Professors A.K. Gupta, Ohadi Chair Intl. Energy Conference

Professor Ashwani K. Gupta was co-chair of the First International Energy 2030 Conference held in Abu Dhabi during November 1-2, 2006. Professor Michael Ohadi was the Conference Chair and His excellency Yousef Omair bin Yousef was the Honorary Chair of this conference. The conference was sponsored by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its selected affiliate companies. Opening and welcoming remarks at the conference were delivered by HE Mohammad bin Dhaen Hameli, The Minister of Energy, and HE Yousef Omair bin Yousef, CEO of ADNOC. Approximately 400 attendees from several counties worldwide attended the conference. The program included 18 invited presentations on various aspects of energy, including supply and availability, sustainability, and environmental issues. In addition to invited presentations, the program included 39 poster paper presentations. Professors Gupta and Ohadi gave invited presentations at this conference. The conference proceedings, published as ISBN 9948-03-283-7, are available from The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The primary focus of the conference was to share views and information that can serve to be of pivotal importance in the strategic planning of research and development in the oil and gas industries and the broader energy areas, including energy availability and usage, transport, and environmental issues.

The conference was part of an ongoing cooperative relationship initiated between the University of Maryland and The Petroleum Institute (PI) of Abu Dhabi to establish an Education and Energy Research Collaboration. The agreement seeks to initiate and develop collaborative educational and research activities in the field of energy sciences and engineering, and to enhance the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs of both institutions.

To obtain a copy of the Energy 2030 conference proceedings, please contact:

The Petroleum Institute

P. O. Box 2533

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Attn.: Dr. Peter Rogers (e-mail:

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Published December 15, 2006