William (Bill) Baker is a senior lecturer at Baylor, teaching courses in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. Born in Pampa, Texas, he was raised in Israel by Baptist missionary parents. Following the 1967 Six-Day War, Professor Baker returned to the United States to complete high school and attend Baylor University. He served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force with assignments in Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and at the Pentagon. Professor Baker has a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Service from Baylor University, and a Master's degree in Political Science from Texas State University. He is a graduate of the Armed Force Joint Air Intelligence School, Air Force Squadron's Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, and the Joint Military Attachment School.
Joe Barnes is the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at the Baker Institute of Rice University. His research and writing focuses on the international economy and the geopolitics of energy. His work has been featured in a wide range of academic, professional, and popular publications, including The New York Times, Survival, The Oil and Gas Journal, Energy Markets, The SAIS Policy Forum, and The National Interest. He is a contributor to three volumes: "Energy in the Caspian Region" (Palgrave Press), "United States Tax Reform in the 21st Century" (Cambridge University Press) and "Natural Gas and Geopolitics from 1970 to 2040" (Cambridge University Press). Barnes is also faculty adviser to the Baker Institute Student Forum. From 1979 to 1993, he was a career diplomat with the U.S. State Department, serving in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. His last assignment in the State Department was with the Policy Planning Staff. Barnes is a graduate of Princeton University.
Randall Brown is the Manager of Compensation & Benefits for Baylor University. Mr. Brown has life experiences in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and was a delegate to the first U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Mission and Investment Forum in Manama, Bahrain. Mr. Brown is an adjunct lecturer in International Business and International Management for Tarleton State University. He holds an MBA from Baylor.
Paul Clegg is a senior analyst at Mizuho Securities, following developments in the clean technology sectors, including solar, wind, smart grid, electric vehicles and batteries, geothermal, energy-from-waste, and nuclear energy. He joined Mizuho recently with eleven years of experience in securities research, most recently managing director at Jefferies & Company covering clean technologies. Prior to Jefferies, Clegg was a Senior Equity research analyst at Natexis Bleichroder covering alternative energy. Earlier still, he monitored equity and fixed income securities at Calyon Securities (USA), Inc. across a number of industries, including electric and gas utilities and IPPs. He earned a BA degree and MS Economics degree from Baylor University. Clegg is a CFA charterholder.
Charles Ebinger is director of the Energy Security Initiative and is the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington chapter of the International Association of Energy Economists. Dr. Ebinger has 30 years of experience addressing the security, political, economic, environmental and foreign policy interrelationships between domestic and international energy issues. In 1975, working as a foreign affairs officer for the Federal Energy Administration, he helped to establish the International Energy Agency and its oil-sharing mechanism. Since that time, he has served in senior positions at several energy-related research and consulting agencies, including Conant and Associates; CSIS; Putnam Hayes & Bartlett; the International Resources Group; Stone & Webster Management Consultants; Bechtel Consulting; and Brookings. He received his BA from Williams College and his PhD from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Gürcan Gülen is a senior energy economist, Center for Energy Economics, Bureau of Economic Geology at University of Texas at Austin. He worked on energy sector projects in North America, South Asia, West Africa and Caucasus among others via U.S. AID projects and energy partnerships with universities in Angola, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Ghana. He participated in training programs and production of two issues of Energy Security Quarterly for the South Asia Regional Initiative Energy (SARI/E) program. Since 2001, he has been directing content development for the "New Era in Oil, Gas & Power Value Creation," CEE's flagship international capacity building program. Gülen developed and managed a custom program for assistant energy experts from the Energy Markets Regulatory Authority of Turkey. He analyzed, consulted on and wrote about electricity market restructuring in several jurisdictions worldwide. More recently, he evaluated Texas Renewables Portfolio Standard program and compared RPS programs nationwide. He is currently working on price dynamics in oil and gas markets, commercial evaluation of national oil companies, unconventional gas potential, CO2-EOR value chain and impact of renewables on other fuels. He served at various positions at the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, currently acting as the editor of the USAEE Dialogue. He earned a PhD in Economics from Boston College and a BA in Economics from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Richard Hansen is the founder and CEO of Soluz, Inc., a company that commercializes technologies needed for distributed micro-power, facilitating the global transition to sustainable energy. He brings two decades of experience in the application of photovoltaic (PV) technology for rural electrification in developing countries and over 25 years in the energy sector. Hansen began his energy career as an engineer and manager at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Following research into renewable energy, he founded Enersol Associates, an organization promoting PV through technical assistance and training at the grassroots level, in 1984. Also in the mid-1980s, he launched a PV sales and service company in the Dominican Republic that served as a model for enterprise development and rural energy supply. Hansen is widely recognized for his leadership in the field of solar electrification; in 2003 he was selected as one of two World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers in Energy. He is a registered professional engineer (industrial) in the state of Massachusetts and holds a BSME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Boston University. Mr. Hansen has lived in the Dominican Republic and is fluent in Spanish.
