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Scott Tinker's passion—bringing academe, government, industry and NGOs together to address major societal issues in energy, environment and the economy—has led him to more than 50 countries where he has presented over 600 keynote and invited lectures to government, industry, academia and the public. Scott is director of the 250-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Tinker has been president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Association of American State Geologists, the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, and the American Geosciences Institute. He is an AAPG Halbouty Leadership Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, Fellow of the Geologic Society of America, honorary member of the AAPG, and has been broadly awarded by AIPG, AGI, AAPG, TIPRO and others for his successful efforts to engage the public in science. Tinker serves on many private, public, academic, and government boards and councils and co-produced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film, Switch, which has been seen by over 10 million viewers and screened on over 1000 university and college campuses worldwide. He is a fourth generation University of Michigan graduate (Go Blue!), with a PhD from the University of Colorado, MS from the University of Michigan and BS from Trinity University.