Bill McCartney, a 1995 West Virginia University graduate in chemical engineering, has achieved great success at a relatively young age through his work in the dynamic energy trading sector. McCartney will share his experiences with students and faculty as part of the College of Engineering and Mineral ResourcesDistinguished Lecture Series Thursday, Oct. 12.

McCartneys lecture,Engineer to Energy Trader: An Alternative Career Path for Engineers,will take place at 11a.m. in Room G-83 of the Engineering Sciences Building on the Evansdale campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

McCartney began his career as a system planning engineer with CNG Transmission (now Dominion Transmission), and later began trading natural gas at CNG Energy Services. He later moved to Houston, Texas, where he has worked with some of the leading companies in energy trading, managing significant natural gas asset portfolios. While at El Paso Merchant Energy, he managed the one of the largest storage and transportation trading books, worth more than $1 billion.

McCartney currently manages more than $250 million of natural gas storage and transportation assets for Vitol S.A. Inc., an industry leader in the global energy market.

When not busy working, he is an active supporter of WVU . He and his wife, Christine, serve as co-presidents of the Lone Star Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association. McCartney also serves on the Mountaineer Athletic Club Development Council, and is one of the youngest graduates of the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources to endow a scholarship.