Mark Long is Director of Middle East Studies and Associate Professor in the Honors College at Baylor University. He specializes in contemporary Islamic fundamentalism and the Arab-Israeli conflict. A former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst, Dr. Long has traveled repeatedly throughout the Middle East and has lectured extensively on Middle East politics and religion. He is the author of the Saddam's War of Words: Politics, Religion, and the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait (University of Texas Press, 2004), nominated for the British Society of Middle East Studies prize. His recent research has focused on the ideology of al-Qaida and the formation of a national security strategy to confront it. A Ph.D. of Baylor, Dr. Long holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, religion, Greek, and national security affairs. Before coming to Baylor, Dr. Long served eleven years on active duty as a Middle East analyst and as an instructor at the Air Force Academy where he taught Arabic and English literature. Dr. Long is a graduate of the Air Force Officer Training School, Armed Forces Intelligence College, and the Naval Postgraduate School.
John E. Lowe is assistant to ConocoPhillips' chief executive officer. In this role, he represents the company in many of its external relationships and provides assistance on special assignments. Lowe served as executive vice president of Exploration & Production in 2007, and executive vice president of Commercial in 2006. Prior to that, he was executive vice president for Planning, Strategy and Corporate Affairs (2002-2006), senior vice president for Corporate Strategy and Development (2001-2002), senior vice president of Planning and Strategic Transactions (2000-2001), and vice president of Planning and Strategic Transactions (1999-2000). Lowe joined the company in 1981. Lowe currently serves on the boards of directors of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, DCP Midstream, DCP Partners, and Agrium. He also serves on the Texas Children's Hospital West Campus advisory council. He is a former Board member of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, the 66 Federal Credit Union, and OK Mozart. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, he holds a BS in Finance and Accounting from Pittsburg State University (Kansas), where he was also a recipient of the PSU Outstanding Alumni Award and is one of three recipients of the William A. Brandenburg Medallion, an award given by PSU to individuals for extraordinary achievement. He is an inactive Certified Public Accountant.
Mark McCollum is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Halliburton. Prior to joining Halliburton as chief accounting officer in 2003, McCollum served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Tenneco Automotive. Before that, he was vice president of Corporate Development for Tenneco Inc. He initially joined Tenneco as vice president for Financial Analysis and Planning in 1995, adding the title and responsibilities of corporate controller that same year. Before joining Tenneco, McCollum spent 14 years with Arthur Andersen serving as an audit and business advisory partner of the firm's worldwide partnership. McCollum serves on the board of directors for Exterran Holdings, Inc., a global provider of natural gas compression. He is also chairman of the board for Houston's Star of Hope Mission and is on the board of trustees for Houston's The Center Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for the Retarded. McCollum holds a BBA in accounting from Baylor University. He is a CPA in Texas and a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Texas Society of CPAs, the Institute of Management Accountants and Financial Executives International.
Mackay Miller is a Research Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His work focuses on energy technology innovation, behavioral economics, and international energy policy development. He represents NREL in various international efforts, including the International Smart Grid Action Network and the International Renewable Energy Agency. Before NREL, Mackay led urban education reform efforts funded by the Carnegie Foundation and Open Society Institute, and founded an urban real estate development 501(c)(3) organization. He holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, and a BA in International Relations from Brown University.
