The 2015 Natural Gas Symposium steering committee is headed up by the following Colorado State University entities:

Bill Ritter--new photo


Director, Center for the New Energy Economy

Colorado’s 41st Governor and former District Attorney for the City and County of Denver, is the founding director of the Center for the New Energy Economy. The Center is a privately-funded initiative to support the growth of a clean energy economy across the United States at Colorado State University. The mission of the Center is to incorporate best practices from around the nation and world to accelerate the development of clean energy, which includes technologies and resources who life-cycle impacts are beneficial to national security, economic vitality, energy supply sustainability, environmental health, public health, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the conservation and restoration of ecosystem services, social equity, high-quality jobs, and wise use of water and other critical natural resources.

Ritter and his Center’s team has been working directly with Governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policy makers and other decision makers by providing technical assistance to help them create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean energy economy that includes encouraging environmentally sound practices in natural gas production and use. He has been recognized internationally and has received numerous awards for his efforts.




Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Founder and Co-director, Engines and Energy Conversion Lab; Co-director, The Energy Institute at Colorado State University

In the role as professor and co-director, he has worked for over 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs with a significant focus on reducing environmental impacts from natural gas production and use. Dr. Willson is on assignment from CSU serving as Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The Energy Institute serves as a nucleus of research, education, and outreach for the faculty, staff, and students of Colorado State University. Energy is a central element of almost every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. CSU has a long history of pioneering work in energy, with over 160 faculty developing energy technologies, exploring the economics, environmental, and sociological impacts of energy use, and proposing energy policy solutions.

The Institute aims to grow the impact, reach, and reputation of energy research and education at Colorado State University by increasing collaboration with industry and governmental partners, creating new research and educational opportunities for CSU faculty and students, and accelerating the dissemination of CSU solutions. This cross-campus, interdisciplinary effort is operated under the Office of the Vice President for Research. The extensive network of researchers, research programs, and centers, spans all eight colleges at CSU, and extends off campus to a global network of public and private partners.