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OU Energy Institute Fall 2020 E-News

Fall 2020 E-News
Dipankar Ghosh



This year, the energy sector has been buffeted by the twin challenges of an oil price collapse - the third in 12 years - and the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, amid this environment, the University of Oklahoma Energy Institute strives to continue its mission in the areas of education, research and outreach, and to do so in a way that testifies to growth and value.


Specifically, Hart Energy ranked the institute’s Executive MBA in Energy No. 1 on its list of Top 15 Energy Graduate Programs. EMBA alumni continue to advance in their careers and current students are educated with a curriculum aligned to what the industry expects. For those alumni negatively affected by the economic downturn, the institute is trying to provide support, including through a networking and branding session and the EMBA Alumni Association.


Apart from education, ongoing energy research in the Michael F. Price College of Business seeks to explain realities in the sector. And because of the postponement of the 2020 Energy Symposium, a new form of outreach was born in monthly webcasts that feature influential energy leaders sharing their perspectives on “The Future of Energy.”


While the challenges of this year have affected many people deeply and cannot be overlooked, opportunities for growth, realignment and innovation have presented themselves as well. We hope you enjoy reading about how we continue to produce and inspire Real Energy Leaders.


Dipankar Ghosh, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Energy Institute
David Ross Boyd Professor | ConocoPhillips Chair in Energy Accounting

Corporate Q&A
Jan Willem Velthuijsen

Jan Willem Velthuijsen, Ph.D.

The chief economist at PwC Europe shares about the energy transition in The Netherlands and Europe as a whole. Since 2014, Velthuijsen has worked with the institute's Executive MBA in Energy Program as an Energy Economics instructor in Amsterdam.

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Rankings Logos - Best in class Executive Energy Programs Hart Energy | Best Online EMBA , College Consensus | Program Ranked 10th by Ivy Exec 2020 EMBA Rankings U.S. Southwest

EMBA in Energy Achieves Top Rankings

The Executive MBA in Energy continues to garner accolades this year, including a No. 1 ranking on Hart Energy’s list of Top 15 Energy Graduate Programs. The program also achieved a No. 8 ranking in College Consensus’ list of Best Online Executive MBA Programs and a No. 10 ranking in Ivy Exec’s 2020 Top EMBA Programs in the U.S. Southwest. 


EMBA cohort 10 group photo outside of Adams Hall

Cohort 14 Starts EMBA Amid Pandemic

The newest cohort in the Executive MBA in Energy program began the 15-month journey with a weeklong residency Aug. 5-12 on the Norman campus. Although the COVID-19 pandemic made the experience slightly different than that of previous cohorts (social distancing and masking were in place throughout), the 17 students still completed four courses, worked with an executive coach, and spent some time socializing (at a distance) through evening dinners and campus tours.

New Cohort

Price College of Business | EMBA Alumni | The University of Oklahoma

2 Cohorts Graduate from EMBA Program

Thirty-two students joined the ranks of Executive MBA in Energy alumni after Cohorts 10 and 11 completed the program in fall 2019 and spring 2020, respectively.


Greg Armstrong, Mike Ming, Gary Simmons, and Abid Yousuf

4 Top Energy Leaders Join EMBA Faculty

The Energy Institute welcomed four well-regarded energy professionals and leaders to the team as corporate faculty members. Greg Armstrong began teaching Economics of Energy Value Chain, Technology & Innovation in August 2019. Mike Ming began teaching in August 2019 and now teaches Energy and Environment I and II. Gary Simmons started teaching Marketing Strategy in March 2020. And Abid Yousuf will teach Supply Chain Management starting in January 2021.


Alumni Spotlight
Kelly Hewitt

Kelly Hewitt, Cohort 10, is principal energy specialist for the Central West Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines.


Andrew Blaquiere

Andrew Blaquiere, Cohort 7, is managing director of MDL, a position he took on in September after being promoted from his previous role as VP-Americas.


Mickey Friedrich

Mickey Friedrich, Cohort 1, is co-CEO of Driftwood Energy, a Dallas-based company pursuing operated oil and gas properties in the Permian Basin.  


Alumni Association
Adam Basile

New Leadership for Alumni Board

Adam Basile, Cohort 9, assumed the role of president of the EMBA in Energy Alumni Association in August. He replaced Andrew Blaquiere, Cohort 7, who served for two years. Basile works as the controller for Crescent Pass Energy, a privately held exploration and production company based in Houston.

Alumni Board

Scott Linn

Research focusing on energy-related topics is alive and well in the Michael F. Price College of Business. Recent studies address issues related to the fluctuations and determinants of energy market prices, inventory and storage behavior, the impact of energy prices on company value, and how energy companies are responding to the Corporate Social Responsibility movement. Read about faculty research and findings below. We strive for excellence in research throughout Price College.

Scott Linn, Ph.D.
Research Director
Energy Institute

A photo of the Cushing, Oklahoma, tank farm, one of the largest oil storage sites in the world. Photo courtesy of Tulsa World
Photo courtesy of Tulsa World

Dynamics of Arbitrage

The authors study the dynamics of cash-and-carry arbitrage in the U.S. oil market (the process of storing and extracting from storage) to exploit irregularities between spot and futures oil prices.


Photograph of a city skyline

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Oil and Gas Industry

The authors examine the values of indices of Corporate Social Responsibility being emphasized throughout United States industry, specifically comparing the behavior of oil and gas companies and non-energy companies.


Computer screen shows graph of up and down flucuations

Oil Prices, Earnings and Stock Returns

The authors explore the impact of oil prices on corporate earnings, then explore how the capital market reprices company equity shares in response to surprises in oil-related earnings.


Click here to read about additional energy-related research being done by Price College faculty.

The Future of Energy Webcast Series Presented by: The University of Oklahoma | Scott Sheffield - Guest Speaker | Price College of Business, Energy Institute, The University of Oklahoma

Institute Launches Monthly Webcast

Though the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the Energy Institute to postpone its annual Energy Symposium until 2021, the virus did not stop outreach to industry professionals. In June, the institute launched “The Future of Energy” webcast series featuring many of the speakers set to attend the symposium.  


photo of students sitting in a classroom

Personal Branding, Networking Session Offered on Zoom

As part of an effort to connect with and serve EMBA in Energy alumni, the institute offered a personal branding and networking Zoom session for alumni and Cohort 14 students, the latter of whom were on the OU campus for their Module 1 residency.

Zoom Session

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