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Registration and Tickets

Message from Chair

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to welcome you for the 2024 SPE Western Regional Meeting, in Palo Alto, CA, April 16-18. The conference theme is "Solutions to Propel the Expanding Energy Landscape." We will be hosting panel discussions, speakers, and technical presentations on topics such as geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, and AI. These developing areas will play a key role as the world works to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, energy from hydrocarbons remains fundamental to human society, and we welcome technical contributions on how to produce this energy efficiently and responsibly. While you're here, we invite you to explore the Bay Area and its surrounding natural beauty.


Mark McClure
2024 Western Regional Meeting


Crowne Plaza Palo Alto
Crowne Plaza Palo Alto
4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306


Crowne Plaza Palo Alto is a full-service hotel in the center of Silicon Valley. 195 rooms and suites are appointed with modern comforts. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto will exceed your expectations.

Central to Silicon Valley businesses, guests are minutes from Google, Facebook, SAP, Tesla, and VMware. Palo Alto is home to Stanford University and is just minutes from Thomas Fogarty Winery, Shoreline Amphitheatre, and California’s Great America theme park.

Enjoy on-site parking, free Wi-Fi in public areas and guestrooms, free daily coffee in the lobby, over 27,000 square feet of event space, a full-service fitness center with a dry sauna, and a resort-like pool experience.

To utilize the discounted room rate, use the "Book Now" option on the hotel website. After entering your dates (between April 14 and 19), you will see rooms that reference availability with the SPE WRM 2024. Select these rooms at their rate of $219/night.

Panel Discussion

Panel: The Future of Geothermal
Tuesday, 04/16/24, 08:00 am - 09:45 am, Room Mediterranean 2&3

  • Rita Okoroafor, Texas A&M University


  • Roland Horne, Stanford University
  • Jack Norbeck, Fervo Energy
  • Paul Spielman, Ormat Technologies
  • Lorenzo Trimble, Bureau of Land Management

Panel: The Evolving Role of AI in Energy
Wednesday, 04/17/24, 08:00 am - 09:45 am, Room Mediterranean 2&3

  • Markus Zechner, Stanford University


  • Anthony Corso, Stanford University
  • Nefeli Moridis, NVIDIA
  • John Godlewski, Schlumberger
  • David Robbins, Chevron

Student Paper Competition

Monday, 04/15/24, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Room: Mediterranean 3

The post-competition dinner will be at 7 pm at the Stanford Faculty Club (only for participants and invited guests). 

Field trip

Monday, 04/15/24, Departing from the Palo Alto CrownePlaza, 1 pm - 4 pm
The preconference field trip will visit the Stanford Central Energy Facility. The award-winning facility houses heat recovery water tanks, a high-voltage substation, and a novel heat recovery system. The facility recovers and stores waste heat from cooling, exploiting the simultaneous need for both heating and cooling across campus demand sources. Next, the group will visit the neighboring O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm, and learn about their research on sustainable agriculture. 

Welcome Reception

Monday, 04/15/24, Mediterranean 1/Pre-Function, 5 pm - 7 pm
Everybody is welcome! 

Award Luncheon

Tuesday, 04/16/24, 11:50 am - 1:30 pm, Room Cypress, tickets required
Medhat Kamal, 2022-2023 SPE President, Chevron Fellow Emeritus

Networking Reception

Tuesday, 04/16/24, Mediterranean 1/Pre-Function, 5 pm - 6:30 pm

Keynote Luncheon

Wednesday, 04/17/24, 11:50 am - 1:30 pm, Room Cypress, tickets required
Sally Benson, Professor and Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and the Stanford Carbon Removal Initiative