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The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

September 27, 2004
6 pm - 8 pm
McMurtry Auditorium • Duncan Hall • Rice University
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Dr. Steven Lewis,
Rice University

Dr. Ken Medlock,
Rice University

Dr. Joseph Machado,
Shell Chemicals


Dr. Steven W. Lewis is Director of Asian Studies at Rice University as well as Research Fellow and head of the Transnational China Project at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, where he oversees a a research program examining the globalization of Chinese culture. His research focuses on the development of privatization experiments, energy policy and central-local government fiscal relations in China and other transition economies. Recent publications include examinations of China’s oil diplomacy, the deregulation and privatization of Brazil’s energy sector, and the development of the LNG trade between Indonesia and Japan. Dr. Lewis has also conducted studies on the privatization of Chinese industry and government services for the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Center for International Political Economy, the UFJ Research Institute and Japan’s METI. He received his doctorate in Political Science in 1996 from Washington University in St. Louis.


Dr. Kenneth B. Medlock III is Visiting Professor of Economics at Rice University and Senior Research Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, where he is a principal in the development of the Rice World Natural Gas Trade Model. He previously was responsible for fundamental analysis of North American natural gas, petroleum, and power markets at El Paso Energy Corporation and served as the Lead Modeler on the Modeling Sub-group for the National Petroleum Council study of long term natural gas markets in North America.. From May 2000 to May 2001, he held the MD Anderson Fellowship at the Baker Institute and successfully organized the conference “Global Warming: Science and Policy.” Dr. Medlock received a PhD in Economics from Rice University in May 2000. His areas of specialization are in Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy and Macroeconomic Theory, with interest in Applied Econometrics and Applied Microeconomics.


Dr. Joseph Machado leads Technology Strategy and Innovation for Shell Chemicals globally. He earned a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1988, and joined Shell that year at the Westhollow Technology Center in Houston as a researcher in product development. Since then, he has held positions in manufacturing, technology management, new business development, and sustainable development in a number of Shell Chemicals locations including Houston, New Orleans, London, and Brussels.