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Title: SEAS Energy VisionRoadmap Committee Report

SEAS Energy Vision/Roadmap Committee Report
  • Findings and Recommendations

Presented to ECE Industrial Advisory
Board October 26, 2007
  • Charge to Committee
  • SEAS desires to increase its focus on energy
    research and become a more significant
    participant in the States efforts to manage its
    energy needs
  • The committee was charged with developing a
    vision for the school with a corresponding
    high-level roadmap to drive a successful outcome

  • Why Energy at UVA?
  • Energy continues to be a dominate concern at both
    the national and international level. Factors
    include recent energy supply and price
    volatility, Middle East tensions, exponential
    growth of China, India and other developing
    countries, and growing concerns on global warming
  • Closer to home, Virginia has just released its
    Virginia Energy Plan (VEP) which sets goals and
    objectives to ensure its energy infrastructure
    meets the needs of a growing economy
  • The VEP sets out clear mandates for needed
    research, expected financial requirements and an
    expectation that the State, Universities, Federal
    Labs and Industry will partner in addressing the
    VEP objectives
  • UVA with its diverse and highly skilled faculty
    and students is well positioned to assist
    industry, policy makers and federal and sate
    government agencies

  • Findings

  • Among key external stakeholders, UVA is not
    viewed as an energy university
  • SEAS Present Research
  • SEAS has a significant amount of energy related
    research underway in many of its departments
  • Energy related collaboration across UVA
  • Most notable interdisciplinary effort is the
    ecoMod design project jointly sponsored by the
    School of Architecture and SEAS
  • Generally the leverage capability across UVA is
  • The UVA Capital Campaign Big Idea Institute for
    Global Sustainability provides an opportunity to
    leverage the strengths of its schools. SEAS could
    provide an important role in each of the
    identified focus areas markets and policies,
    sustainable communities, sustainable global and
    local health, alternate bio-renewable energy.

Findings - Continued
  • Peer Institution Review
  • Many national universities and engineering
    schools have energy related academic and research
    programs which tend to be broad policy,
    technology, social/cultural, sustainability
  • Many of the programs evaluated focus their
    concentration on energy via Energy Centers that
    emphasize multi-disciplinary activities. These
    centers are typically started via a major gift in
    the millions of dollars and promote partnerships
    between state agencies, other universities and
  • It appears there is a bias towards supply side
    research, heavily focused on renewable technology
  • A number of E-schools have undergraduate energy
    degree programs
  • There appears to be growing interest among
    undergrad students to take courses on energy and
    related topics
  • A number of schools have already conducted energy
    related conferences and many conduct routine
    speaker series to highlight energy and

  • Recommendations

  • SEAS Energy Vision
  • Over the next 5 years, SEAS, working in
    collaboration with other UVA schools, will
    establish itself as a research leader in
    sustainable energy supply and energy conservation
    technologies and methodologies.

  • Current Research
  • Continue current efforts with an emphasis on
  • With the appropriate UVA leadership commitment,
    SEAS and other UVA schools could quickly position
    UVA as a leader in energy conservation
    technologies, methodologies and supporting policy
  • An unexpected finding was the higher than
    expected current amount of research on energy
    conservation within SEAS
  • SEAS and facilities management have begun
    discussions on a number of partnering activities
    to minimize energy consumption across UVA
  • The Virginia Energy Plan places strong emphasis
    on the conservation side of the energy equation
    if we move forward in a timely manner UVA/SEAS
    could be a thought and technology leader in this

  • Establish an Academic Energy Minor Program
  • A package of courses that will enhance
    undergraduate knowledge of present and future
    energy challenges and opportunities
  • Should have a strong engineering technology
    focus, and include some policy discussions to
    provide students a broader picture of the
    relationship between technology and policy
  • Three core courses on energy generation,
    conservation and policy
  • Existing courses in SEAS, The College,
    Architecture and Commerce can provide additional
    credit hours
  • Continue to actively engage with the UVA Capital
    Campaign Big Idea concept
  • Move forward with the UVA Energy Summit in April
    2008 and conduct energy related seminars this

Recommendations - Continued
  • Create a SEAS Energy Institute
  • Would serve as a vehicle to ensure the
    appropriate focus on existing and new research,
    promote energy related research across UVA, work
    with external stakeholders and help secure
  • Objectives
  • Achieve SEAS Energy Vision
  • Better coordinate/integrate energy related
    research across UVA
  • Secure needed external partnerships and funding
  • Implement SEAS academic minor program
  • Conduct thought provoking energy seminars
  • Implementation
  • Hire/appoint an executive director with the
    requisite academic/research skills and
    inter-personal skills to market the program
    both to internal and external stakeholders.
    Another option is an interim director to launch
    the Institute such that a viable candidate would
    be attracted to a committed effort
  • Secure a major external sponsor(s) to seed the
    institute with funding and other resources

Steering Committee reps from UVA schools,
facilities management, others
Each research cluster will take an integrated
multidisciplinary approach that encompasses not
only needed technology but the associated policy
requirements to change societys beliefs and
appetite for energy