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Upcoming LEEPS lecture to feature energy entrepreneur Mike Umbro

Next LEEPS guest speaker Mike Umbro will speak at UND on April 5

Mike Umbro

On April 5, energy entrepreneur Mike Umbro will be the next Leading Edge of Earth & Planetary Sciences Lecture Series (LEEPS) guest speaker at UND. In the Leonard Hall Lecture Bowl (Room 100), Mike will be presenting two afternoon presentations.

His first presentation, “Geological Thermal Energy Storage (GeoTES) Utilizing Traditional Oil & Gas Reservoirs,” will take place from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m.

Mike’s second presentation, “Energy Renaissance, Energy Environmental Policy Trends on a National Level, and Job/Career Opportunities,” will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Both presentations are open to the public. LEEPS is proudly presented by the Harold Hamm School of Geology & Geological Engineering.

Mike Umbro is an energy entrepreneur who is interested in long-duration energy storage, environmental services and technology, energy infrastructure, and low-carbon fuels. He’s the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Californians for Energy & Science, Principal at FieldView Capital, VP of Corporate Development at RL Environmental, and CFO of Premier Resource Management.

A San Diego native, his passion lies in being an energy advocate and voice of oil and gas. He aims to help provide affordable, demand-aligned geothermal power by investing in disadvantaged energy communities traditionally relying on fossil fuels.

Several decades old, the Leading Edge of Earth & Planetary Sciences Lecture Series invites guest speakers to the College of Engineering & Mines, sharing valuable expertise with students and the community. Photo by Paige Prekker/UND College of Engineering & Mines.


Since 1988, the Harold Hamm School of Geology & Geological Engineering at UND has been organizing the Leading Edge of Earth & Planetary Sciences Lecture Series (LEEPS). This lecture series has welcomed +220 scientists from various colleges, universities and industries worldwide to share their knowledge and expertise with the UND community. The main goal of LEEPS is to provide firsthand information and encourage critical thinking on current topics related to Earth science. The series coordinates with the school’s Essential Studies communication courses, which help students gain a broader perspective in their field of study. The invited speakers usually interact with students to discuss their research and career paths, providing valuable insights and inspiration.

For any questions, please contact Dongmei Wang, Associate Professor of Geology & Geological Engineering.