Master’s Saturday Presentations

As a requirement for the EER degree, all students must present a professional talk on Master’s Saturday. The Director’s Award is given to those students whose research and presentation of that research are judged to be exemplary. The winners are publicly recognized and receive a financial award.

Each presentation is no longer than 12 minutes and should have the following parts: Title page; outline of the presentation; a clear statement of the problem and its relevance; introduction/background (puts the problem in context); data used and methodology; results; interpretation of results/conclusions; acknowledgement of those who helped during research.

For 2020, two students received this honor. The Recipients of the 2020 Director’s Award were Miss Kristin Cook and Miss Dilge Kanoglu in the amount of $250 each. The award recognizes a well written thesis, insightful research, and an excellent oral presentation during Master’s Saturday, held via Zoom this spring and summer.

Summer 2020 Graduates

Indre Altman, Submarine Channel Curvature and Migration Distance: A study of Joshua Channel with Implications for Sinuous Submarine Channel Geomorphology and Deepwater Reservoir Prospectivity (David Mohrig and Zoltan Sylvester)

Stephanie Arnold, Operating at the Intersection of Social, Engineered, and Natural Systems: Assessing Hydrologic Impacts of Green Stormwater Infrastructure Based on Stated Rates of Adoption (Kasey Faust)

Reuben Gol, Examination of Microalgal Biofouling in a Constant-Flux Crossflow Filtration System Comparing Polymeric and Carbon-Nanotube Membranes (Schonna Manning and Carey King)

Maryam Rasti, Nuclear Small Modular Reactors: An Analysis of Projected Cost Estimates and Economic Competitiveness (Fred Beach)

Heather Rose, A Study of the Interdependency of Hydroponic Wastewater Quality and the Energy and Costs for Onsite Treatment (Kasey Faust and Michael Webber)

Saad Siddique, Exploring Strategic Motives behind cost and time overruns in Oil and Gas Infrastructure Projects (Svetlana Ikonnikova)

Spring 2020 Graduates

Juan Acevedo, Analysis of Wastewater Injection and Prospect Regions for Induced Seismicity in  the Texas Panhandle, USA (Michael Young and Bridget Scanlon)

EER Director’s Award: Kristin Cook, Inescapable Obligation – The Treatment of Well Decommissioning Liability in Recent Oil and Gas Bankruptcies (David Spence)

Victoria Ibarra, Can We Measure Equitable Access at the Intersection of Social and Natural Systems? A Look at the Spatial and Social Distribution of Urban Parks (Kasey Faust)

EER Director’s Award: Dilge Kanoglu Ozkan, The Social Acceptance of Shale Gas Development: Evidence from the United States (Richard Chuchla and John  C. Butler)

Emily Pease, Theory-Guided Data Science: Combining Machine Learning with Domain Expertise to Predict  Springflow (Suzanne Pierce)

Jennifer Sauer, 24X7 Load Matching with Wind, Solar Photovoltaic, and Battery Storage Power Plants (John C. Butler) MBA Dual Degree

Laura Sigelmann, Climate Change and Migration in Cambodia: An Analysis of Spatiotemporal Trends in Water Availability and Migration (Bridget Scanlon and Joshua Busby)  Global Policy Studies Dual  Degree

Nelson Waltrip, Evaluation of Regional Trends in Production for Olmos and Lower Wilcox Lobo Trends, Onshore South Texas, USA (John Snedden and Richard Chuchla)

For 2019, two students received this recognition, Mr. Fernando Apango Perez and Mr. Omar Ramirez Garcia, in the amount of $250 each for their insightful research and excellent Master’s Saturday presentation.

The Spring 2019 Master’s Saturday event, held May 4, 2019, featured the following students.

