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Click HERE to read Dr. Tinker’s piece in Forbes Magazine on “Why “Keep It In the Ground’ Is Not Necessarily Green.”
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Director of Community and Planning Development
Kern County Planning & Natural Resources Department
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2017 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Scott Tinker
Director, Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
Scott Tinker’s passion for bringing academia, government, industry, and NGOs together to address major societal issues in energy, environment, and the economy has led him to more than 55 countries, where he has presented over 650 keynote and invited lectures. His work has been published in the scientific literature, Forbes and many other major media; cited in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal; and he has appeared on NPR and in other major media outlets. Dr. Tinker co-produced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film Switch, which has been seen by more than 15 million viewers in over 50 countries and screened on over 1,000 university campuses worldwide.
He recently founded the not-for-profit Switch Energy Alliance to globally advance energy education. Dr. Tinker is director of the 275-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as president of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Association of American State Geologists, and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. He is a Halbouty Leadership Medalist, Boyd Medalist, Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and honorary member of the AAPG, in addition to being awarded by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, AGI, AAPG, Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, and other organizations for his successful efforts to engage the public in science.
Dr. Tinker serves on many private, public, and academic boards and councils and advises governments worldwide. He graduated from the University of Colorado (Ph.D.), the University of Michigan (M.S.), and Trinity University (B.S.).
Click HERE to watch “Switch,” a 2008 documentary by documentary filmmaker Harry Lynch and Dr. Tinker on the global energy transition.
2017 Confirmed Speakers
Principal Manager of Asset Management and Generation Stategy Group
Southern California Edison
As the Principal Manager of Asset Management and Generation Strategy group at SCE, Vibhu is responsible for driving the major maintenance and capital investment decisions and maximize the returns for company’s hydroelectric, natural gas, energy storage, and solar power plants; performance benchmarking & asset optimization, water planning, asset condition monitoring, engineering and risk analysis; plant engineering; central work management program; central outage planning and scheduling; documents and records management for all of SCE’s generation assets.
Vibhu earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Manitoba, Canada. He is also a registered professional engineer. He is currently pursuing an executive MBA from UCLA Anderson.