Important Course Dates

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Course start date: August 15th, 2016
Last date to register: September 30th, 2016
Course end date: November 25th, 2016

Course Description

This 15 week course, which runs from August 15-November 25, allows you to learn first hand from industry experts in the Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals and Electric Power markets:

  • The current global energy challenge: markets, growth drivers, decision makers in both local and global contexts
  • The three pillar framework to decision making and the application of scenario analysis
  • The three sector energy value chain for decision making in each of these three energy markets, as well as how to apply scenario analysis for the best, sustainable decisions.

At the conclusion of this course, professionals will be armed with a solid practical foundation in the energy and environmental industry and be enabled to utilize this knowledge to provide leadership in the field. For more information, see entire course syllabus HERE

Course Format

The course is 100% self-paced, and students are able to work ahead in the course. Estimated workload per week is based on students completing one lesson per week. 


This course is normally priced at $1200 but is discounted to $500 for this first session. Don't wait, click HERE to register today!


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Estimated Workload: 2.5 Hours/Week

Prerequisites: None

Certificate Offered: Yes

Course Resources

Instructed by:


Charles D. McConnell

Charles D. McConnell is Executive Director of Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative, a university-wide integration of science, engineering, economic analysis, policy and social sciences to address the diverse issues and challenges associated with energy security, affordability and environmental sustainability. The effort is designed to partner with industry and external stakeholders and position Rice as an impartial broker that combines technology and policy to create a sustainable energy platform for excellence in resource utilization and environmental stewardship.

A 35-year veteran of the energy industry, McConnell joined Rice in August 2013 after serving two years as the Assistant Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. At DOE, McConnell was responsible for the strategic policy leadership, budgets, project management, and research and development of the department's coal, oil and gas, and advanced technologies programs, as well as for the operations and management of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the National Energy Technologies Laboratories.

Prior to joining DOE, McConnell served in senior and operational leadership positions with Carbon Management at Battelle Energy Technology and Praxair, Inc. McConnell holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA in finance from Cleveland State University.

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Frederick R. Eames

Frederick R. Eames is a parter at Hunton and Williams in Washington, D.C. Fred’s practice focuses on advocacy before the United States Congress and federal agencies, including legislation, rulemakings, permitting, and federal policy.

Fred’s areas of concentration include energy, environment, privacy, cybersecurity, and financial services. In the energy and environmental arena this includes work on electricity policy, carbon capture and sequestration, electric transmission, climate change, environmental risk management, infrastructure permitting, biomass, and waste issues. Regarding privacy and cybersecurity, Fred has worked on data breach notice and security legislation and a variety of related bills affecting commercial use and management of personal information, as well as issues legislation and regulation affecting owners of critical infrastructure. He has represented a variety of clients in the financial services arena on issues related to banking, insurance, institutional money management, real estate, and electronic payment transactions.

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John A. Harju

John A. Harju is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the EERC, where he leads efforts to build and grow dynamic working relationships with industry, government, and research entities globally in support of the EERC’s mission to provide practical, pioneering solutions to the world’s energy and environmental challenges. He represents the EERC regionally, nationally, and internationally in advancing its strategic energy and environmental initiatives focused on conventional and unconventional oil and gas development; zero-emission coal utilization; CO2 capture and sequestration; energy and water sustainability; hydrogen and fuel cells; advanced air emission control technologies, emphasizing SOx, NOx, air toxics, fine particulate, and mercury control; renewable energy; wind energy; water management; flood prevention; global climate change mitigation; waste utilization; energy efficiency; and contaminant cleanup. Mr. Harju’s principal areas of interest and expertise include carbon sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, unconventional oil and gas development, waste management, geochemistry, technology development, hydrology, and analytical chemistry, especially as applied to the upstream oil and gas industry.

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Jorge Leis

Jorge is the head of Bain & Company’s Oil & Gas practice in the Americas. He has more than 25 years of experience advising top business leaders across a broad array of industry segments including oil field services and equipment, exploration & production, refining & marketing and retail.Jorge's consulting experience spans a number of functional areas, including corporate and business unit strategy, organizational design and effectiveness, customer, supplier and supply chain management, new product development, marketing, mergers & acquisitions and post-acquisition integration.He has helped numerous clients achieve significant shareholder returns by improving strategic and financial position, achieving operational excellence and maximizing organizational effectiveness.

Jorge joined Bain in 1990 and was elected to the partnership in 1995. He helped found Bain’s Dallas office (1990), Costa Rica office (1993) and Houston office (2010), where he serves as Managing Director. Prior to working at Bain, Jorge worked in emerging technologies in the chemical processing industries and began his career with Shell Oil Company. He earned a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  He is a graduate of Arizona State University where he received a BSE in engineering.

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Michael Moore

Michael Moore is the Vice President of Energy Commodities and Advisory Services for FearnOil Inc., a Houston-based division of the Norwegian shipping/finance/commodity firm Astrup-Fearnley based in Oslo. Mr. Moore works on energy security issues and development of energy resources and related commodities, CO2-EOR, CCUS, infrastructure, technology advancement and providing related strategic advisory services. He provides energy advocacy in policy/regulations at Federal and State levels. In addition to FearnOil Inc., Mr. Moore is the Executive Director of The North American Carbon Capture Storage Association (NACCSA) in Washington, DC since 2008. He has more than 30 years of energy (oil, gas, coal, power, CO2, carbon) experience in brokering, marketing, business development, advocacy and strategy.

In December 2015 Mr. Moore was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by the King Harald V Norway for work between the US and Norway including work on CCS/CCUS.

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Michael J. Nasi

Mike Nasi is a partner with Jackson Walker LLP where he practices environmental and energy law. Mr. Nasi secures environmental permits for and is active in state and federal policy development on behalf of the electric power generation and mining industries. Mr. Nasi has been practicing before state and federal environmental and energy agencies and appellate courts for more than 23 years. Mike coordinates a multi-state outreach effort regarding EPA’s carbon dioxide regulations and has been involved in national and multi-state carbon capture technology development initiatives for the past 14 years.

Mike is counsel for rural electric cooperatives, mining companies, and other electric generation interests in ongoing EPA proceedings and appeals pending before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States, including appeals relating to the Mercury & Air Toxics Standards (MATS), the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), and EPA’s new carbon dioxide regulations regarding new, modified/reconstructed, and existing power plants.

Mike is the Immediate Past Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, Secretary of the Board for H2O for Texas, and an appointed member of the legislatively-created TCEQ Pollution Control Property Tax Exemption Advisory Committee. Mike is consistently recognized on several “Who’s Who” and “Best Lawyer” lists and was recently awarded the “Energy and Environmental Trailblazer Award” from the National Law Journal and profiled in the Austin Business Journal "Who's Who in Energy”. 

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