March 15 2017 ISA Los Angeles


Scientific predictions of the future of energy production

Tuesday, February 19, 2013. RSVP below.

Every energy resource - fossil, nuclear and renewable - is undergoing profound changes. And overall, we're gradually shifting from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow.

This sweeping transition is the subject of the documentary film Switch. But rather than advocate for how it should happen, Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen. Switch is also about a changing energy conversation. Today, it's polarized and unproductive.

This film does not overtly advocate for or condemn any type of energy resource, and because of this it has angered some who do -- including anti-nuclear protesters, renewable-only promoters and fossil fuel lobbyists. The film makers believe that these widely divergent opinions indicate that they have struck the right balance in their theory of how energy will be produced in the future.

The goal of University of Texas geologist Dr. Scott Tinker was not to advocate for one technology over another or to suggest how the transition should happen - but to try to determine how it actually would happen, based on scientifically-sound investigation and the practical realities of the world of energy as we discovered them.

Energy has become a highly politicized subject, but this film looks beyond assumptions and remains objective. Interviewees were selected for their deep knowledge and respected positions, not for their support of any issue or agenda, and are a broad mix of industry, government, academic and NGO leaders, from differing political backgrounds. The information in this project includes the opinions of these diverse experts along with years of research and learning from the field.

For 12 years, Dr. Scott Tinker has been the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, where he leads 200 scientists and staff. He is also a Professor at UT's Jackson School of Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a renowned energy expert, having given more than 500 lectures internationally to government, industry and academia. While at the Bureau, he founded the Advanced Energy Consortium and helped initiate the Gulf Coast Carbon Center and Center for Energy Economics. Dr. Tinker serves on several private, public, academic, and government energy boards and advisory councils. Before the Bureau, he was a research geologist for Marathon Oil. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado.

Meeting Details

Date: Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013
Time: 5:00pm Networking and Subs; 5:20 Section Business; 5:30 Program
Cost: ISA members, students and their guest free; Non-members are requested to join ISA
RSVP: John Prince at
Location: Energy Resource Center, 9240 Firestone Blvd, Downey (526) 803-7500 (Map)
Parking: Park and entrance in back. Free parking.

2013 Calendar of Events

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Feb 19 - New Section Awards Call for Entries. Info:
Mar 13 - Golf Tournament, Los Alamitos. Info:
Mar 14-16 - Instrumentation 2013, Oil & Gas Symposium. Info:
Mar 31 - ISA Society Awards Nomination Deadline
(Date Not Confirmed for All Awards)
Apr 6 - BBQ at Santa Anita Racetrack. Info:
May 1 - Deadline to File New Applications for PE License Exam
*** Date Subject to Change ***
Confirm date with Calif State Government Website:
May 21 - Section Meeting (Date Not Yet Confirmed)
June - Scholarship Award Ceremony (Date TBA)
June - Annual Meeting of the Section (Date TBA)
June - Officer Installation Ceremony (Date TBA)
June 7-9 - ISA Spring Leaders Meeting, Research Triangle Park, NC
July 20-21 - ISA District 11 Leadership Conference, San Francisco
July 30 - Deadline to Re-File Applications for PE License Exam
*** Date Subject to Change ***
Confirm date with Calif State Government Website:
July-Oct - PE Review Course. (Dates TBA)Info:
Oct 25 - California State PE License Exam in Control System Engg
*** Date Subject to Change ***
Confirm date with Calif State Government Website:
Nov 2-5 - ISA Fall Leaders Meeting, Nashville
Nov 5-7 - ISA Automation Week, Nashville

Posted Feb 11, 2013
Revised Feb 13, 2013

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