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Rice - Shell Workshop Agenda


a.      Explore overlapping technology challenges and expertise between Shell and Rice.   
b.      Understand new ways to collaborate given co-location. 
c.       Establish a relationship that is less transactional and more about the exchange of ideas, students and people.

Day 1 – Wednesday, 13thFebruary

Session 1

Founder’s Room, Lovett Hall, Entrance B

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Opening Statements –Shell and Rice


a.       “Shell’s Technology Challenges,” Sergio Kapusta, Shell Chief Scientist in Materials


b.      “Rice’s Technical Strengths,” Vicki Colvin, Rice Vice Provost for Research

Session 2

Founder’s Room, Lovett Hall, Entrance B

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Deep Dive Presentations - Alternating Rice & Shell Presentations


a.       Shell – three talks, 15 minutes each.  (Session Lead – Lori Glassgold)
i)             Amik St-Cyr & Scott Reeves - Challenges in scientific computing in the oil industry 
ii)             David Parker & Christian Davies - Current State of Microbial Routes to HC's 
iii)             Joe Powell - Sustainability Aspects of Energy Industry


b.       Rice – three talks, 15 minutes each. 
i)        Pedro Alvarez, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering 
ii)       Jan Odegard, Executive Director, Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology   
iii)     Ned Thomas (TBA), Dean, Brown School of Engineering


c.       Discussion – what areas emerge for collaboration (Shell, key challenges) (Rice, key technical strengths)

Session 3

Founder’s Room, Lovett Hall, Entrance B

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Discussion, “Innovative Ways of Collaboration” (Session Lead - Henk Moiweer)


Brochstein Pavilion

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Heavy Hors D ‘Oeuvres and Wine


Lovett College Private Dining Room (To be confirmed)

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

By invitation

Day 2 – Thursday, 14th February   

Session 4

BioScience Research Collaborative, 1st Floor Event/Exhibition Hall

9:00 am – 11:30 am

Speed Matching, facilitated by Henk Mooiweer


Rice and Shell people will spend time getting to know one another using a speed matching approach that Shell uses to spur innovation and collaboration.  Rice and Shell people will rotate among different groups so as to maximize the possibility for good interactions.

Session 5

BioScience Research Collaborative, 1st Floor Event/Exhibition Hall

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Working Lunch and Report out of Speed Matching

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Voting of ideas generated from Speed Matching

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Distribute in syndicates to discuss highest priority ideas and collaborative opportunities

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Reporting out of actions and way forward

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Close Out

Confirmed attendees


1.      Karanikas, John M SIEP-PTI/U – Chief Scientist (Reservoir Engineering)

2.      Meyer, Charles L GSUSI-PTE/AUHT – Water Treatment

3.       Ortiz-Soto, Lorna B SIEP-PTI/IP – Game Changer

4.      Griffin, Claude L SHLOIL-UAC/F - US Social Investment & Shell Foundation

5.      Cassiola, Flavia M SIEP-PTI/RC -  Sub Surface & Exploratory (Materials)

6.      Krishnan, Anu GSUSI-PTT/ICOE – Technical & Competitive IT (HPC Center of Excellence & Innovation Labs)

7.      Reynolds, Michael A SIEP-PTI/UU – Production Chemistry

8.      Reeves, Scott A GSUSI-PTT/ICOE – Technical & Competitive IT (Chief Innovation Advisor)

9.       Mooiweer, Henk H SIEP-PTI/IP – Game Changer

10.  Kapusta, Sergio D SIEP-PTI/TP –Chief Scientist -Materials

11.  Glassgold Gibson, Lori B SIEP-PTI/IP – Innovation Practices (Principal ETC Advisor)

12.  St-Cyr, Amik SIEP-PTI/RP - Computation & Modeling

13.  George, Fiji C SEPCO-UAS/P/RU - Onshore Regulatory

14.  Reinsfelder, Ronald E SIEP-PTI/DB - Biodomain

15.  Davies, Christian A GSUK-PTI/DB -  Biodomain

16.  Parker, David A GSUK-PTI/DB - Biodomain

17.  Endler, Elizabeth E SIEP-PTI/TF – Pathfinder Future Energy

18.  Lahvis, Matthew A GSUSI-PTD/HSGW – HSE Soil/Groundwater

19.  Devaull, George E GSUSI-PTD/HSGW - Principal Technical Expert - Env. Soil & Groundwater

20.  Falender, Allison EGSUSI-PTD/LSCG - Supply Chain (Technology Manager)

21.  Biswas, Kushan B PTIN-PTI/IP – Innovation Practices(Advisor)