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Energy Seminar: Future of energy – research opportunities and challenges; Vijay Swarup, ExxonMobil

February 3, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center
Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy
Contact Email: 
energyseminar@stanford.edu

Society faces the dual challenge of providing reliable and affordable energy while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the risks of climate change.  By 2040 the global population will grow from 7 to more than 9 billion and energy demand is likely to increase by 25% even with efficiency gains.  Currently, more than 1 billion people do not have electricity and 2.7 billion lack access to modern cooking fuels.  Future energy will need to be not only reliable, affordable, and scalable but also sustainable.  This is a particular challenge in developing countries and is key for driving the expansion of the global middle class.

This talk provides an overview of ExxonMobil’s energy outlook, key drivers, and technology approaches to address these challenges. Long-range technology themes ranging from hydrocarbon and renewable energy systems to climate science are highlighted. Attention is focused on delivering low emissions technologies including low energy separations, carbon capture and storage, and biofuels.  Such technologies have potential to diversify the energy mix, increase energy efficiency, and reduce emissions.

Speaker bio:

Dr. Swarup joined ExxonMobil in 1987 as an engineer at Exxon Research and Engineering in Clinton, New Jersey.  Over his career, he has progressed through a variety of engineering, planning and managerial roles at company locations in Redwater, Alberta, Canada; Baytown, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Houston, Texas and Fairfax, Virginia.

In 2006, he became the Global Technology Planning Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical.  In 2008, he was appointed Global Olefins Marketing Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical Company. He moved from Houston, Texas to Fairfax, Virginia in 2010 to become Vice President of Basestocks, Specialties and Asphalt for ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties Company.  He was appointed Manager of Planning and Business Development for ExxonMobil Chemical in April, 2012.

In April, 2013, Dr. Swarup was appointed Corporate Strategic Research Manager, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company.  On November 1, 2014, he was appointed Vice President, Research and Development, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. 

Vijay holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University. 

Admission Info

Free and open to all.