schedule rundown

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Welcome Reception
UT Permian Basin College of Engineering Building
11105 W Hwy 191, Midland, TX 79705
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, march 1, 2023

Day 1 Conference Sessions
Midland County Horseshoe
2514 Arena Trail, Midland, TX 79701
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Keynote Dinner featuring – Mike Sommers, API President & CEO
The Petroleum Club of Midland
501 W Wall St, Midland, TX 79701
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

thursday, march 2, 2023

Day 2 Conference Sessions
Midland County Horseshoe
2514 Arena Trail, Midland, TX 79701
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Staying the night? Discounted Room Rates are available at the following hotels:

Doubletree by Hilton – Midland Plaza
Odessa Marriott

Keynote speaker


President & CEO, American Petroleum Institute

Mike Sommers is the 15th  chief executive of the American Petroleum Institute (API), the largest trade association representing all aspects of America’s natural gas and oil industry.

Since his appointment in July 2018, Sommers has overseen the strategic realignment of API’s priorities and advocacy efforts, introducing an integrated organizational structure and core API Principles. Among other initiatives, he led the organization through an unprecedented period in global energy markets, effectively positioned the industry through political transitions in Washington and in state capitols across the country, increased utilization and visibility of API standards and safety programs, and led the adoption of the industry’s solutions-oriented efforts to address the risks of climate change…read more.


Featured speakers

Steve Beach, Ph.d.

Dean of the College of Business, University of Texas Permian Basin

Kelly Bennett

Co-Founder & CEO,
B3 Insight

Richard Brantley

Senior Vice President of Operations, University Lands

Robert Crain

Executive Vice President,
Texas Pacific Water Resources

Markus Drouven, Ph.D.

Technical Director, Produced Water Optimization, National Energy Technology Laboratory

Paul Dubois

Assistant Director of Technical Permitting, Oil & Gas Division,
Railroad Commission of Texas


Infinity Water Solutions

Lee Fuller

Officer – Environment and General Strategy,
Independent Petroleum Association of America

Dave Gibbs

President & CEO,
Mission Creek Resources

Jake Hendricks

Senior Director of Business Development,
Renovo Resources

Mike Hightower

Program Director,
New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium

Zacariah Hildenbrand, PH.D.

Research Professor,
The University of Texas El Paso

Katie Lewis

Associate Professor, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Emily LindLey

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Brady Murphy

President & CEO,
TETRA Technologies

Brooke Paup

Texas Water Development Board

Steve Pruett

President & CEO,
 Elevation Resources LLC

Sam Sledge

CEO & Director,
ProPetro Services

Rusty Smith

Executive Director,
Texas Produced Water Consortium

Katie Smye, Ph.D.

Research Associate,
Bureau of Economic Geology – Center for Integrated Seismicity Research

Student poster competition

The annual Water In Energy Conference includes a student poster competition complete with scholarship prizes! This year we’ve doubled our scholarship awards, thanks to our generous sponsor Elevation Resources. The first place undergraduate and graduate student winner will each walk away with a $2,500 scholarship check. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2023. Click here to review the application process.

2020 poster contest photo
2020 poster content winner