• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Howard Schmidt

Quidnet Energy

Chief Technology Officer

Howard Schmidt is the Chief Technology Officer at Quidnet Energy, where he’s been full time for four years.  He also co-founded the company and was the original inventor of Quidnet’s technology.  He was previously with Aramco’s Advanced Research Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for nine years, where he developed new methods for monitoring subsurface flows and mapping hydraulic fractures.  He was the Executive Director of the Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory and a Faculty Fellow at Rice University from 2003 to 2009, during which time he also helped launch the Advanced Energy Consortium as their Senior Nanotechnology Advisor.  Before Rice, he spent 17 years in several start-up technology companies, taking one of them public in 1993.  He has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, both from Rice University.  He has 54 issued US patents and over 50 publications.

Sessions With Howard Schmidt

Tuesday, 7 March

  • 05:30pm - 06:10pm (CST) / 07/mar/2023 11:30 pm - 08/mar/2023 12:10 am

    ARPA-E: Spotlight on energy startups

    Scaling up a start-up or small business presents multiple challenges. This is particularly true when commercializing hard engineering technologies due to the investment required to demonstrate cost and performance at commercial scale sufficient to address market adoptions risks. Through the SCALEUP program, first launched in 2019, ARPA-E has endeavored to help address these challenges and accelerate deployment of promising technologies previously funded by ARPA-E. In this panel you will hear from leaders of a few of the companies from the SCALEUP 2019 and 2021 cohorts. They will describe some of the key technical, commercial and team development challenges they have confronted—and continue to confront—in their scale-up journey and how they are addressing them.