Roy Summerford, 334/844-9984 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David Granger, 334/844-9999 (email@example.com)
CENTER TO BOLSTER STUDIES OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS
AUBURN - With the escalating worldwide demand for new sources of energy,
Auburn University is launching a new research center to bolster research
already under way or planned for the near future in several schools and
Interim President Ed Richardson recently told more than 60 scientists
and administrators from across campus that the university will provide
a one-year grant to launch the new Auburn Alternative Fuels Initiative
at the start of the 2006-07 fiscal year on Oct. 1.
Continued operation of the initiative or center will depend on its ability
to secure external funding, but Richardson and organizers say they are
optimistic that the center will be able to secure funding for continued
research and development of alternatives to petroleum-based fuels.
Ralph Zee of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and Graeme Lockaby
of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences are co-chairs of a nine-member
campuswide committee that is developing plans for the center.
Zee and Lockaby said Auburn researchers are working in several areas of
alternative fuels studies that, collectively, could provide a niche for
Auburn as state and national leaders recognize the need for new sources
of energy for application beyond motor vehicles. The initiative co-chairs
said the center will focus on developing technologies that can help Alabama
use its renewable natural resources to augment the nations energy
Outreach and Extension will also play a major role in bridging the gap
between university research and development of technologies in the private
sector, they said.
A statewide conference at Auburn on Oct. 23-24, Energy Solutions
from Alabama Natural Resources, will bring in visiting speakers
from industry, government and other universities to discuss the current
state and possibilities of alternative energy development.
By then, Zee and Lockaby say, work at the Auburn center will be under
way, with researchers in targeted areas gaining access to equipment, supplies,
research areas, funding and other aid to coordinate and help move their
Auburn University is a comprehensive research institution with more than
23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public
universities nationally, Auburn is Alabamas largest educational
institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral
(Contributed by Roy Summerford.)