Chevron Lecture on Energy

The Rice Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering invites you to attend the annual Chevron Lecture on Energy.

2021 Chevron Lecture

This year's Chevron lecturer Akshay Sahni, General Manager of Strategy and Technology at Chevron Technology Ventures, will share his perspective on the corporate-academia partnership that drives innovation in the field of energy, including its role in the energy transition.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Virtual (Gatherly link will be emailed to RSVP attendees)

The virtual event will also feature the opportunity to connect with students, faculty, and alumni attending from around the country, as well as a Q&A discussion with Akshay after his talk.


Please RSVP for the event by Monday, March 22.

General Event Agenda

All times are in CST:

  • 7:00 PM: Gatherly event site opens; attendees encouraged to connect / re-connect with each other
  • 7:30 PM: Talk by Akshay Sahni: "Corporate-academia partnership for driving innovation in Energy"
  • 8:00 PM: Q&A with Akshay, moderated by Rice Engineering alumnus Steven Cooper

About our Speaker

Akshay Sahni
Akshay Sahni

Akshay Sahni is the General Manager, Strategy and Technology for Chevron Technology Ventures. In this position, he provides oversight over enterprise Technology Strategy Development, External Partnerships for Technology Innovation, Intellectual Property and Technology Deployment and Adoption.

Akshay has a Doctorate in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University and MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. In addition, he has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab University, India and a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

He has authored over 20 technical publications and holds 3 patents.

He joined Chevron in 1998 as a Research Scientist and since then has held numerous engineering and management positions of increasing responsibility in Bangladesh, Thailand and multiple locations in the United States during his Chevron career. Prior positions include General Manager Technology and Business Services, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, General Manager Strategy and Planning, Chevron Asia South Business Unit in Thailand, Manager Asset Development with Chevron Bangladesh, and Kern River Asset Development Manager in Bakersfield, California.

About the Sponsor

This event, sponsored by Chevron, is being planned by the Rice AIChE Student Chapter, the ChBE Graduate Student Association, the ChBE Alumni Advisory Committee, and the department staff. If you have any questions or need to cancel your registration, please contact the ChBE Alumni Advisory Committee at

We look forward to seeing you there!

Past Chevron Lectures

2020 - Outlook for Energy: A Perspective to 2040
T.J. Wojnar
Exxon Mobil Corporation

2019 - Houston: Challenges and Opportunities
Ed Emmett, Ph.D.
Professor in the Practice
Rice University

2018 - The View 2018
Janeen Judah, JD
Chevron Corporation

2017 - Enhancing Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery
George Hirasaki, PhD
A.J. Hartsook Professor Emeritus and Research Professor
Rice University

2016 - The Uncertain Energy Future
Kenneth B. Medlock III
James A. Baker III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics, James A. Baker III Institute

2015 - America’s Prosperity Through America’s Energy: Our Sustainable 21st Century Opportunity
John Hofmeister
Founder and Chief Executive of Citizens for Affordable Energy
Former President Shell Oil Company

2014 - The Role of Oil and Gas in the Global Energy Picture
Carlos Aguilera
Vice President and General Manager, Business Development
Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company

2013 - Transforming Energy in the Twenty-First Century
Franklin M. Orr Jr.
Director, Precourt Institute for Energy
Stanford University