Mines Carbon Management Symposium – May 19, 2023

Please join Mines Global Future Initiative for a Carbon Management Symposium on Friday, May 19, 2023.


Colorado School of Mines’ Global Energy Future Initiative and CCUS Innovation Center invite you to join leading experts, policymakers, and industry professionals for the first Carbon Management Symposium. The event will feature keynote presentations and panel discussions that address a variety of topics including current challenges facing decarbonization, the economics of carbon capture and exciting advancements in CCUS technology. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions, network with peers, and learn about the future of CCUS. Register now to secure your spot.

Event Date: Friday, May 19, 2023
Event Time: 9:00am – 5:30pm MT
Networking Reception: 5:30pm – 6:30pm MT
Location: Ben H. Parker Student Center, Ballrooms AB, Colorado School of Mines, 1516 Maple St, Golden, CO 80401 (MAP IT)
Parking: Click here for visitor parking information
Accommodations: Click here for hotel options near campus
*Registration can be for the morning sessions, the afternoon sessions, or both!

Event Topics Include:
– Managing carbon in the future energy system
– The carbon economy
– Decarbonizing industry (steel, concrete, etc.)
– Meeting infrastructure needs
– Geologic storage, EOR, and CO2 supply

For more information, or with questions please contact global@mines.edu.

– Making capture cheaper
– Challenges in transportation and geologic storage                   
– Monitoring
– The start-up perspectives – how can innovators survive?       
– Policy perspectives and why CCUS is important to the US   
– The carbon economy

Guest Speakers

Marcelo Andrade, Group Manager – Process Efficiency & Sustainability, ArcelorMittal

Marcelo Andrade is a chemical engineer and holds a M.Sc.. in Industrial Engineering, with 28 years in the steel business with ArcelorMittal and predecessors. Marcelo began his career in today’s ArcelorMittal Tubarao, a 7.5 million tons a year integrated steel mill in Vitoria, Brazil, his country of birth. During 14 years in operations, Marcelo worked in the coke plant, blast furnace and sinter plant. In 2007, Marcelo moved from Brazil to the US joining ArcelorMittal global R&D leading the Raw Materials & Ironmaking group that has been recently renamed Process Efficiency & Sustainability to address the ever-growing need for decarbonization. Among the areas under his responsibility are decarbonization, ironmaking including DRI, recycling and energy.

Muhammad Arafin, Ph.D., Vice President, R&D North America, EVRAZ North America

Muhammad Arafin is the Vice President of Research and Development, North America at EVRAZ North America (ENA), one of the leading vertically integrated steel manufacturers in North America. In this role, he is responsible for all product development and innovation efforts across their North American operation, including energy tubulars for hydrogen, CO2 and oil and gas applications, rail, rod and bar and specialty plates and coils. Prior to joining ENA, he was the Program Manager for Pipelines at CanmetMATERIALS, Natural Resources Canada and, before that, was a Research Engineer for ArcelorMittal Global R&D in Ghent, Belgium. Muhammad holds a PhD in Materials Engineering from McGill University and is the author/co-author of over 50 publications.

Martin Bojorquez, R&D, GCC

Martin Bojorquez is an accomplished professional with a Master’s and a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology from the Center for Advanced Materials Research (CIMAV), Mexico. He has gained valuable experience as an educator for a period of five years.

Martin has recently transitioned into the research field and has spent the last three years working for GCC. He has been actively involved in projects related to the mitigation of emissions, including CCU/CCS, and the reduction of the clinker factor. Additionally, Martin has been instrumental in the development of new products for the company.

Recently, he has focused on the search for new SCMs, their characterization and performance improvement in blended cements.

Gareth Burton, Vice President – Technology, ABS

Gareth Burton is Vice President – Technology for ABS. He began his career with a consulting engineering company before joining ABS in 2001. During his time with ABS, he has held various leadership roles in engineering, business management and product development in the U.S., Mexico and Singapore. In his current role, he is responsible for the development and execution of the ABS research program. Gareth holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Manchester, England and master’s and doctorate Engineering degrees from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In addition, he has completed the Executive MBA program at Texas A&M University.

