Haroon S. Kheshgi is the Global Climate Change Program Leader at ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Research. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Illinois (Urbana, B.S. 1978) and the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Ph.D. 1984). He pursued research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1983-1986) before joining Exxon Research and Engineering Company in 1986.
At ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research his research addresses many aspects of global climate change including carbon cycle, detection and attribution of climate change, paleoclimate implications, and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. He has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as lead author, contributing author, and review editor in the IPCC’s last three assessment reports, its Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, and its Special Report on Land Use Change. Recent activities include participation in the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association’s Climate Change Working Group as its chair, the Engineering Founder Societies’ project on carbon management, the Society of Petroleum Engineering’s committee on carbon capture and storage, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Energy Advisory Board.
Dr. Kheshgi is currently Associate Editor of the journal Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Global Change, and a member of the US Carbon Cycles Science Steering Group and the NRC Climate Research Committee.