Chinelo Agbim, Residential Texas Energy Poverty: A Study Comparing  Subjective and Objective Measures of Energy Poverty (Kasey Faust) Dual Degree Public Affairs

Matthew Haley, Modernizing Commerical Rate Design to Align the Private Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources with System and Social Welfare (Fred Beach) Dual Degree Public Affairs

Cody Hoffman, Boom or Bust: Texas Offshore Wind Industry Faces Economic Challenges (Fred Beach) Dual Degree MBA

Mark Reid, Assessing the Effectiveness of the EU ETS Through the Oil and Gas Sector (Carey King)

Dong Hyun Kim, Economic Analysis and Risk Management for the South Sumatra Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Indonesia (David J. Eaton)

Josia Timothy Simanjuntak, Challenges and Opportunites for the Development of Shale Gas in Indonesia (William Fisher and Svetlana Ikonnikova)

Sydney Kase, Texas Groundwater Conservation District Policy: Content Mining and Statistical Analysis (Sheila Olmstead)

Sarah Prentice, The Effect of Methane and Fluid Geometry on  CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (Susan Hovorka and William Fisher)

EER Director’s Award: Omar Ramirez Garcia, Geologic Characterization and Modeling for Quantifying CO2 Storage Capacity of the High Island 10-L Field in Texas State Waters, Offshore Gulf of Mexico (Timothy A. Meckel and Richard J. Chuchla)

EER Director’s Award: Fernando Agustin Apango Perez  Analysis of Hydrocarbon under-filled Miocene Deep-Water Reservoirs, Eastern Mexico Offshore (John W. Snedden and Richard J. Chuchla)

Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 event, held on December 4, 2018, featured these students:

Audrey Pfeil, Energy and Water Production Trends in the Powder River Basin  (Bridget Scanlon)

Elbin Collado, An Analysis of Drought Management Plans in Texas  (Charles Kreitler and David J Eaton)


Spring 2018

As a requirement for the EER degree, all students must present a professional talk on Master’s Saturday. This semester’s event, on April 21, 2018, featured a diverse set of research topics. The Director’s Award is given to those students whose research and presentation of that research are judged to be exemplary. The winners are publicly recognized and receive a financial award.

Four students received this honor, Mr. John Adamo, Mr. Christopher Lanham, Mr. Justin Thompson and Mr. Peter Tutton,  on May 14, 2018, at a celebration dinner. In addition, Mr. Samer Atshan received the Emmette S. Redford Award from the LBJ School of Public Affairs for his outstanding research.

The EER program congratulates each of our 2018 EER Master’s Saturday Presenters. Below you will find their presentation titles and supervisor. Those that are dual degree recipients are noted:

EER Director’s Award: John Adamo, On the Sustainability of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a Marine Fuel in a Post-IMO 0.5% Sulfur Cap Environment (Fred Beach) Dual Degree: MBA

EER Director’s Award: Christopher Lanham, Optimal Decarbonization Pathways for Urban Residential Building Energy Services (Benjamin Leibowicz)

EER Director’s Award: Justin Thompson, Groundwater Management and Maximum Economically Recoverable Storage (Charles Kreitler) Dual Degree Global Policy Studies

EER Director’s Award: Peter Tutton, Carbon Capture and Storage Network Optimization under Uncertainty (Benjamin Leibowicz)

Regina Montserrat Canals López Velarde, Water supply issues in the Valle de Mexico: User side perceptions (Suzanne Pierce)

Shengzhou Wang, The Study of Geomechanical and Petrophysical Characterization of Longmaxi Formation, South Sichuan Basin, China (William Fisher)

Bingjie Zhang, The Variability of Shelf-margin Morphology and Controlling Factors: A Case Study of A Northwestern South China Sea Shelf-margin (Ron Steel)

Pamela Daitch, Lithium Extraction from Oilfield Brine (Richard Chuchla) Dual Degree MBA

Cho Lai, Macroscale Modeling linking Energy and Economics (Carey King)

Henar Rabadan Perucha, Methodology for Energy Transition Evaluation, Case Study: The Balearic Islands, Spain (Fred Beach)

Erin Poteet, Equal, Equitable, or Optimal: A comparative analysis of the regional policies and financial structures impacting residential solar adoption (Fred Beach) Dual Degree MBA

Olivia Loa, Economic Analysis of Wind Power Integration in Eastern Sumba Grid (Fred Beach)

Xiaoran Liu, Using the Binomial Model for the Valuation of Real Options in Computing Optimal Subsidies for Chinese Renewable Energy Investments (Ehud Ronn)

