Information regarding speakers for the 2018 Responsible Shale Energy Symposium will be added as more information becomes available and a preliminary schedule is confirmed. 

The 2018 RSEE meeting will host a wide array of dynamic and informed speakers including the individuals listed on the following page.  A printable version of the schedule is available HERE and speakers are listed alphabetically by their last name.

Josh Adler - Sourcewater, Inc.

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Josh is currently the Founding Chief Executive of Sourcewater, Inc., the online marketplace and database for water sourcing, recycling, and disposal in the energy ecosystem. Sourcewater’s digital platform for water data and trading enables energy producers to minimize their primary operating cost, ensures the mission-critical water supply chain, and reduces the environmental and community impacts of upstream energy production. Sourcewater has been honored by IHS CERAWeek as an Energy Innovation Pioneer, by Imagine H2O as a Global Finalist, by the Oil & Gas Awards as New Technology of the Year, by Tudor, Pickering, Holt as an Energy Disruptor, by the CleanTech Open with the first CTO Water Prize, and by SxSW Eco, the Rice Energy Alliance, MassChallenge, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Northeast Water Innovation Network which named him the first New England Water Innovator of the Year. In addition, Mr. Adler has founded energy, real estate, medical technology, and Internet companies, and served as a senior U.S. economic policy official for President George W. Bush. He is a graduate of Yale and MIT.

Steve Coffee - Enerscope Systems, Inc.

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Mr. Coffee has founded and lead various companies in the upstream oil & gas sector and in his current capacity is the founder and operational leader within Enerscope Systems Inc., Enerscope Systems Malaysia and DesanderPro. While predominately in management roles, he has published articles in Oil & Gas Technology, Oil & Gas Agenda and World Oil as well as authored dozens of technical papers. Having played key roles in several product development teams over the years that have created many new products for the market, he is always pushing technology boundaries.

Steve was currently re-elected to the role of President of the Produced Water Society (Global Water Intelligence) and created their Young Professional Program as well as being an active member in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), SPE’s eMentor program, TUL NEL Produced Water Club, Neft Oil & Gas and acts as lead on several technical committees.

Kiah Collier - The Texas Tribune

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Ms. Collier reports on energy and the environment for The Texas Tribune. Since graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in philosophy and multimedia journalism, Kiah has reported for publications across the state, including the Austin-American Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. At the Tribune, she regularly collaborates with national publications to publish deep-dives into environmental and energy issues that impact Texans. In 2017, she won a Peabody Award for her work on one of those projects, Hell and High Water, which examined research into a specific type of hurricane scientists say will eventually devastate the city of Houston.

Gabriel Collins - Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies & Rice University

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Gabriel Collins is the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies. He was previously an associate attorney at Baker Hostetler, LLP, and is the co-founder of the China SignPost™ analysis portal. Collins has worked in the Department of Defense as a China analyst and as a private sector global commodity researcher. His work currently focuses on legal, environmental and economic issues relating to water — including the food-water-energy nexus — as well as unconventional oil and gas development, and the intersection between global commodity markets and a range of environmental, legal and national security issues. His analysis draws from a broad swath of geospatial and other data streams, and often incorporates insights from sources in Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Collins received his B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Texas.

Frank Dorman - The Pennsylvania State University

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Frank Dorman is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at Penn State University in University Park, PA. Additionally, Frank is also a member of the Graduate Faculty in: Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology (BMMB), Chemistry and the Forensics Science, and Biogeochemistry (BGC) Programs at Penn State as well as a member of the Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis at Penn State. In addition to student mentoring and instruction, Frank’s research interests are in gas and liquid chromatography fundamental characterization, instrumentation and column development, as well and mass spectrometry and atomic spectroscopy as applied to trace analysis in complex sample matrices. This work is directed towards environmental forensics, traditional forensic chemistry and where environmental exposure events may contribute to human disease; sometimes referred to as “exposomics”.

Prior to joining the faculty at PSU, Frank was at Restek Corporation for 14 years as the Director of Technical Development and a Senior Chemist and Organics Section Manager for Sample Preparation at Inchcape Testing Services for 5 years.

Frank has extensive experience with both GC and LC separations, mass spectrometry, sample preparation and atomic spectroscopy, having developed analytical methods for a wide variety of organic and organometallic compounds and elemental analysis in various sample matrices.

John Durand - WaterBridge Resources, LLC

John Durand has more than three decades of industry expertise, having held executive leadership positions across multiple disciplines, spanning upstream oil and gas, midstream services, commodity marketing and power generation. Prior to joining WaterBridge Resources, Mr. Durand served on the Management Team of Pioneer Water Management, where he oversaw the commercial, logistics and supply sourcing functions for the largest midstream water operation in North America. In addition, John served as the commercial lead in negotiating landmark agreements with the cities of Odessa and Midland to purchase municipal effluent for Pioneer's long-term development requirements.

