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Posted March 19, 2018

Guest Lecture: Mike McKenna, President, MWR Strategies

Energy and the environment in a time of Trump, change, and abundance (and midterm elections)McKenna

10 April 2018
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Dalton J. Woods Auditorium
Energy, Coast & Environment Building

Mike McKenna, president of MWR Strategies, has worked in senior positions in a variety of opinion research and communications companies. He has an extensive academic and professional background in public opinion research and communications, including work with Andres McKenna Research, Vox Populi Communications, and the Luntz Research Companies. He has consulted a wide variety of political and corporate clients with respect to government relations, opinion research, marketing, message development and communications strategies. Mr. McKenna has also worked as the director of policy and external affairs for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and served as an external relations specialist at both the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Mr. McKenna's work has been published in a host of publications, including: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Investors Business Daily, National Review, Policy Review, Regulation, The Washington Times, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, and State Legislatures. His work has also appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and C-SPAN.

Mr. McKenna received a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania , as well as a master's in public administration from George Mason University. He has completed work towards a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University, and is a Fellow in the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver. He is currently a Fellow at the Dole Institute at the University of Kansas.

Posted January 9, 2018

Louisiana Coastal Geohazards Atlas Planned

La. Geological Survey, N.O. Geological Society lead application of landforms base map


Maps, either on paper or accessed electronically, display information that is useful where we live, work, and recreate. Geologic maps are used to find and produce mineral and energy resources and to reveal landscape characteristics that support our economy and shape our lifestyles. Nowhere is this more evident than in Louisiana where energy resources have enabled our economy, and dynamic river and coastal processes that constructed our coastal area continue to be factors influencing our lives. Flooding, subsidence, and faulting, for example, have affected the present landscape and continue to affect us today.

The Louisiana Geological Survey, or LGS, and the New Orleans Geological Society have joined to lead the development of a Louisiana Coastal Geohazards Atlas. The focus will be on the landforms developed in a variety of underlying geologic settings and which are affected by faulting, subsidence, and flooding. The atlas will have a landforms base map that will provide useful information for technical analysis and use by governments, the private sector and informed citizens in planning land use and infrastructure development.

“While much work has been done to better understand these processes, the results have not been compiled and combined in a format that brings them together to portray their influences on the coastal plain of south Louisiana,” said Dr. Chip Groat, LGS acting director. “The atlas will serve as a valuable resource to our state and region.”

Groat will serve as administrator of the project, and Chris McLindon, president of the New Orleans Geological Society, will share in project oversight. John Johnston III of LGS will serve as editor and coordinator of the participants.

Compiled information will be on the coastal landforms map prepared by the LGS and on maps of various scales to show detail in selected areas.  In addition, text, diagrams, graphs and charts will be in the booklet accompanying the landform map. Included in the atlas will be maps and reports describing the geologic and structural framework of coastal Louisiana. 

Geologists and cartographers from the LGS will participate in the project and experts from the LSU Department of Geology and Geophysics, Tulane, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of New Orleans, two environmental consulting firms and the petroleum industry will author sections of the atlas.

A final draft of the atlas is scheduled to be available for review in late December 2018, with production planned for mid-2019.



 Posted January 2018

Assistant Professor Position


POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Center for Energy Studies (“CES”) at the Louisiana State University (“LSU”) seeks applicants for an energy research position at the Assistant Professor rank. We seek motivated individuals with strong oral and written communication and applied research skills in such areas as conventional/unconventional oil and gas development, electric power industry analysis, electric power systems modeling, natural gas and electricity usage modeling, industrial energy usage, energy infrastructure development, energy finance, energy law and regulation, renewables, and energy efficiency. This is a non-teaching positions that emphasizes externally-funded research, publications, public speaking, and service.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop his or her own unique energy research agenda, attain external financial support for this research, publish in academic and professional journals and periodicals, and participate in academic and professional association meetings and conferences. A successful candidate will interact with, and provide advice to, a wide range of Louisiana energy stakeholders, such as state and federal government agencies, industry, trade associations, other LSU academic departments and colleges, and the media.

The currently-advertised position represents a unique opportunity for motivated researchers. While a successful applicant is expected to develop external funding to support their research agenda, the position is financially supported through a state appropriation. A successful candidate will be able to leverage CES’ network of industry and government contacts, as well as the financial resources needed to support their respective research agenda. CES has a staff of supporting research assistants and graduate students, in addition to offering financial support for conference and research related-travel and to cover the cost of data/software/computational resources.

RESPONSIBILITIES: A successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Develop his or her own externally-funded research program over a three year period.
  • Publish in both academic and professional periodicals.
  • Speak to professional and trade associations, as well as interact with local, national, and trade media.
  • Provide advice and counsel to the Louisiana Legislature (as requested), Louisiana executive agencies, as well as Louisiana’s Congressional delegation.
  • Contribute to other CES activities that include periodic conferences, workshops, and meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a field related to energy that includes engineering, statistics, business, and physical or social sciences. Applicants must have strong written and oral communication skills and have the ability to address the technical, policy, and business aspects of the energy industry in an accessible fashion that also meets traditional academic standards.

APPLICATIONS: Position is currently open and will continue to remain open until suitable candidates have been selected.

Applicants should apply online at

LSU applicants should apply through Workday at$158872/9925$5347.htmld