Ildo Sauer

Spring 2016 Mellon Visiting Professor

Ildo Sauer is Deputy Director (2015-19) and Director (2011-15) of the Institute for Energy and Environment at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dr. Sauer received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT in 1985, and a post-doctorate “Privatdozent” degree in Energy from the University of Sao Paulo in 2004.  From 2003 to 2007 he was director of Petrobras, Brazil’s multinational energy corporation, one of the largest companies in the world, and considered by  Financial Times as one of the "The New Seven Sisters"  in 2007.  During his leadership he oversaw Petrobras’ power and natural gas businesses alongside with the development of renewable resources, especially ethanol, wind and biodiesel. Dr. Sauer directly influenced Petrobras’ Strategic Plan, which led to the discovery of the Pre-Salt oil resources, the largest deposits found in the world over the last few decades. During his tenure at the University of Sao Paulo, consistently ranked the #1 university in Latin America, he has supervised 50 Master’s and doctoral theses, published 4 books, and more than 100 articles on energy. 

Dr. Sauer will offer two courses during the Spring semester.. The first, Energy & Society: Latin American Energy Systems is open to undergraduates only. The second course, Petroleum Hegemony and Geopolitics: Challenges and Opportunities for National Oil Companies, is restricted to graduate level students. Both classes will be taught in English. See course descriptions below:

  • Energy & Society: Latin American Energy Systems


    T/TH 3:05-4:20pm

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  • Petroleum Hegemony & Geopolitics: The Challenges & Opportunities for National Oil Companies in Latin America

    Every other Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm

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About the Mellon Visiting Professorship

Funding from an endowment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation allows the Duke Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies to host visiting professors from Latin America and the Caribbean on a regular basis.

The consistent presence of visiting professors and artists from Latin America and the Caribbean serves to strengthen our course offerings (especially for undergraduates), stimulate international and interdisciplinary collaboration, and enhance our visibility as an outstanding center for research and teaching about the region. In particular, this program enables CLACS to establish enduring intellectual and institutional partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean. It helps us to establish new relationships and strengthen existing ones as part of ongoing exchanges with institutions of excellence in higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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