James Fann, Vice-President, Business Development & Corporate Affairs, International CCS Knowledge Centre

As the Vice-President of Business Development and Corporate Affairs, James is responsible for enhancing business growth by developing partnerships and seeking new business opportunities for the Knowledge Centre to support the development of CCS projects globally.
Prior to joining the Knowledge Centre, James spent nearly two decades working in Canada’s oil and gas sector, and was most recently a business officer with the Government of Canada, working with Indigenous communities, municipal governments and not-for-profit organizations to make investments to enhance community infrastructure. His career to date has spanned technical and leadership roles in oil sands, conventional oil and gas, midstream, refining and technology development, as well as strategic and corporate functions that include acquisition and divestitures, investor relations, corporate planning and human resources. He has extensive experience working on strategic initiatives at the executive and board level.
James holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Global Energy Executive MBA from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

James Glass, Director of Engineering, Kinder Morgan Energy Transition Ventures

James Glass is currently Director – Engineering for Kinder Morgan Energy Transition Ventures with responsibilities across the energy transition space. At Kinder Morgan, he was previously in the CO2 business unit for eight years with responsibilities in business development, engineering, and operations support. He has worked in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the oil & gas industry during his career which includes previous positions at Exxon and Anadarko Petroleum, both domestic and international. He holds a B.S. ChE with Honors from the University of Florida and a M.S. ChE from Louisiana State University. In addition, he is a registered professional engineer in three states and has been awarded seven US patents covering textiles manufacturing, oil refining, and gas treating.

Kevin John, Applied Energy Programs Deputy Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory 

Kevin John is an experienced manager of large technical teams, complex programs and dynamic projects with approximately 25 years of experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). His leadership experiences have ranged from fundamental science to applied science coupled with high-impact/high-consequence milestones.  Kevin holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.  He presently works as part of the LANL Applied Energy programs team, with particular focus on regional energy transition initiatives such as the Intermountain West Energy & Sustainability Transitions (I-WEST, see https://iwest.org/) effort and the recently formed Four Corners Rapid Response Team) that is part of the Interagency Working Group focusing on coal communities (see https://energycommunities.gov/).

Dr. Klaus Lackner, Director of Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University

Dr. Klaus Lackner is the Director of Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University. Lackner’s research interests include closing the carbon cycle by capturing carbon dioxide from the air, carbon sequestration, carbon foot-printing, innovative energy and infrastructure systems and their scaling properties, the role of automation, robotics and mass-manufacturing in downscaling infrastructure systems, and energy and environmental policy. Lackner’s scientific career started in the phenomenology of weakly interacting particles. Later searching for quarks, he and George Zweig developed the chemistry of atoms with fractional nuclear charge. After joining Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lackner became involved in hydrodynamic work and fusion related research. In recent years, he has published on the behavior of high explosives, novel approaches to inertial confinement fusion, and numerical algorithms.  His interest in self-replicating machine systems has been recognized by Discover Magazine as one of seven ideas that could change the world. Trained as a theoretical physicist, he has made a number of contributions to the field of carbon capture and storage since 1995, including early work on the sequestration of carbon dioxide in silicate minerals and zero emission power plant design. In 1999, he was the first person to suggest the artificial capture of carbon dioxide from air in the context of carbon management. His recent work at Columbia University as Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy advanced innovative approaches to energy issues of the future and the pursuit of environmentally acceptable technologies for the use of fossil fuels.

Benjamin Lascaud, CCUS Project Integration Manager, ConocoPhillips 

Benjamin Lascaud is CCUS Project Integration Manager – Low Carbon Technologies team for ConocoPhillips. A reservoir engineer by background, Ben has 24 years of experience working in the Oil and Gas industry in the UK, Norway, France, and the US. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, he worked for BP and Total. Ben has served in various roles in business units, exploration and corporate groups working on conventional and unconventional assets. In his current role, Ben leads a multi-disciplinary team focused on creating CCS opportunities for the company. Ben earned a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Grenoble Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University.

John Litynski, Director for Carbon Transport Storage, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, U.S. Department of Energy

John currently serves as the Director for Carbon Transport and Storage in the Department of Energy’s Office of Carbon Management. He previously served as the Deputy Director for Research and Development in the Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Program Manager for Carbon Capture at Department of Energy, and as a senior team lead on environmental compliance and assessment with the U.S Army. He has over 25 years of experience working on environmental compliance and technology development for the energy industry and Department of Defense. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Engineering and Science.

Brian Owens, President & GM Rockies Business Unit, Oxy

Brian Owens is Occidental’s President and General Manager of the Rockies business unit, which includes responsibilities for the Denver-Julesburg  and Powder River Basins. He is responsible for improving operational excellence, developing the oil and natural gas assets responsibly and with capital efficiency, and ensuring a steadfast commitment to Health, Safety, and the Environment.

