The inaugural 2020 Case Competition was brought to you by Switch Energy Alliance and the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
During the fall of 2020, Switch Energy Alliance, with the support of Hildebrand Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at UT Austin, held the inaugural Switch International Energy Case Competition (SIECC). The 2020 Case Competition exceeded all expectations. Over 900 university students from 37 countries, 6 continents, and 171 universities virtually competed for cash prizes totaling $10,000. Two-hundred fifty energy professionals from around the world generously volunteered their time as mentors and judges.
Energy poverty was the focus of the 2020 Case Competition. Lack of energy means lack of basic necessities such as food, water, health care, and education. But lack of energy also means lack of progress on women's rights, mass migrations, political corruption, and fighting pandemics. Energy poverty is one of the greatest challenges of our time.
The 2020 Case Competition problem (aka the prompt) challenged the teams to propose an energy transition for one of three countries: Haiti, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Papua New Guinea, taking into consideration all relevant factors including economic feasibility, equity, health, policy, regulations, available resources, scalability, innovative technology, cultural sensitivity, environmental impact, and corruption. The teams had to think critically about how the world can transition to a sustainable, equitable energy future, while helping to bring the benefits of modern life to the people living without reliable and affordable energy. The 10-minute video and PDF presentations created by the teams reflected deep thought, extensive research and creative solutions. See the Finalists' presentations below.
Team: Riley Anderson, Zeke Kang, Satvik KolluriView Video View Presentation
Team: Ahmed Merzoug, Yousri Kenouna, Habib Ouadi, Kenza Ait LarbiView Video View Presentation
Team: Fabian Díaz, Rubén Herrera, Irvany Petit, José TovarView Video View Presentation
Team: Anjali Patel, Ishan Shah, Karen Sculley, Rishi PonnekantiView Video View Presentation
Team: Logan Welsh, Luke Cantrell, Mason Fiedler, Atharva KulkarniView Video View Presentation
Team: Sri Kalyan Tangirala, Abhinav Pratap Singh, Ankita Jaiswal, Sudeep GuptaView Video View Presentation
Team: Yanni Vasilakis, Jacob Esparza, Kamal Mamdani, Emmett BergerView Video View Presentation
Watch the seven finalist teams of the 2020 Switch International Energy Case Competition (SIECC) participate in a Q&A session with a panel of judges.View Video
Dr. Gülen is an energy economist with 25 years of international experience in oil, natural gas, and electric power value chains; strategic technical assistance and customized capacity building in numerous countries, working with ministries, regulatory agencies, private and state companies, universities and NGOs. After 9 years at the University of Houston and 13 years at the Bureau of Economic Geology, he is now Principal at G2 Energy Insights LLC and continues to instruct for the Texas Executive Education. Dr. Gülen published in peer reviewed and industry periodicals and presented to a wide range of audiences internationally. He is a USAEE Senior Fellow. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College and a B.A. in Economics from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Melody Meyer joined the boards of BP, AbbVie, and National Oilwell Varco (NOV) as a Non-Executive Director in 2017. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Trinity University and on the board of the National Bureau of Asian Research. Ms. Meyer is President of two companies, Melody Meyer Energy LLC and Women with Energy LLC. Melody retired from Chevron after 37 years of distinguished service with extensive leadership expertise in global upstream operations, strategic and business planning, major capital project execution, capital allocation, and in delivering superior financial results. From 2011-2016, she was President of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production. Previously, she was President of Chevron Energy Technology Company, and Vice President Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Mid-Continent strategic business units. She held key international operations leadership assignments in Tengiz, Kazakhstan and Angola. Ms. Meyer graduated from Trinity University in 1979 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering Science and attended Dartmouth Tuck Executive Education program in 1997. Ms. Meyer was Executive Sponsor of the Chevron Women's Network and formed Women with Energy LLC to advocate for the advancement of women in energy. Ms. Meyer is a C200 member and was recognized as a Trinity Distinguished Alumni, with BioHouston Women in Science, ASME Rhoades Petroleum Industry Leadership Awards, in 2018 by Hart Energy as an Influential Women in Energy in 2018 and by Women Inc as 2018 Most Influential Corporate Board Directors.
Robert Stoner is the Deputy Director for Science and Technology of the MIT Energy Initiative, and Founding Director of the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design. He also serves on the MIT Energy Council, the Science and Technology Committee of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rockefeller Foundation funded Global Commission to End Energy Poverty, and as President of the International Conservation Fund. Stoner is a serial entrepreneur and the inventor and co-inventor of numerous computational and ultrafast optical measurement techniques. From 2007 through 2009 he lived and worked in Africa and India while serving in a variety of senior roles within the Clinton Foundation, including as the CEO of the Clinton Development Initiative. For the past decade his research at MIT has been at the intersection of energy technology, society and computation, with an emphasis on power system design, optimization and regulation in developing countries. Stoner earned his bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Queen's University in Canada, and his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from Brown University where he was also an adjunct member of the engineering faculty from 1995 through 2002.
Switch Energy Alliance is grateful for the leadership of the following interns who were instrumental in creating, organizing, and running the Switch International Energy Case Competition (SIECC).
The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Chemical Engineering - 2022
The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Chemical Engineering - 2022
NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan
Petroleum Engineering - 2020
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