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Alternative Energy Solutions From Alabama’s Natural Resources Auburn University Montgomery’s Role

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  1. Alternative Energy SolutionsFrom Alabama’s Natural ResourcesAuburn University Montgomery’s Role

  2. Auburn University Montgomery • An Overview • Established in 1967 and held first classes at current location in 1971. • Led by a chancellor who reports to the Auburn University president. • Governed by the Auburn University Board of Trustees. • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. • Offers more than 90 areas of undergraduate study within five schools. • Offers more than 20 graduate degree programs including several operated jointly or cooperatively with AU. • Current enrollment is 5,069 students. Sixty-five percent of those students are female and 39 percent minority.

  3. Auburn University Montgomery • Academic Programs Centered in Five Schools • School of Business • School of Education • School of Liberal Arts • School of Nursing • School of Sciences

  4. Auburn University Montgomery • AUM’s Accreditations • SACS • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – International • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education • Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration • American Bar Association • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences • Other program endorsements include approvals from the Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama Board of Nursing

  5. Auburn University Montgomery • Other Notable Facts About AUM • More than 80 percent of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees. • Student faculty ratio of 16-1. • Average undergraduate class size: 20 students.

  6. Auburn University Montgomery • Location, Location, Location! • Located in Alabama’s capital city with ready access to state government offices and officials. • Located in the fast-growing River Region, which includes Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore counties. • Campus adjacent to Interstate 85. • Approximately 90 minutes from Birmingham • Approximately two hours from Atlanta • Less than three hours from Mobile • Approximately three hours from Huntsville.

  7. Auburn University Montgomery • AUM University Outreach • Solution-centered. • Helps companies, public agencies and individuals expand their professional knowledge and prepare for the challenges of the future. • Operates around four centers: • Center for Advanced Technologies • Center for Business and Economic Development • Center for Demographic Research • Center for Government and Public Affairs

  8. Auburn University Montgomery • AUM Outreach’s Contract Activity • Has provided assistance to the state departments of Transportation, Finance, Health and Mental Retardation, Education, and Industrial Relations. • Currently, Outreach has 27 contracts with state agencies. • Since its inception, Outreach has averaged more than $6 million in contracts per year. • FY 2006 contracts equaled approximately $14.5 million. • Outreach units were earmarked for $587,000 in FY06-07 for government projects.

  9. Auburn University Montgomery • Other Work with Government • Alabama Commission on Government Accountability • Governor’s Commission for Action in Alabama’s Black Belt • Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service to Alabama • Certified Public Manager Program • Governmental Accounting and Auditing Training Program • Master’s of Public Administration Program • Public Finance Option within MBA and MPA Programs • SMART Budgeting/Governing Initiative

  10. Auburn University Montgomery • Our Oil-Based Energy Economy: A Global Look • World production of oil is expected to peak in the next 10 to 20 years. • As more factories open and more cars take the streets worldwide, the demand for oil will outstrip supply. As an example, China’s automobile market is expected to grow at a rate of almost 35 percent per year in the near future. • Worldwide use of oil is forecast to rise more than 50 percent by 2025 --- from 80 million barrels a day to 121 million barrels a day. • In China and India, economic growth is powered by --- and fueling a thirst for --- oil.

  11. Auburn University Montgomery • Our Oil-Based Energy Economy: A Global Look • The Consequences • A sharp increase in oil prices and more intense competition for remaining supplies. • Recent spikes in oil and natural gas prices hint of the economic instability that increased demand for oil may bring. • Natural gas prices have tripled in just a few years. • Markets react with major fluctuations in prices even after small flow disruptions, as in the Nigerian oil strike of 2004. • Every major recession in the last three decades was preceded by a spike in world oil prices, two in the 1970s and one in 1990.

  12. Auburn University Montgomery • But Haven’t Oil Prices Fallen Recently? • “The recent drop in gasoline prices has been welcome, but given the finite nature of petroleum as a resource and the unstable regions of the world where so much of it is found, it is unrealistic to think that prices will not rise substantially again.” --- Montgomery Advertiser editorial, Oct. 13, 2006

  13. Auburn University Montgomery • What Can AUM Do? • Transforming Alabama’s and the nation’s agriculture industry from a player in the energy market to a major provider of energy requires a multiple-pronged strategy. • In Alabama, AUM can play a major role in the articulation of policy and in grassroots education. • AUM can be an active participant in the discussion and articulation of a “smart growth” debate in Alabama and the region.

  14. Auburn University Montgomery • What You’ll Hear Tomorrow • AUM and AUM-sponsored experts in public policy, economics and education will discuss the support AUM can provide to the effort to grow the biofuels industry.

  15. Auburn University Montgomery • Public Policy • Lenneal Henderson, Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Administration, University of Baltimore. • Alternative energy options • Commercial nuclear power • Active and photovoltaic solar energy • Wind energy • Geothermal energy • Biofuel options, including switchgrass, ethanol and biomass • Current and future policy options for advancing alternative energy contributions to national energy requirements.

  16. Auburn University Montgomery • Economics • Keivan Deravi, AUM Professor of Economics • Carel Ligeon, AUM Assistant Professor of Economics. • Capacity: Do we have the resources? Is there enough idle, fertile land to sustain the initiative? • Costs: How much will establishment and operation of this initiative cost? • Yield: Will the return from the land make investment in the initiative worthwhile? • Efficiency: Can switchgrass be grown and harvested in an efficient manner using existing equipment? • Impact: What will be the income? The profit? How many jobs will be created?

  17. Auburn University Montgomery • Economic Expertise • Economic impact studies • Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Montgomery • DaimlerChrysler (then Mercedes Benz) in Vance • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln • Airbus (EADS of North America) in Mobile. • The Boeing Company in Decatur. • Riverfront Stadium in Montgomery

  18. Auburn University Montgomery • Econometric Model • Dr. Deravi is the architect of the Alabama Economic Forecasting Model • Used by every Alabama administration over the last two decades to generate General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets to present to the Alabama Legislature.

  19. Auburn University Montgomery • Education • Janet Warren, AUM Professor and Dean of the School Education. • Jennifer Brown, AUM Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Education. • Existing models for education about alternative fuels. - Currently, these models are being used to educate the general public. - Models could easily be tailored for use with K-12 students. • Material on alternative fuels already exists in Alabama Course of Study. • Incorporate alternative fuels materials in professional development for practicing teachers. • Emphasize alternative fuels curricular content to pre-service teachers.