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Energy Seminar: Shell in the Energy Transition: More and Cleaner Energy for All - Dirk Smit, Shell

November 18, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center
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Precourt Institute for Energy
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Starting with Shell’s Sky Scenario, I will outline first a few key characteristics of so-called Net Zero Emission Energy (NZEs) systems and the context of Shell’s Net Carbon Footprint targets. I will stress the local/regional opportunities enabled by new technology driving highly optimized, diverse systems for energy production and consumer solutions. As a result, new commercial pathways to NZEs can be defined and I will outline how Shell can contribute to enable some of these pathways by building on its technical and engineering strengths coupled with deep global business experience. 

Speaker bio:

Dirk Smit - Vice President of Research Strategy, Chairman Shell Science Council and Chief Scientist Geophysics.

Dirk graduated from Utrecht University in 1989 with a PhD in Mathematical Physics, String Theory. He went on to complete an academic post-doctorate at Berkeley and was awarded a post-doctorate at Harvard University. He joined Shell’s Geophysics R&D department in the Netherlands in 1992.

Since then he has held numerous positions, including Chief Geophysicist for Shell UK and Technology Manager for Hydrocarbon Exploration, and Vice President Exploration and Upstream Technology. Recently he has been appointed Vice President Research Strategy for Shell. He continues in his roles as Chairman for the Shell Science Council and Chief Scientist.

Dirk holds several positions outside Shell: He is a member of the MIT Advisory Board (part of the MIT Corporation) and recently has become a Fellow of MIT at the Earth Research Lab in the Earth Science department. He holds a Visiting Professorship in Geoscience at the Chinese University of Petroleum in Beijing and is an Adjunct Professorship and Advisor at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. He serves on numerous university advisory boards in The Netherlands, China and US. Dirk served as a member of the National Research Council on Solid Earth Observations in the US and is currently a member of the National Dutch Science Board for Basic Science Research in the Netherlands.

He is the recipient of the Ludwig Mintrop Award in Geophysics from the EAGE in 2002.

Admission InfoFree and open to all.