Dr. Arun Majumdar, director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA-E), and Dr. John Kessler, associate professor and chemical oceanographer at Texas A&M University, will be the keynote speakers at “Energy Forum 2011: Energy Security and Sustainability — Global Challenges.”

The forum, which is being hosted by the Energy Engineering Institute (EEI), is slated for Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 1-2) at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in College Station.

The two-day event will consist of expert panel discussions, keynote presentations, tours and exhibits. Additionally, participants will have opportunities to network with industry, government and other energy stakeholders, meet top energy engineering researchers and learn more about EEI and how to collaborate with the institute on addressing today’s energy challenges.

An expert panel, “Energy Security and Sustainability: A Policy Perspective,” will be moderated by Evan Smith, editor-in-chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune. The panel will consist of The Honorable Barry Smitherman, chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas; The Honorable Dr. Bryan Shaw, chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; and The Honorable Elizabeth Ames Jones, commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Ray Rothrock (partner, Venrock), Janeen Judah (president, Chevron Environmental Management Company) and George Crabtree (senior scientist and distinguished fellow, Argonne National Laboratory) will lead expert panel discussions. Todd Onderdonk (senior energy advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation) will deliver a distinguished lecture.

For more information on the forum, or to register, visit

About EEI: EEI is part of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), which is a member of The Texas A&M University System. EEI was established to engage in basic, applied and applications research and technology development, demonstration and deployment across the entire spectrum of energy-specific resource domains that will be required to guarantee that our nation’s energy future is secure.

About TEES — TEES is the engineering research agency of the State of Texas and a member of The Texas A&M University System. TEES researchers conduct quality research and provide practical answers to critical state and national needs.  The agency partners with industry, communities and academic institutions to solve problems to help improve the quality of life, promote economic development and enhance the educational systems of Texas. TEES also promotes new technology education and investigates problems in health and the environment.

About the A&M System: The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates nearly 115,000 students and makes more than 22 million