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Rice Global E&C Roundtable Luncheon

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October 2021 Roundtable

Date / Time:

Friday, October 8, 2021

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Registration & Networking
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Program (live and streamed via Zoom)
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Networking

If you are attending this meeting virtually, the program will be streamed via Zoom from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. A link will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the meeting.


“Evolution of Capital Projects in the Era of Social and Technological Changes”

Our Industry is experiencing considerable change due to various social and technological changes, such as decarbonization and digitalization. This requires organizations and individuals to be forward looking, and constantly reinventing themselves. Jim will share with us his perspective on the evolution of capital projects (including lessons learned and trends) and strategies in capital project execution between the traditional heavy chemical Industry and High Tech Industry.


James Ellis, Microsoft Corporate VP Global Construction

Jim Ellis recently joined Microsoft as Corporate Vice President of the Data Center Construction to support the rapid growth of Microsoft Data Centers across the globe. With a significant shift in Microsoft strategy from lease to Build and Own, Jim will focus on the development and implementation of key strategies that ensure safe and efficient Construction delivery of Data Centers worldwide that meet customer expectations and deliver sustainable shareholder value.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Jim had 40+ years in global leadership roles with experience in engineering, operations, manufacturing, technology, JV Operations, supply chain and project management. He most recently served as Vice President and Global General Manager of Engineering and Project Management for Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), one of the world’s leading chemical and materials companies. In 2013, Jim retired from Dupont after 35 years of extensive global experience and assignments in Asia, Middle East, Africa, Americas and Europe.

Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University with post graduate work in Electrical Engineering at New York University and an Executive Business Management – Texas A&M University.

  • $30 for general admission
  • $15 for Rice Faculty (registration required in advance)
  • Free for Rice Students (registration required in advance)
  • $20 webinar – online only

In person registration will be limited so please register early; we will NOT accept on-site / walk-in registrations. Registration will close at Noon on Thursday, October 7, 2021. A boxed lunch will be served to those guests attending in person.

Health & Safety Protocols:

At this time, we are following Rice University’s COVID policies as guidelines for our attendees at the Roundtable meeting. Masks are required indoors at all times for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The full policy can be viewed at https://coronavirus.rice.edu/policies.

Location & Parking:

Grand Hall in the Rice Ley Student Center

Detailed campus maps are available on the web at http://www.rice.edu/maps/. The Ley Student Center is located in the central part of Rice campus. The Central Campus Garage, which is the closest parking facility, is located to the across the street from the Student Center.

In the possibility the underground parking is full, the second closest parking is the West Lot. Continue down the Laboratory Loop Road to the stop sign. The campus also offers a bus shuttle that runs about every 15 minutes as it loops the campus.

Note: In order to protect the privacy of the luncheon attendees, the list of attendees is not published or distributed.

This Roundtable qualifies for one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH). Your email confirmation at completion of registration serves as your PDH and payment receipts. Paper receipts may be picked up at the registration desk at time of check-in.

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