Published on March 13, 2014 by Sean Flynt  

Samford University's Howard College of Arts and Sciences will host "Building Our Energy Future: A Symposium on the Global status and Future of Energy," May 19-21.

The symposium will address a variety of energy issues, including traditional energies, emerging technologies and resources.

Confirmed speakers and topics include:
Dr. Nick Tew (Geological Survey of Alabama) Natural Resources and Alabama’s Economy
Drew Nelson (Environmental Defense Fund) A Study on Standards for Methane Emissions
The Hon. Cam Ward (Alabama State Senate) Energy and Policy in Alabama
Dr. Richard Esposito (Southern Company) Carbon Capture and Storage In the U.S.
Dr. Jack Pashin (Oklahoma State University) Tar Sands Development
Dr. Alan Hargrave (Samford University) Solar Energy in the U.S.
Dr. Charlie Haynes (consultant) Coal Bed Methane
Mr. David Roberson (Drummond Coal) The Future and Challenges of Coal in the U.S.
Mayor Eugene Melton (Trussville, Ala.) The City of Trussville's Public CNG Fueling Station
Dr. Helenka Nolan (University of Alabama) An Examination of U.S. Firms’ Renewable Energy Utilization and Financial Performance
Mr. Alan Peeples (Alabama Power Company) Hyrdroelectric Power Generation in Alabama
Mr. Patrick Buckley (Pioneer Green Energy) The Global Status and Future of Wind Power Generation
Mr. Bin Huang (HuaNeng Group) Carbon Capture and Storage Experience in China
Canada (Canadian Consulate) Oil Shale and Tar Sands in Canada
Dr. Liu Wei (Chengdu University of Information Technology) China's Energy Challenges

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.