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2021 Annual Meeting


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Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

All events are in Maeder Hall Auditorium and will be offered virtually. Due to the nature of this hybrid event, certain speakers may be virtual, which is subject to change.

  • Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Maeder Hall, 92 Olden Street, Princeton, NJ


9:45 a.m.

Claire Gmachl, Interim Director of Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering; Head of Whitman College, Princeton University

Andrea J. Goldsmith, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science; Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

Keynote: Ørsted’s Green Business Transformation and the Next Frontier for Climate Action

10:00 a.m.

Thomas Thune Andersen, Chairman, Ørsted
In conversation with Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, Chief Executive Officer, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation; Former Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering, on leave from Princeton University

Panel: Traditional Heavyweights in the Hydrocarbon Business

11:00 a.m.

The future outlook for production and utilization of oil and gas is uncertain in the near term to 2030 but expected to decline substantially, under all scenarios consistent with longer-term goals of the Paris Agreement. Trillions of dollars are invested in existing hydrocarbon assets and a global supply chain infrastructure, and trillions more will need to be invested in the new energy economy. In this panel, we will hear from senior executives in traditional hydrocarbon industries on the opportunities and challenges they see in the energy transition.

Robert H. Socolow, Moderator, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Edward Stones, Global Business Director, Energy and Climate Change, Dow

Vijay Swarup, Vice President, ExxonMobil Research Engineering Company

Charlie Weiss, Senior Vice President, Environmental and Sustainability, Occidental Petroleum (Virtual)


12:15 p.m.

Panel: Disruptors and Emerging Technologies in Clean Energy

1:45 p.m.

Unencumbered by existing carbon-intensive assets and long-term contracts with suppliers and customers, a host of emerging players are disrupting the global energy economy. While the opportunities are enormous, these disruptors face their own different set of uncertainties and challenges – from variable uptake of demand-side technologies, inconsistent policy settings, the high cost of venture finance, and inertia in supply chains. In this panel, we will hear from three innovative leaders of high-profile companies at varying stages of rapid business growth.

Rodney Priestley, Moderator, Vice Dean for Innovation, Office of the Dean for Research; Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering; Associate Director, Princeton Center for Complex Materials, Princeton University

R. Brent Alderfer, Founder and Board Director, Community Energy, Inc.

Jane Hunter, Chief Executive Officer, Tritium (Virtual)

Mark Widmar, Chief Executive Officer, First Solar (Virtual)


3:00 p.m.

Panel: Enablers – Project Delivery, Capital Allocators, and Business Services

3:15 p.m.

At the heart of the energy transition are service providers who design, build, and service energy infrastructure, allocate capital, advise on strategy and audit performance for businesses in traditional and emerging sectors. Climate change and the energy transition are bringing new challenges, rapidly changing standards, and increased pressure from different stakeholders. In this panel, we will hear from senior executives in the services sectors on how they are navigating these challenges and supporting customers and investors as their companies and teams adapt to changing expectations.

Chris Greig, Moderator, Acting Associate Director for External Partnerships and Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Senior Research Scientist, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University (Virtual)

Christopher Ashton, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Worley (Virtual)

Scott L. Corwin, U.S. Leader for Sustainability and Climate Change, Deloitte (Virtual)

Scott Hobart, Chief Investment Officer, Mercator Partners (Virtual)


4:30 p.m.

Poster Session and Reception

4:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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