Mr. Durand earned an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas and a B.S. degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Louisiana.

Anne Epstein, MD - Texas Tech University

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Dr. Epstein received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1981. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine, as well as being a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  Previously, she served as a professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock TX. Since 1995, she has been engaged in the private practice of Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Texas Tech.

Appointed to the City of Lubbock Board of Health in 2010, Dr. Epstein chaired the Board in 2015 and 2016.   She also chaired the Board of Health Fracking Committee which recommended changes to the Lubbock Oil and Gas ordinance.  She was appointed to the Lubbock Oil and Gas Citizen Advisory Committee by City Council in May 2013 and in March 2015, the Lubbock City Council adopted changes to the oil and gas ordinance. 

DeLaine Fletcher - Hunt Consolidated

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DeLaine Fletcher has over 30 years in the field of environmental, health, and safety.  Currently, she is the Environmental, Health, and Safety Director for Hunt Consolidated in Dallas, Texas.  She started her career as an emergency response, CERCLA, and RCRA compliance contractor for US EPA in three regions where her role included providing monitoring and oversight for Immediate Removal Actions for Superfund sites. She has also worked in environmental consulting and as EHS Manager for a variety of industries, including manufacturing, battery recycling, and oil and gas. 

DeLaine believes in working with industry on the “frontlines” to apply EHS principles to the day-to-day issues that people in industry work on every day.  She will discuss the components of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System at Hunt and what the implications of effective management are for a complex process.

Allen Gilmer - Drillinginfo, Inc.

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Mr. Gilmer is the co-founder, former CEO, and current Executive Chairman of Drillinginfo, Inc., the most quickly and widely adopted software platform in the history of the oil and gas industry. Today, nearly 3,500 companies comprising over 90% of US oil and gas capex subscribe to Drillinginfo's SaaS offerings. Drillinginfo has 545 full time employees in offices all over the world. Prior to founding Drillinginfo, he was an independent oil and gas producer at three successful oil and gas companies that have sourced over 100 million barrels of oil.

Allen is current Chairman of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners (TIPRO), past Texas Chair and National Board member of the DOE's Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC), and member of the Advisory Board of UTEP's College of Science, Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board, and several other nonprofit organizations. He was Austin Business Journal's Large Company CEO of the Year in 2014,Texas Monthly's Texas Outstanding Geoscientist in 2012, and Top 100 Energy Influencers in 2011. 

He received a B.A. in Geology from Rice University in 1984, and an M.S. in Geology from UTEP in 1987.

Zacariah Hildenbrand, PhD - CLEAR, Inform Environmental, LLC


Zacariah L. Hildenbrand received his bachelors of science and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso, where he also played on the men’s intercollegiate golf team. Dr. Hildenbrand continued his training as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Hildenbrand is the principal founder of Inform Environmental, LLC and sits on the scientific advisory board of the Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation at the University of Texas at Arlington. Together with his colleagues at UT-Arlington, Dr. Hildenbrand has coordinated environmental monitoring and remediation projects all across Texas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. This research has produced more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Hildenbrand is determined to generate a deeper understanding of energy extraction and to develop solutions for environmental remediation and the recycling of anthropogenic wastes.

Jennifer Hiller, The San Antonio Express-News

Jennifer Hiller writes about oil for the San Antonio Express-News. She previously worked at the Honolulu Advertiser and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and has received several state and national awards for her work. She's a Houston native and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Jennifer has won several Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Awards, including first place for business writing in 2011. She has also received awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and the Society of Business Editors and Writers. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Clint Layman- Challenger Water Solutions

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Clint Layman is the CEO of Challenger Water Solutions.  Working in oil and gas since 2004 as a contractor providing custom fabrication and field mechanic services to frac companies. In 2009 he began consulting with groups of investors that owned service companies and providing operations consuting. During this time he was tasked with seeking out a complete water solution. The technology he reveiwed couldn't meet the requirements of the customers full expectations. In 2015 he founded Challenger Water Solutions LLC and began working on the Challenger technology. In July of 2016 the Challenger unit was deployed to the field over the next 2 years of succesful field testing and 3rd party validation he took Challenger into commercialization. Today he is working to better the data acquisition and further automation the Challenger technology.