William (Bill) Mitchell, is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science who is currently teaching a course on "Religion and Terrorism in the Modern World" in our Center for Church-State Studies. During 2000-2007, Bill served as Director of Baylor's Center for International Education, which coordinates the overall international efforts od the university. Bill joined the Baylor faculty after his retirement as a U.S. Air Force colonel. A decorated veteran of Vietnam and the Gulf War, Mitchell lived in Turkey for 10 years as base commander at Incirlik Air Base and as Air Base Group Commander in Izmir during the Gulf War. During his time at Baylor, he returned to Turkey to perform research for a book on earthquakes in developing countries – how to improve building codes, and how to recover from their destruction. Bill earned his bachelor's degree at East Texas State University, his master's from UCLA, his PhD from the University of Illinois, and additionally is a graduate of the Air War College, Air Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Services.
Thomas Boone Pickens Jr. was born in 1928, in Holdenville, Oklahoma, the only child of an oil and mineral landman (rights leaser) who claimed a distant kinship to Daniel Boone. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M with a degree in geology in 1951, and then worked for Phillips Petroleum until 1954. In 1956, following his period as a wildcatter, he founded the company that would later become Mesa Petroleum, the largest independent oil and gas company in America. In 1997, Pickens founded BP Capital Management, and serves as its chairman. In recent years, he has been well known for his promotion of the "Pickens Plan" to reduce American dependency on foreign oil. In December 2008, the Texas Legislative Conference honored Pickens as its "Texan of the Year." In 2009, Pickens received the Bower Award for Business Leadership for 50 years of visionary leadership in oil and other types of energy production, including domestic renewable energy, and for his philanthropic leadership contributing to education, medical research, and wildlife conservation.
Megan Rapp earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and French from Baylor University. She then taught math and science in inner-city Miami with Teach for America and worked for a Haitian environmental non-governmental organization in Léogâne, Haiti. Rapp is now pursuing a Masters of International Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, concentrating in sustainable energy and specializing in advanced policy and economic analysis. She has been working with the United Nations Environment Programme's Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch on improved cookstoves efforts in Haiti since May 2010 under UNEP's Haiti Clean Energy Programme. Rapp is also working on a project with the United Nations Development Programme's office in Senegal assessing the prospects of commercializing a UNDP energy access program in rural Senegal.
Lynn Tatum is Senior Lecturer in Religion and Associate Director of Middle East Studies. With his primary interest in the era of the Old Testament, Lynn Tatum has served as a staff member on numerous excavations in Israel and Syria. He has been recognized with several awards, fellowships and international grants from such organizations as the Institute of Archaeology, Zion Research Foundation, National Council on U.S.–Arab Relations and the Southwest Commission on Religion. Dr. Tatum holds a BA from Baylor and a PhD from Duke. He serves as president of the Texas chapter of the American Association of University Professors and is a member of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, the Texas Association of Middle East Scholars and the Texas Council on U.S.–Arab Relations.
Brian Thomas is a senior lecturer of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University. He is interested in developing simple, low cost, healthy, and technologically appropriate ways to provide light and electricity to the poor of the "majority world." He investigates interdisciplinary solutions to these problems by working with business professionals and social entrepreneurs, as well as Christian development workers and missionaries. Thomas is also a founder and board member of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Global Appropriate Technology Ministries. GATM is the parent organization for an active student group at Baylor, Engineers with a Mission, whose purpose is to educate and involve students in engineering for the poor. To this end, Thomas has led many student teams to Kenya and Honduras to implement discipline-specific service-learning trips to install solar panels, micro hydro generators, small wind turbines and other energy-related projects. In addition, Thomas and other Baylor alumni have formed a small company called Village Energy LLC whose purpose is to provide expertise and solutions that will deliver energy access to underserved communities in the "majority world."
Bob Tippee is editor of Oil & Gas Journal, a weekly trade magazine, and its web site, Oil & Gas Journal Online. Since joining the Journal in Tulsa in 1977, he has written on all aspects of the international petroleum industry, with special interest in economics, energy policy, geophysics and the Middle East. His work for the magazine has won awards from the American Business Press, New York Society of Business Press Editors, Association of Petroleum Writers, International Association for Energy Economics, and International Association of Energy Advocates. Tippee became the Journal's chief editor in January 1999. He also was editor-in-chief of the 1997 through 2001 editions of the Journal's annual affiliate, International Petroleum Encyclopedia. Tippee is the director of three PennWell Petroleum Group conferences and has written or cowritten several books on the oil and gas industry. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Tulsa and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for four years.