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USAEE Distinguished Lecturer Series


The USAEE Distinguished Lecturer Series (DLS) assists in obtaining outstanding speakers to facilitate the creation of new USAEE Chapters, revitalize existing Chapters, and conduct USAEE-sponsored webinars. The DLS also reinforces the connection of members to the national USAEE organization and provides a "national face" to members not located near an existing Chapter.

Guiding Principles

The Distinguished Lecturer Series disseminates information about the latest energy market trends and applied economic analysis from peer-nominated thought leaders and recognized experts in their field who are known to be capable speakers.

DLS participants commit to present information and analyses that are timely, relevant, non-advocacy, and non-advertising. The presentations should be consistent with the USAEE mission of providing a broader understanding of energy economics, policy making and theory.

USAEE membership is desired but not required of DLS participants. DLS participants who have spoken at USAEE conferences and/or other similar international professional association events will be given preference over those who have not.

A "Distinguished Lecturer Committee" of USAEE members will select topics, participants and locations from peer-nominated individuals. Nominations will be conducted via USAEE website between September – January with the intent of capturing potential topics and participants in a timely manner.

Nomination Process

To nominate a colleague, please complete the Nomination Form by clicking here. Remember to submit your nomination between September – January.

We ask that the nominator ask the nominee’s acceptance of being a USAEE Distinguished Lecturer before completion of the form in its entirety.

Once the form is completed both the nominee and nominator will receive confirmation that the form has been received. A "Distinguished Lecturer Committee" of USAEE members will review and provide feedback on selected topics and DLS speakers.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact USAEE Vice President, Chapter-Liaison at chapters-usaee@usaee.org.

Distinguished Lecturers

USAEE is fortunate to have the steadfast support and guidance from Shree Vikas at ConocoPhillips. Shree has been a long-time member of the Association and started the USAEE DLS program in late 2012. The following Distinguished Lecturers have been engaged with USAEE:


Peter Hartley, George & Cynthia Mitchell Professor of Economics, Rice University, and Rice Scholar in Energy Studies, James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University and BHP Billiton Professor in Energy & Resource Economics, University of Western Australia – Natural gas markets including especially the market for LNG in Asia, Long-term evolution of energy markets, Electricity market evolution and reform
Amy Myers Jaffe is executive director for energy and sustainability at University of California Davis and the fossil fuel lead at the Institute for Transportation Studies and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She also serves as Senior Advisor for Energy and Sustainability at the UC Office of the Chief Investment Office which oversees University of California's pension, endowment and working capital funds. Ms. Jaffe's research focuses on the geopolitics of oil and gas, corporate investment strategies in the energy sector and sustainable freight. She is currently leading a new study on peak oil demand and stranded asset risk.


Mine Yucel, Senior Vice President & Research Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Petroleum, Natural Gas, Unconventional Fossil Fuels, Energy and the Economy and Energy Security and Geopolitics
Andrew Slaughter, Executive Director, Deloitte Services LP – Petroleum, Natural Gas and Energy and the Environment


Guy Caruso, Senior Advisor, CSIS - Energy Security and Geopolitics, Energy Modelling
Kevin Forbes, Associate Professor, Catholic University of America - Renewable Energy and its Integration with Energy Markets, Electricity Policy and Regulation Matters


Dong Fu, ExxonMobil Corporation – ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040
Benjamin Schlesinger, BSA & Associates - Natural Gas Markets, Shale, LNG and Alternate Fuel Vehicles


Todd Onderdonk, ExxonMobil Corporation - ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040
Surya Rajan, Baker Hughes - International Shale Development - Prospects and Challenges