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ERE Seminar: Sally Benson (ERE) | "Celebrating International Women's Day: A Fireside Chat..."

March 8, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Virtual Meeting via Zoom (see login details in Description)

NAMESally Benson | Professor of Energy Resources Engineering (ERE)

TITLE“Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Fireside Chat with Prof. Sally Benson

Join us on International Women’s Day for a fireside chat with Prof. Sally Benson as we celebrate Women in Energy who inspire. Glean from her experience in several leadership roles, hear her views on energy resources going forward, which women role models are breaking barriers in the field of energy, and the role of women in sustainable energy development.

The chat promises to be engaging and interactive with Rita Okoroafor (PhD Candidate, ERE ’21) and Nora Hennessy (PhD Candidate, ERE ’22) moderating the discussion. Please feel free to send your questions in advance to and on or before March 5, 2021.

BIOSally M. Benson, who joined Stanford University in 2007, is a Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; she studies technologies and pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions including geologic storage of CO2 in deep underground formations and energy systems analysis for a low-carbon future. She also directs Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project. Prior to joining Stanford, Benson was Division Director for Earth Sciences, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences and Deputy Director at LBNL. Professor Benson serves on the Board of Directors for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Climate Central. Currently she also serves on the Advisory Boards for Argonne National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton’s Andlinger Center, Japan’s Initiative for the Cool Earth Forum, and the Lahore University of Management Science in Pakistan. Over the past several years she participated in a number of National Academy of Sciences, Secretary of Energy, and National Petroleum Council research needs assessments related to carbon management. She also is on the Editorial Board for Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Rita Esuru OkoroaforRita Esuru Okoroafor is currently a PhD Candidate in Energy Resources Engineering department under the advisement of Prof. Roland Horne. She is interested in coupling Geomechanics with Reservoir Engineering to understand Enhanced Geothermal Systems. Prior to the graduate program, she worked with Schlumberger for over 12 years, holding various technical and managerial positions. She was the SPE Women in Energy Committee Co-chair (2017-2018) and is currently the President of the Geothermal Rising Student Committee.

Nora HennessyNora Hennessy is a third year PhD student in Energy Resources Engineering, and she is advised by Sally Benson with co-advisors Margot Gerritsen and Ines Azevedo. Her interests lie in environmental justice and equity in the energy transition, energy policy and decarbonization. She was a Schneider Fellow at the United Nations Foundation, and the Karl Knapp Fellow in City Government at the City of Palo Alto Utilities. Prior to her PhD, she received a MS in the Atmosphere/Energy program at Stanford and worked at the Center for Sustainable Energy.

*If you are a Stanford Affiliate outside of Energy Resources Engineering (ERE) department and would like to attend, please contact Emily Gwynn ( for the Zoom Meeting link and password.

**If you are in Energy Resources Engineering (ERE) department, you will receive an announcement from Emily Gwynn ( with the Zoom Meeting link and password.

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