Samer Atshan,  Determinants of Environmental Behavior: The Effect of Social Context (Patrick Bixler) Dual Degree Public Affairs

Madeline Gould, Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Evaluating the Success and Outlook of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone Legislation in Texas (David Spence)

Jingwei Meng, A regression analysis of the prices of ancillary services in the Texas market (Ross Baldick)

Brooke Holleman, Coal Belt to Sun Belt: Using Former Mine Mouth Coal Plants for Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants in ERCOT (Fred Beach) Dual Degree Public Affairs

Parker Brant, Lithofacies Variability and Reservoir Quality of the Strawn Reef Limestone: Eastern Shelf, Permian Basin (William Ambrose)

Fall 2017

The EER program congratulates our two December graduates for their achievements and presentations.

David Clay, Reservoir Analysis and Depositional Systems of the Upper Cretaceous Woodbine Group in the Mexia Fault (Richard J Chuchla)

Eric Wilczynski, The Effects of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on US County Labor Markets
(Fred C Beach)

Spring 2017

This semester’s event, on April 29, 2017, featured a diverse set of research topics. This spring featured the inaugural EER Director’s Award for Best Master’s Saturday Presentation, open to EER students.

Two students received this honor, Mr. Abdulaziz Almansour and Mr. Benjamin Griffiths, on May 8, 2017, at a celebration dinner.

The EER program congratulates each of our 2017 EER Master’s Saturday Presenters. Below you will find their presentation titles and supervisor:

EER Director’s Award: Abdulaziz Almansour, Multidisciplinary technology and economic impact study of fracture prediction methods (Stephen E. Laubach)

EER Director’s Award: Benjamin Griffiths, Induced Carbon Emissions from Energy Storage in an ERCOT-Like Market (David B. Spence)

Jonathan Ly, Constructing a Framework for Analyzing the Reliability and Value of Uncertain Seismic Interpretations (Eric Bickel)

Hector Arreola, Spatial and temporal emissions variability from upstream and midstream sources at the Eagle Ford (Michael Webber)

Dinuk Prathaj Haputhanthri, Biophysical Modeling of Human and Nature Interactions, Human and 3-Nature Dynamics Model (HAN3DY) (Carey W. King)

Harshit Jayaswal, Macroscale Modeling Linking Energy and Debt: A Missing Linkage (Carey W. King)

Rafael Lima, The Impact of Dependency Analysis on Prospect Ranking and Portfolio Evaluation: A Case Study in Offshore Brazil (William L. Fisher)

Wonjae Jang, Trade-offs and Implications of Two-stage versus One-stage Unconventional E&P Investment Strategies: A Case Study of the Barnett Play (Svetlana Ikonnikova)

Raul David Gonzalez Rangel, Electrification of isolated communities: The Case of Wind Energy Systems in Mexico (Ross Baldick )

Shan Cheng, Wind Power Cost and Value Analysis in China (Ross Baldick)

Kelsey LeNeave, Social and Political Conflict Over Dam Development on the Irrawaddy River (David B. Spence)

Yun Kyong Park, Carbon abatement costs and potential of South Korea’s power sector (Carey W. King)

Maria F. de la Fuente, Cost Assessment of clean generation incentives in Mexico for solar PV projects (David B. Spence)

Maria J. Martinez Pinanez, Multicriteria Generation and Transmission Expansion Planning in Paraguay (Ross Baldick)

Emery Wolf, Science Policy Network and Content Analysis: Applications in Water Resources Management and Science (Suzanne Pierce)

Yongseok Yoon, Analysis of the Relationship between Energy (Useful Work) and Economic Growth of Korea (Carey W. King)

Ryan Brown, Anticipatory Strategies for Eastern European Natural Gas Security (Eugene Gholz) Dual Degree Global Policy Studies

Marcelo Azagra, P2P Trust Model for Online Food Sharing Platforms in Affiliation Networks (Carey W. King)

Kayla Fenton, Unpacking the Sustainability of Meal Kit Delivery (Michael Webber) Dual Degree MBA

Enrique Arce, Neogene Current-Modified Submarine Fans and Associated Bed Forms in Mexican Deep-water Areas (John Snedden)