First Friday Networking Forum – June 2018 | AIChE

First Friday Networking Forum – June 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018,
11:30am to 1:00pm
In-Person / Local
14703 Park Row Dr,
Houston, MT 77079
United States

Topic: The Future Price of Oil: A Perspective

In mid-2014, the price of oil began a precipitous drop from about $110/bbl Brent to a low of about $30/bbl in the beginning of 2016. It has since partially recovered -- averaging $66-67/bbl over the past 3 months.  This dramatic drop and partial recovery has raised the age-old question: “What can I believe about forecasts of future prices?”

Ron shares his analysis on this question based on his almost 40 years experience in the oil industry. In February 2015, Ron gave a keynote presentation at an energy conference in Houston, which was reported by Hydrocarbon Processing, that the “new normal” for crude oil prices is roughly $65/bbl.  In this presentation, Ron gives the basis for his insightful forecast; the many factors that can affect oil prices in the future; and the leading indicators for potentially significant medium-term changes in the future.

Speaker: Dr. Ronald Sills

Dr. Ronald Sills (Ron), Co-Founding Director, XTL&DME Institute, is an internationally-recognized expert on a broad range of energy and alternative fuels topics.  His experience includes being a (a) consultant in conversion technologies and analysis of the natural gas/biomass value chain for several major corporations; (b) Board Member of  a start-up company making carbon negative fuels from biomass; (c) Senior Advisor, ADI Analytics (d) Business Development for DragonFly Aerial Solutions, and (e) leading the BP Natural Gas Conversion Network.  Prior to joining BP/Amoco, he was manager of Mobil’s Research Planning and Evaluation Group.

Ron holds a PhD and MS in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and a BS from Columbia University.  He has been a member of  AIChE  for over 50 years.

Costs:  There is no registration fee.  The lunch menu is buffet style, and the South Texas Section subsidizes lunch cost by $5 per attendee. STS members as well as non-members are welcome to attend.  We only request that you pre-register at the website so we can get an accurate head count for the restaurant.

Have suggestions, ideas, comments or want to recommend a speaker for future FFNL events? Please contact Fabian Solberg at or 815-307-5746.  You may also contact Onesimus Haruna (who will be hosting the event that day) at 832-303-5541, or Jimmy Kumana at