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Our 2017 Fireside Chat

We were very privileged to have such esteemed guests at last year's Fireside Chat. The event took place in The University of St. Thomas, as we listened to some in-depth interviews with Professor Shay Curran, CEO of Integricote, and Liam Mallon, President of Exxon Mobil Development Co.


Prof Shay Curran


Since 2008, Prof. Curran has concurrently served as CEO of Integricote and as Director of the University of Houston’s Institute for NanoEnergy (INE). Integricote is an advanced materials company that uses the unique properties of nano-molecular systems developed at INE to revolutionize how materials such as wood, masonry, and concrete interact with water and other chemical or biological factors. Prior to his business and academic careers in Texas, Prof. Curran began his academic career in 1995 with a postdoctoral position at the Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart Germany in Prof. Siegmar Roth's research group. While there, he held a joint research fellowship between the CNRS in Nantes, France and Trinity College in Dublin. In 2002 he worked as a research associate scientist in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York and was appointed in 2003 to the role of assistant professor in New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. Prof. Curran's research efforts have generated over $5 Million in funding from federal and industrial sources as well as numerous global and US patents. Prof. Curran is a native of Ireland and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Material Science and a PhD in Physics, both from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. In 2011, he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the FOCAS Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology


Liam M. Mallon


A native of Ireland, Mr. Mallon holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College in Dublin, and a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Mr. Mallon began his career in the industry in 1984. He spent his first six years with British Petroleum in Scotland and with Expro International Ltd., in China. He joined Mobil in 1990 and, over a period of eight years, held a series of progressively senior positions. From 1998 to 2003, he held Operations Manager positions in Nigeria and Australia. From 2003 to 2004, he was based in Houston as Planning Manager for ExxonMobil Production Company.



In December 2004, Mr. Mallon was appointed President of ExxonMobil Canada Ltd., a position he held until 2006, when he became Director and Chairman of the ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia. In July 2009, he was appointed Vice President, Engineering, ExxonMobil Production Company. In June 2012, he became Vice President, Africa, for ExxonMobil Production Company. He was named Executive Vice President of ExxonMobil Development Company in 2014. In January 2017, Mr. Mallon was appointed President, ExxonMobil Development Company. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and previously served on the organization’s Board in Asia Pacific. Mr. Mallon is married and has three children.

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