Matt Mead at 2016 Wyoming Energy Summit

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead opening the 2016 Wyoming Energy Summit.

The fifth annual Wyoming Energy Summit, scheduled for May 23rd at the University of Wyoming’s Gateway Center, is announcing its keynote speakers this year, and the line up promises to be one of the most exciting yet.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead will do the opening honors again this year, as he has every year since the beginning. Gov. Mead is in his second term as governor, and is currently Chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the National Governors Association and is past chair of the Western Governors’ Association where his chairman’s initiative (ongoing) was species conservation and the endangered species act. He serves as co-chair of the State and Federal Sage Grouse Task Force. During his term he has been focused on increasing Wyoming’s competitiveness through the expansion of broadband and other technology, the expansion of business opportunities and by initiating a comprehensive state energy strategy.

Robert Bryce, a journalist and author, has been writing about the energy business since 1989. He spent 12 years writing for the Austin Chronicle. From 2006 to September 2010, he worked as the managing editor of the Houston-based online publication, Energy Tribune. In April 2010, he joined the Manhattan Institute as a senior fellow in the think tank’s Center for Energy Policy and the Environment.

Nick Cheney is a visiting professor in computer science at the University of Wyoming. Cheney (he’s not related to Wyoming’s Cheneys as far as he knows) holds a Ph.D. in Computational Biology from Cornell University and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Vermont. He has also held visiting and affiliated research positions at Columbia University, the Santa Fe Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center. His work has been featured on NBC, Popular Science, Discover and TeDx. 

Christopher Matranga is a researcher in the Fuels and Process Chemistry Division at the National Energy Technology Lab. During his first year of federal service he was named Rookie of the Year by the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board for his work looking at novel ways of separating and storing hydrogen and carbon dioxide and in storing and separating gas molecules in microscopic carbon nanotubes.

Anastacia Dialynas, senior natural gas analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Her focus is the North American natgas infrastructure, particularly pipelines and liquid natural gas. She specializes in modeling pipeline flows, exports, and gas storage activity. Prior to joining BNEF, Anastacia worked at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, where she conducted research on international energy markets and trade. She holds a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Economics from Pomona College in California.

Dennis Ellis, who recently joined the Microsoft Tech Spark initiative as the Cheyenne Community Engagement Manager. He came to Microsoft from a public relations firm he founded, Ellis Public Affairs, where he consulted for clients such as Wal-Mart, Google, Denver Children’s Hospital, Johnson & Johnson and Anadarko.

Prior to his return to Wyoming, Dennis served as Deputy Attorney General for External Affairs in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and in Governor Bill Owens’ cabinet as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the organization tasked with protecting the environment and public health of Colorado. Ellis also served as Legislative Director and Counsel for United States Representative Barbara Cubin (R-WY).

Ellis is a Wyoming native, where his family has owned a sheep and cattle ranch for more than 110 years. He is married to Wyoming State Senator Affie Ellis (who was named a Woman of Distinction last year). He holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wyoming. Ellis serves on the Steering Committee of the Wyoming Business Alliance, is past president of Wyoming Ag in the Classroom, past vice president of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming and currently serves on Wyoming’s Mixed Martial Art Commission.

Tickets for the event are $125 and will end on May 18. Click here to purchase your ticket. For those interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please contact Jackie Crawford,, 425-233-9995 OR

Monica Puente,, 307-630-7876.



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