Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Earth Sciences and Technology Division at the University of Texas at Austin
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"We want to be very clear: solar cells, wind turbines, and biomass-for-energy plantations can never replace even a small fraction of the highly reliable, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric power stations. Claims to the contrary are popular, but irresponsible...
We live in a hydrocarbon-limited world, generate too much CO2, and major hydropower opportunities have been exhausted worldwide..."
Cowritten with D. Pimentel, "Thermodynamics of Energy Production from Biomass," Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, Mar. 14, 2005
Experts Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Earth Sciences and Technology Division, University of Texas at Austin, 2014-present
Director of the Upstream Petroleum Engineering Center, 2014-present
Associate Editor, Energy Tribune, 2006-present
Editor, Transport in Porous Media, 2005-present
Chairman of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin, 2008-2014
Professor of GeoEngineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2002-2014
Chariman, College Engineering Committee on Natural Resources, University of California at Berkeley, 1997-2006
Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 2000-2003
Associate Professor of GeoEngineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1995-2002
Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1990-1995
Senior Reservoir Engineer, Shell, 1989-1990
Research Engineer, Enhanced Recovery Research Department, Shell Development, 1983-1989
Research Associate, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Minnesota, 1981-1983
Fulbright Fellow, University of Minnesota, Chemical Engineering Department, 1978-1979
Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Geophysical Union, American Physical Society, and American Chemical Society
Research Associate, Chemical Engineering Research Center, Polish Academy of Sciences (Gliwice, Poland), 1974-1980
PhD, Chemical Engineering, Silesian Technical University (Poland), 1980
MS, Chemical Engineering, Silesian Technical University, 1974
Consultant and Expert Witness: Shell Oil Company, Chevron Oil Company, General Electric, and PG&E