June 25, 2010

John Baum Appointed Associate Director of TCU Energy Institute

JohnEffective June 1, John Baum is the  Associate Director of the TCU Energy Institute, while continuing to teach  in the Department of Management for the Neeley School of Business at TCU.  The appointment will advance the partnership between the Neeley School of Business and the College of Science and Engineering.   

As associate  director, Dr. Baum will be the primary liaison for all degree and non-degree programs as well as workshops and symposia involving the TCU Energy Institute and the Neeley School of Business. He will focus on identifying the business skills needed by energy company employees at the entry level and beyond.  

“I am excited to be part of the strategic alliance between the College of Science and Engineering and the Neeley School of Business to move the TCU Energy Institute to the next level of excellence,” said Baum. 

Baum said that the alliance brings together the best thinking of geologists, engineers, environmentalists, and business experts under one roof, with the common goal of making the TCU Energy Institute the academic epicenter of research, teaching, and community service in the nation. 

TCU Energy Institute Director Ken Morgan said that Baum’s extensive background in business leadership skills will have an immediate impact on program development for TCU energy students, as well as TCU’s corporate outreach to energy industry employees.   

The TCU Energy Institute encompasses classes, workshops, seminars and research related to the technology and management of U.S. energy needs. Supported by area energy companies, the TCU Energy Institute provides a unique opportunity for students and Metroplex professionals to receive energy-related education and  training in geology, GIS, engineering, environmental science and professional land management. Strategically located in the heart of the Barnett Shale gas play and the thriving DFW Metroplex, the Institute is an important link between university teaching and research and the ever expanding energy industry, as the need for clean and reliable domestic energy resources and future technologies are developed in the U.S. 

For more information, visit http://www.energyinstitute.tcu.edu