The Earth Entrepreneurship Forum focuses on current and near-future opportunities for ventures in energy,
cleantech digital infrastructure, and the connected grid.
The forum will discuss new frontier for consumer and business energy management and grid integration.
Speakers will discuss what we learned in established energy industries as well as the first wave of
cleantech investing in the early 2000s, what has changed since, and what to expect next.
The conference will be held on 22nd April 2019.
Locations and Venues
The 2019 conference will be held at
The Naveen Jindal School of Management
800 W. Campbell Rd.
Richardson, Texas 75080
(Executive Dining Room, 1.606)
|12:00 p.m.||Registration||Emcee: Steve Guengerich – Executive Director, Institute for Innovation and
|12:30 p.m.||Welcome||Introduction: Diane McNulty – Associate Dean, External Affairs and Corporate Development|
|12:35 p.m.||Keynote speaker: Opportunities in US Geo-Entrepreneurship and Beyond||Introduction: Robert Stephen Molina – Director, MS Energy Management Program, UT Dallas
Speaker: Walter Guidroz – Program Coordinator, Energy Resources Program, U.S. Geological
|1:15 p.m.||Panel and Q&A: Extracting oil, gas, water and minerals||Moderator: Robert Stern – Professor of Geosciences and Director of the Global and
Magmatic Research Laboratory at UT Dallas
Kevin Ryan – CFO / SVP, Merit Energy
David Williamson – VP, Geoscience, Monadnock Resources
Qingming Yang – Chairman & CEO, Ridgeview Energy
Preston Bryant – CEO, Momentum Technology
|2:15 p.m.||Fireside Chat: The Connected Grid||Moderator: Jennifer Sanders – Executive Director, Dallas Innovation Alliance
Kevin Stevens – Partner, Intelis Capital
Rajiv Karanam – Director of Partnerships, Ericsson
|3:00 p.m.||Panel and Q&A: Wind, solar, space, renewables||Moderator: Diana Aguirre – Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Erik Jonsson
School of Engineering and Computer Science
Daniel Roesler – Co-Founder and CEO/CTO, UtilityAPI
Sandeep Gupta – CEO, Ensemble Energy
Arun Gupta – Founder and CEO, Skyven Technologies
Marshall Culpepper, CEO & Co-Founder, Kubos Corporation
|3:50 p.m.||Panel and Q&A: Breakthrough Research Commercialization||Moderator: Paul Nichols – Assistant Director, Institute for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas
Valerio Iungo – Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UT Dallas
Rafael Martin – Associate VP, Office of Research, UT Dallas
Dr. Babak Fahimi – Distinguished Chair in Engineering & Professor of Electrical
Engineering, UT Dallas
Dr. Jie Zhang – Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT Dallas
|4:45 p.m.||Closing keynote speaker: Consumer Trends in Earth Entrepreneurship||Introduction: Poras Balsara – Interim Dean, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and
Speaker: Trey Bowles – Managing Director, Innov8te Incubator
Professor of Geosciences and Director of the Global and Magmatic Research Laboratory
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
The 2019 Earth Entrepreneurship Forum would not be possible without all of the individuals and organizations
that generously donate cash, in-kind services, and other resources. We thank all of our sponsors for their
Dining Room, 1.606, Jindal School of Management (JSOM), UT Dallas.
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