Dr. Tinker is Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, Director of the Advanced Energy Consortium, a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair and acting Associate Dean of Research in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. Prior to joining the University of Texas in 2000, Dr. Tinker spent 17 years in the oil and gas industry and is past President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Association of American State Geologists. He has been a distinguished lecturer for both organizations and won best paper awards in two major journals. He chairs the Advanced Energy Consortium and serves on the National Petroleum Council, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and other private, professional, and academic boards. He has given over 400 invited and keynote lectures and visited over 45 countries, seeking to build bridges between academia, industry and government. For more than two years he has traveled to the world’s leading energy sites to film a documentary, scheduled for release this year, which will illuminate the complex world of energy and provide a realistic, balanced look at supply, demand, infrastructure and scale for the general public. Dr. Tinker’s research and technical interests are in subsurface characterization of carbonate systems, 3-D reservoir modeling, and the interplay between energy, environment, and the economy, and he is principal investigator on a grant to study the potential contribution of shale gas to the U.S. natural gas supply.