Leadership Medalist, Boyd Medalist, Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and honorary member of the AAPG, in addition to being awarded by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, AGI, AAPG, Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, and other organizations for his successful efforts to engage the public in science.
Dr. Tinker serves on many private, public, and academic boards and councils and advises governments worldwide. He graduated from the University of Colorado (Ph.D.), the University of Michigan (M.S.), and Trinity University (B.S.).
Click HERE to watch “Switch,” a 2008 documentary by documentary filmmaker Harry Lynch and Dr. Tinker on the global energy transition.
2017 Confirmed Speakers
Principal Manager of Asset Management and Generation Strategy Group
Southern California Edison
As the Principal Manager of Asset Management and Generation Strategy group at SCE, Vibhu is responsible for driving the major maintenance and capital investment decisions and maximize the returns for company’s hydroelectric, natural gas, energy storage, and solar power plants; performance benchmarking & asset optimization, water planning, asset condition monitoring, engineering and risk analysis; plant engineering; central work management program; central outage planning and scheduling; documents and records management for all of SCE’s generation assets.
Vibhu earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Manitoba, Canada. He is also a registered professional engineer. He is currently pursuing an executive MBA from UCLA Anderson.
President and Chief Executive Officer
California Resources Corporation
Todd A. Stevens is President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of California Resources Corporation, California’s largest independent oil and natural gas producer. As CEO, Mr. Stevens focuses on strengthening the balance sheet, enhancing margins, and operating CRC’s resilient asset base. CRC’s entire workforce is Californian, and he drives the company’s commitment to the communities where employees live and CRC operates. Prior to CRC, Mr. Stevens worked for 20 years in various management positions at Occidental Petroleum Corporation and most recently served as Vice President, Corporate Development. He earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California after graduating from the United States Military Academy, West Point, with a Bachelor of Science degree.
President & Co-founder
Tom is president and co-founder of 8minutenergy. He has over 20 years of executive management experience in large-scale project development, solar and utility power markets, land entitlement, M&A, capital structuring and finance. Tom has led transactions totaling over $5 billion in power purchase agreements and project finance deals. Prior to co-founding 8minutenergy, Tom was a successful entrepreneur, real estate developer, and project manager for McKinsey & Company in Europe and the U.S. He earned his Ph.D. in physics and astronomy from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech).
Dr. Alan Fuchs
Director, California Energy Research Center
California State University, Bakersfield
Alan Fuchs is the Director of the California Energy Research Center (CERC), California State University, Bakersfield. He is a chemical engineer with extensive experience in design, novel materials, and water. His research is in the areas of fuel cells, intelligent materials, water, biomaterials and medical applications. He served as Chair of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2010-15. He has taught classes in chemical engineering design, including bioprocessing and polymer science and engineering.
Fuchs has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, MS Chemical Engineering from University of Rochester and BE Engineering from Cooper Union School of Engineering.
BlueTechValley Incubator & Valley Ventures Accelerator
Helle Petersen serves as the manager of the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center at California State University Fresno, a part of the International Center for Water Technology. She has actively worked with innovation and entrepreneurship for the last 6 year, first as a part of the Central Valley Business Incubator and later on Fresno State and the WET Center. As project manager for the BlueTechValley Innovation Cluster $5 million dollar grant, she is deeply involved building the regions ecosystem to better assist entrepreneur with new technologies creating a path to getting products and services to the market. Petersen is also actively involved in creating an accelerator at Fresno State, which will focus on the growing Ag tech market.
Petersen has a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and is an alumni of Fresno State’s MBA program.
Inland District Deputy
Department of Conservation
Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources
Bill Bartling is the Inland District Deputy for the Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources in Bakersfield California. The Inland District includes all or portions of Kern, Kings, Tulare, Inyo, Fresno and Madera Counties, which accounts for over 80% of oil and gas production in California.
Prior to joining DOGGR in October, 2015, Bill was General Manager of Borehole Imaging for OptaSense Ltd, President and CEO of SR2020, Sr. Director of Market Strategy at Silicon Graphics, Manager of Technical Computing at Occidental Oil and Gas, Sr. VP of Software Engineering at CogniSeis Development and Earth Scientist/Manager in exploration, production and research at Chevron.
Bill has a BA in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and a MS in Geology from San Diego State University, is Vice President of SEG Pacific Section and sits on the Advisory Board of the San Diego State University Center for Computational Sciences.
Member of SPE, AAPG, SEG and EAGE
General Manager, Solar
Don has been with BHE Renewables, or one of its sister or predecessor companies, since 2009 and currently serves as a General Manager for BHE Solar, LLC. His responsibilities include the aiding in the technical review during the acquisition of new projects, and then development, construction, and commissioning of renewable energy projects.
Don graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He also received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Director of Production Operations
Western States Petroleum Association
Suzanne Noble is the Director of Production Operations with the Western States Petroleum Association; employed with the Association since 1997. During her tenure with WSPA she has worked throughout the state of California on environmental regulatory issues in coastal regions, San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento. She is responsible for managing and directing production priority projects, regional external affairs, research of technical issues and coordination of working issues groups and technical committees.
Prior to joining WSPA, Suzanne served as a minerals advisor to the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. In the Bureau of Land Management, Suzanne served as Communication Coordinator for fluid minerals and then as Fluid Minerals Coordination Specialist developing strategies for outreach and marketing of the Bureau’s Oil and Gas National Performance Review, and represented the Bureau on Interagency Agreements for mineral projects and publicly on environmental issues.
Suzanne is a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield, and holds bachelor degrees in both communications and liberal studies.
Neil Black is president and a co-founder of California Bioenergy LLC ("CalBio"). CalBio was formed over 10 years ago and is a leader in dairy digester development in California. It focuses solely on dairy digester projects in the state. By the end of the year it will have completed six projects, including the state's largest dairy digester, and it has played a key role in technology and business model innovations.
CalBio partners with the dairy farmer to turn the dairy's vented manure methane into a new revenue source while enhancing environmental protection. Its Kern County cluster, in partnership with 15 Bakersfield dairies, is one of the three pilots of California's Sustainable Freight Action Plan (and the only dairy initiative).
Neil Black has over twenty-five years of senior management experience. Prior to joining CalBio,
Neil was managing principal at GreenOrder, a strategic consulting firm which worked with GE,
GM and other large corporations, helping them profit from environmental leadership. He was also the CEO of two technology start-ups and president of The Nation magazine. Neil has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Advance Planning Division Chief
Kern County Planning & Community Development Department
Craig Murphy began working for the Kern County Planning & Natural Resources Department in June of 2005 and has held his current position of Division Chief since 2010. During his tenure at the Planning Department, Craig has had the pleasure of working on many large scale projects throughout the various desert, mountain and valley portions of the County. Craig attended San Jose State University where he earned degrees in both Political Science and Radio/Television Broadcast Journalism.
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