About Us


The UNC Kenan-Flagler Energy Center promotes sound public policy through balanced programming, research, and career placement across the energy value chain. The Center strives to advances sound, conscientious, and innovative leadership in the energy space through comprehensive programming for UNC Kenan-Flagler students.

Guiding Philosophy

The Center believes in an “All of the Above” approach to energy. We see that national progress and well-being are linked to abundant, affordable energy supplies. The major challenge is to optimize the mix of fuels by taking availability, cost and public goods into account. The Center is especially interested in highlighting the different challenges facing oil & gas and renewables, and the relative progress being made in addressing those hurdles.

How We Achieve Results


UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School offers an Energy Concentration designed to shape global energy leaders and position them on the cutting edge of strategic solutions that address environmental sensitivity and efficient utilization of our limited energy resources.

Our Energy Concentration courses are taught by industry practitioners with experience in specific segments of the industry including major international energy firms and power, corporate finance, energy consulting, operations research and tax. Our faculty consists of multiple industry executives, who design and deliver courses, with a variety of skill sets that diverge in the energy industry.

Kenan-Flagler MBA Energy Concentration

UNC Kenan-Flagler offers an MBA Energy program unique among major business schools. Our comprehensive curriculum allows students to explore every aspect of the energy value chain – from oil and gas to power, petrochemicals and renewables. Courses focus on day-to-day business and economic situations unique to the energy industry and address challenges faced by specific industry segments. Graduates emerge well-prepared to assume leadership roles within the ranks of multinational corporations, independent producers, power generators, renewables firms, investment banks and consulting firms.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Energy Center

The Energy Center promotes sound energy public policy through balanced programming, unbiased research and career placement across the energy value chain. We strive to enhance the student experience through career-focused events and conferences, research assistantships, sponsored internships and access to faculty and industry professionals.

  • Events & Major Conferences – The Energy Center and the Energy Club organize major events on campus addressing current energy public policy issues. Symposia brings together executives from power, renewables and finance industries to discuss implications of wind/solar for the power grid. The Energy Center will be hosting a conference, April 13-14, 2018, “ Meeting the Challenge of Renewables Intermittency”. In April 2016, the Energy Center hosted “Global Fracking-Is it a Game-Changer?” (Materials can be found in the Publications page of the website)
  • Sponsored Research – The Center will undertake sponsored research into energy related topics which are understudied elsewhere. This research will employ MBA students that belong to the Energy Club, and will take advantage of Kenan-Flagler’s faculty expertise in finance, accounting and strategy. The Center will used this approach to publish a conference report on key findings from its Global Fracking conference.
  • Public Advocacy – The Center aims to become a respected voice on energy issues, to be consulted by legislators, think-tanks and media, and to publish those of its research findings relevant to contemporary issues.
  • Sponsored Internships – Increasing job placement with energy companies across the energy value chain is a goal of the Center. Internships are often the doorway to full time job offers and attractive internships are occasionally available on a non-paying basis. The Center seeks to capture these opportunities by offering stipend support to qualifying Kenan-Flagler candidates.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Energy Club

The Energy Club is both a forum for students to gain exposure to the energy space and a means to practice leadership around energy issues. This student-led organization develops and participates in educational events and conferences, energy case competitions, career treks to key cities (Houston, San Francisco), hosting guest speakers and shadow days. Students are provided experiential learning and networking opportunities with industry and alumni.

MBA Career Management Center

A dedicated associate director is focused on working directly with students and employers to prepare students for a successful career search in energy and develop relationships with top firms across all segments of the energy industry.

Select Employers

Duke Energy
Nextera Energy
Scott Madden
Strata Solar
Summit Midstream
National Grid
First Solar
Hannnon Armstrong
Morgan Stanley Energy
Wells Fargo Energy
GE Renewables
Cypress Creek

The following is a select list of our community of diverse, talented alumni to help us carry on the UNC Kenan-Flagler core values of excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork.

Norman Himes
Dir. Investor Relations
Mirant Corp.

Gary Bennett
Senior Dir. Procurement
Honeywell International

Keith Butler
Chief Risk Officer
Duke Energy Progress

David Fountain
Duke Energy, Carolina

Kevin Finnerty
Vice President
Columbia Pipeline Group

Jennifer Ketschke
Con Edison

Chris Hinson
Bus. Development Adv.

Forbes Herring
Dir. Corp. Development
Summit Midstream MLP

W. Bryan Kimzey
VP Investor Relations

James Porter
Chairman & CEO
Gastar Exploration Ltd.

Shepherd Miers III
Chief Accounting Officer

Vikas Bharathwaaj
Vice President
Morgan Stanley

S. Miller Williams
Willbros Group

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Energy Center promotes sound public policy through balanced programming, research, and career placement across the energy value chain.

Contacts for the Energy Center

Stephen Arbogast
Professor of the Practice of Finance
Director, Kenan-Flagler Energy Center

919 962-8439 I 919 962-3490

Shannon Wright
Program Coordinator, Kenan-Flagler Energy Center
919 962-9319

Energy Club Questions