Copper: Arizona's Strategic Role in the Global Energy Transition

  • 24 May 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004


Copper: Arizona's Strategic Role in the Global Energy Transition

Copper has long been a source of growth and economic prosperity and, in Arizona, it has long been a source of community development and pride for the state. Dan P. Kravets, Vice President, Corporate Development & Exploration at Freeport-McMoRan Inc., and David W. Hahn, the Craig M. Berge Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona, will discuss copper’s critical role in the global energy transition. The discussion will focus on copper’s role in technology advancement, such as 5G, artificial intelligence applications, energy efficiency and global decarbonization initiatives.

Copper demand is growing at a time when the industry’s pipeline of new mine development is shrinking. In this context, the speakers will address security of supply and the importance of modern mining in accelerating the future, responsibly. Copper is integral to supporting safe, resilient infrastructure, products, and systems in the US and around the world. Copper continues to provide a bright future for our state and local communities, and it will be a critical component in advancing the global energy transition.

Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Your registration includes admission to multiple exhibits in the Phoenix Art Museum during the reception hour and following the program.


PCFR Members $25

Non-Members $35



Tuesday, May 24, 2022

5:30 PM Reception

6:30 PM Program

Your registration includes admission to multiple exhibits in the Phoenix Art Museum during the reception hour and following the program.


Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N Central Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85004 (map)


Dan P. Kravets

Vice President, Corporate Development & Exploration

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Dan P. Kravets is Vice President, Corporate Development & Exploration for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX), based in FCX’s headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. As a member of Freeport-McMoRan's senior management team and an Officer of FCX, Mr. Kravets is responsible for managing a wide variety of areas, with a focus on complex business transactions, global mergers and acquisitions, and exploration strategy, as well as strategic support for worldwide operations, growth projects involving private and governmental partners, and international government relations.

Mr. Kravets is also responsible for managing the relationship between Freeport-McMoRan and certain key strategic partners. Mr. Kravets has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources in Ann Arbor, Michigan; a Juris Doctor and Master in Studies of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont; and a Master in Business Administration from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.

David W. Hahn

Craig M. Berge Dean

College of Engineering, University of Arizona

David W. Hahn, an accomplished mechanical engineer specializing in thermal sciences and laser-based diagnostics, including renewable energy and biophotonics, is the dean of the College of Engineering. He has more than two decades of experience in higher education and with national agencies and laboratories, and he is a champion of diversity in engineering.

Hahn takes the helm as the college embarks on the establishment of a four-year student design program with renewed commitment to strengthening hands-on education and focusing on today’s most pressing issues – food and water, energy, health care, and security.

He joins the University of Arizona after a 20-year career at the University of Florida, where he served most recently as chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Under his leadership, the university built a 4,000-square-foot student design center, his department grew to the largest on campus in terms of student enrollment, and the female student population in mechanical and aerospace engineering increased to 20%, about 50% above the national average.

He was the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering 2007-2008 Teacher/Scholar of the Year and 2009-2010 Advisor/Mentor of the Year, and he received the UF Society of Women Engineers 2016-2017 Outstanding Support of Women in Engineering Award. Hahn is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Optical Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

Hahn began his research career as an NRC postdoctoral associate in the electro-optics branch of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He then spent four years at Sandia National Laboratories, first as a postdoctoral researcher and then as a member of the technical staff.

Hahn studied mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1986 and a doctorate in 1992. In 2014 he received the Alumni Achievement Award from his home department.

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