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Course Info


Course Start

July 15, 2017


Course Duration

15 Weeks



2.5 Hours per Week




About This Course

Explore basics of energy sustainability through techno/economic frameworks and global markets – a comprehensive foundation for strategic business decision-making from Charles D. McConnell and Rice University.

Course Description

This 15 week course, which ran from August 15-November 25, allows you to learn first hand from industry experts in the Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals and Electric Power markets:

  • The current global energy challenge: markets, growth drivers, decision makers in both local and global contexts
  • The three pillar framework to decision making and the application of scenario analysis
  • The three sector energy value chain for decision making in each of these three energy markets, as well as how to apply scenario analysis for the best, sustainable decisions.

At the conclusion of this course, professionals will be armed with a solid practical foundation in the energy and environmental industry and be enabled to utilize this knowledge to provide leadership in the field. For more information, see entire course syllabus HERE.

Welcome Message 

Welcome to the Rice Community! 

You have chosen to embark on a journey to expand your knowledge about the energy industry by enrolling in the Energy and Environment Initiative (EEi) online course “Leadership and Decision Making in the Energy Industry”.  Personally, I look forward to introducing you to the principles and key concepts contained in the course and I believe you will come away with tools you will develop, both technically and commercially, to enable decision-making in the highly complex world of energy.  The Oil and Gas, Petrochemicals, and Electric Power industries are all interlinked by their value chains and to our future.  In this course, we look into the critical technologies and processes of these industries and the impacts to citizens, industries, and even nations of all types on a global scale.  I look forward to hearing from you as you traverse the activities throughout the course, so feel free to message me anytime.  Also, I hope to see you in January at the course capstone event.  More details to come about that event.  Best of luck!

Professor Information

Charles D. McConnell


Charles D. McConnell is Executive Director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, a university-wide integration of science, engineering, economic analysis, policy and social sciences to address the diverse issues and challenges associated with energy security, affordability and environmental sustainability.

Full Bio


This course is priced at $1200.  Discount codes: COMING SOON!

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