Brian has three decades of technical and management experience. He previously worked for two years in Occidental’s Technical Support team, which involved serving as the interim Senior Vice President of Technical Support (Drilling and Completions, Production Engineering, Subsurface Engineering, Data Management and Analytics, and Field Operations) while also handling the role of Vice President of Subsurface Engineering. Prior to moving into the Technical Support team, Brian was a Development Director in Permian Resources and part of the early successes in the Delaware Basin in southeast New Mexico. He has worked in numerous roles across California, Qatar, and Colombia.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). He has served on the CSM Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board and was part of the CSM Petroleum Engineering Visiting Committee (2019). In 2020, he became the Vice Chair of the CSM CCUS Advisory Task Force. Brian has assisted six veterans through the non-profit American Corporate Partners, which involves a one-year commitment with each veteran to facilitate the transition to civilian life. In 2022, Brian joined the Colorado Business Roundtable Board of Directors and Colorado Concern.

ZACH PENDLETON, Chief Executive Officer, FCM Carbon Solutions

Zach has spent his career in the energy industry, building and leading teams in Finance, Operations, Strategy, and Project Management. In 2020, he founded FCM Carbon Solutions, a private equity-backed decarbonization project developer focused primarily on geologic carbon sequestration opportunities in the Mountain region, where he currently serves as CEO. Prior to founding FCM, Zach served in numerous leadership roles within Noble Energy, ultimately serving as Head of Asset Development for Noble Energy in Colorado, where he oversaw the new-drill program and M&A activities for the DJ Basin. While in this role, Zach also spearheaded Noble Energy’s carbon management initiatives in Colorado, and the knowledge gained through this work led him to identify a practical need for near-term carbon emissions solutions in the industrial sector. FCM was founded to address these needs.

Kyle Quackenbush, Segment President – Liquids (Crude Oil and CO2), Tallgrass Energy

Kyle Quackenbush is the Segment President of Liquids at Tallgrass, where he oversees the company’s carbon dioxide transportation and sequestration projects.  Kyle has spent his career in the midstream energy industry, with specific experience in asset origination, business development, finance and analysis for multiple asset platforms across the country.  He earned his MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, and his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College.

ASHLEIGH ROSS, Vice President, Strategic Engagement and Policy, Carbon America

Ashleigh Ross has 20 years of dedication to CCS across a broad range including strategy, technology, policy, economics, commercial and project development, and deep subsurface expertise, and was recently appointed to the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s CCS permitting task force. With Carbon America, she is leading internal and industry-wide policy and advocacy efforts to ensure a robust, effective, and efficient landscape for CCS deployment. In previous roles, she was responsible for the development of BP’s CCUS strategy and portfolio and serves as CCS expert and reservoir engineer at ConocoPhillips. Ashleigh has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, M.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Technology and Policy from M.I.T. focused on techno-economic based deployment strategies for CCS, and an M.Phil. in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates scholar.

Graham Stahnke, PE, Exploration and Regulatory Manager, Southern Ute Indian Tribe – Growth Fund, Department of Energy

Graham Stahnke is currently the Exploration and Regulatory Manager for the Southern Ute Department of Energy. Graham is a professional engineer with over 20 years of technical and project management experience in the energy industry and has been a key member of project teams supporting asset acquisitions, divestments and energy development projects spanning numerous oil and gas plays throughout the western United States and Alaska.

Alex Tiller, President & CEO, Carbonvert

Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office

NIK WOOD, Senior Vice President – CCUS, Denbury

Nikulas Wood, Senior Vice President – CCUS, joined Denbury in 2005. Prior to being named Senior Vice President in April 2021, Mr. Wood served as Vice President – Rocky Mountain Region. During his tenure at Denbury, Mr. Wood has served in progressive leadership roles across the organization, including Director of Development Design, Gulf Coast Region Asset Manager, Manager of Acquisitions and Divestitures and Manager of Corporate Planning. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wood served in various reservoir, production and operations engineering roles, including positions at Republic Energy Inc. and Halliburton Energy Services. Mr. Wood earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from Purdue University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University.


Morgan Bazilian, Director of the Payne Institute and Professor of Public Policy

John Bradford, Vice President for Global Initiatives

Robert Braun, Director of the Advanced Energy Systems Program and Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Brad Handler, Payne Institute Program Manager, Sustainable Finance Lab, and Researcher

Ian Lange, Associate Professor, Economics and Business

Anna Littlefield, Payne Institute CCUS Program Manager and Research Associate

C. Michael McGuirk, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Alexis Navarre-Sitchler, Professor and Ben Fryrear Endowed Chair for Innovation and Excellence, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

Manika Prasad, Director, Mines CCUS Innovation Center

Sid Saleh, Director, McNeil Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

John Speer, Director, Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center, and Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Lori Tunstall, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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