Mark Shuster

Mark Shuster, Interim Director

Mark Shuster is responsible for managing the Bureau's energy-related research. He joined the Bureau in September, 2016. Prior to joining the Bureau, Mark worked for Shell and affiliates for 30 years in upstream oil and gas roles around the world. Mark began his professional career as a Research Geologist working on projects on the Permian Basin, Atlantic margin basins and southeast Asia. Subsequently, Mark worked on exploration and appraisal projects in Venezuela, Australia, Middle East, Gulf of Mexico and most recently, Alaska. Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of the Pacific and his PhD in Geology from the University of Wyoming.


Jay Kipper

Jay Kipper, Deputy Director

As director of administrative functions at the Bureau, Jay Kipper manages personnel, fiscal reporting, budget management, and contract negotiation. Jay also supervises the Bureau's Core Research Centers, the Houston Research Center, the Geophysical Log Library, the Information Technology Group, and Administrative and Support Staffs. Jay was instrumental in the formation of the Advanced Energy Consortium to explore nanotechnologies for the energy industry, and he played a lead role in the FutureGen Texas clean energy initiative.


Ken Wisian

Ken Wisian, Associate Director: Environmental Division

Ken Wisian, Ph.D., Major General USAF (retired), is responsible for coordinating environmental related research. He came to the Bureau from the Center for Space Research. Previously, Dr. Wisian was a senior state executive responsible for disaster recovery, oil spill prevention and response, and coastal infrastructure and environmental protection for Texas. As a military officer, General Wisian participated or lead military disaster response efforts for the Shuttle Columbia crash and multiple hurricanes. Dr. Wisian is a geophysicist whose main research is in geothermal systems, modeling, and instrumentation & data analysis . Other current research includes; autonomy/drones, applied gravity, planetary geology/space exploration, infrastructure resiliency and international relations. General Wisian, a navigator/bombardier, flew bombers, transports and fighters, is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School and commanded the 147th Reconnaissance Wing flying the MQ-1 Predator. He has combat time in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia and his combat medals include the Bronze Star and Air Medal.


Mark Blount

Mark Blount, Assistant Director: External Affairs

Responsible for creating and enhancing external relationships, Mark Blount works to promote the innovative and trusted energy, environmental and economics research of the Bureau of Economic Geology, and to attract new friends, partners and supporters. Roles include marketing and communication, media relations, outreach to the Texas Legislature, industry engagement, event support, land management, donor cultivation, and educational outreach. Mark has served The University of Texas at Austin since 1999 with previous roles as Assistant Dean for Development at the UT College of Education and Director of Corporate Relations for the University Development Office.


Scott Tinker

Dr. Scott Tinker, Director Emeritus

Dr. Scott W. Tinker has traveled to over 60 countries on his mission to bring industry, government, academia, and nongovernmental organizations together to address the dual challenge of energy access for human flourishing and environmental protection. Dr. Tinker wears many hats including speaker, educator, researcher, professor, filmmaker, author, TV and radio host, investor, board member, father and more.

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