Michael John Mitton - Mitton Cavitation Technology Inc. (MCTI)

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Mr. Mitton is President and Director of Research and Development of Mitton Cavitation Technology, Inc. He has been recognized by the United Nations National Committee Canada for Outstanding Commitment to Clean Energy and Clean Water and was the recipient of 2013 Deloitte Green 15 Award.  He spent seven years as mechanical fabricator and designer for pneumatic robotic systems, developed specialty applications for the food and plastics industries, and gained extensive practical applications in welding technology.  In the past, Mr. Mitton spent three years as head of Scientific Research and Experimental Development for ITML Industries where he was a Project Facilitator for implementation and development of new systems and operations as well as six years as proprietor of Orchid Consulting where he offered industrial technical support and automation system design for automotive, plastic, and forestry systems.

Dan Mueller - Environmental Defense Fund

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Dan Mueller's areas of expertise is oil & gas exploration and production, hydraulic fracturing, energy, carbon capture and sequestration, environmental regulations, surface and subsurface hydrology.  He is EDF’s Director, Natural Gas Exploration, and Production with his efforts focused on reducing impacts to water resources, ecosystems, and human health of natural gas upstream operations including well drilling and construction, hydraulic fracturing, water sourcing, wastewater treatment and recycling, and waste management.

Wiley Rhodes - Newpoint Gas, LLC

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Founder of One Step In Foundation (1Si) and CEO of Newpoint Gas, LLC, Wiley has over three decades of experience in natural gas and hydrocarbon development. With his wide range of international experience and an eye on advances in process technologies, he has worked to establish a dialog between oil and gas innovators and the environmental community on reducing the ecological impact of producing and transporting these natural resources. With experience in cryogenic gas processing and the removal of natural gas contaminates such as CO2, Arsenic, and H2S, he has included the elimination of methane and hydrocarbon emissions since 2015.

Inês Santos, PhD - CLEAR, UT Arlington

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Inês C. Santos is a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Kevin Schug in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). She obtained her PhD degree in Biotechnology with specialization in Chemistry at the Faculty of Biotechnology of the Portuguese Catholic University (ESB-UCP) in 2015. She has a MSc and a bachelor degree from ESB-UCP on Microbiology. Her research interest is focused on the development of new gas chromatography – vacuum ultraviolet absorption detection methods and the use of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization – mass spectrometry to study the microbiome in environmental samples and to identify organic-degrading bacteria for bioremediation.


Kevin Schug, PhD - CLEAR, UT Arlington

Kevin A. Schug is Professor and the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He is also Director of the Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CLEAR) at UTA. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1998 from The College of William & Mary, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Harold M. McNair. From 2003-2005, he performed post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lindner at the University of Vienna in Austria. He joined UTA in 2005. He has over 120 peer-reviewed publications and 500 presentations, posters, and invited talks to his group’s credit. He has been the primary mentor and research advisor to more than 20 graduate and 50 undergraduate students.

Sue Snyder - Enviro Water Minerals Company (EWM)

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Sue Snyder is the Chief Operating Officer for Enviro Water Minerals Company (EWM).  She has a degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas, and various certificates from Notre Dame’s Mendoza Business School. Her prior experience ranges from being a Partner in a major international law firm to Vice President in a Fortune 500 international technology company to teaching at the university level in areas involving business law, environmental law, corporate responsibility, and international business. Ms. Snyder has been instrumental in water endeavors, in creating public private partnerships around the world, and has experience negotiating with large companies and governments. Ms. Snyder has worked in over forty countries, negotiated international agreements and has been an advisor on two presidential campaigns. Her skills and experience have been a welcome addition to EWM in its endeavor to create game-changing water solutions that provide public, social and economic benefits.

Paula Stigler Granados, PhD, MSPH - Texas State University

Paula Stigler Granados is an Assistant Professor in Community Health Practice at the Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She received her PhD from the University of California San Diego in Global Health. Her interests in environmental health and vulnerable communities has led her to conduct research on water and sanitation along the U.S./Mexico border, focusing on low-income communities. Utilizing a community based participatory research model has strengthened her capacity to work closely with rural populations and better understand the role of culture and social networks in addressing vulnerabilities to resources such as clean water. Her most recent research has been in partnership with UT Arlington looking at health, water perceptions, and analytical determination of contamination of rural community water sources in the Eagle Ford Shale, focused on Frio County, Texas.

Joel Warner - Karve IoT

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Joel leads business development for Karve IoT. Starting his career in renewable semiconductor research, he gained experience bringing new technology from ideation to market. From working with startups to fortune 50 companies, Joel has seen how technology can streamline operations, reduce cost and lower environmental impact. Karve IoT is his latest project to curb logistical waste and inefficiency for the oil and gas industry.