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Trade-offs Between Automation and Light Vehicle Electrification

June 29th, 2020

June 29, 2020

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Venkat Viswanathan and colleague Parth Vaishnav, along with doctoral students Aniruddh Mohan and Shashank Sripad, were published in the most recent issue of Nature Energy where they explored how adding self-driving capability to electric vehicles might affect range.  Access the article here.

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Importance of Workforce Training for Intelligent Transportation Systems Workers

June 25th, 2020

June 25, 2020

Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 Executive Director, participated in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Transportation and Operations Forum and discussed the importance of workforce training for intelligent transportation systems workers through community colleges and universities.

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Viswanathan Named One of MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35

June 24th, 2020

June 24, 2020

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Venkat Viswanathan has been named one of MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35.

“Viswanathan is recognized for his work to develop a new type of battery that could make electric vehicles (EVs) cheaper and more energy efficient. His research specifically focuses on developing a new type of battery with an anode made out of pure lithium. While lithium metal batteries have great potential, they are prone to forming dendrites that arise when charging fast. These dendrites shorten the batteries’ lifetime and can lead to fires and explosions. To combat this, Viswanathan has developed a hybrid polymer-ceramic separator between the batteries’ electrodes that can apply enough pressure to keep the dendrites from forming. Viswanathan has collaborated with several companies on battery design and production. He and his team have received funding from the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program to continue their research, which has the potential to change the nature of transportation.” Find out more here.

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Council of University Transportation Center’s (CUTC) Annual Meeting

June 11th, 2020

June 9 & 10, 2020

Held earlier this week, the Annual Council of University Transportation Center‘s  summer meeting brings together the nation’s leading transportation professionals from academia and industry along with U.S. DOT and other transportation agency officials.  Raj Rajkumar, Director, Stan Caldwell, Executive Director and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of Mobility21 participated in the meeting.

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Smart Belt Coalition Quarterly Meeting

June 11th, 2020

June 10, 2020

Stan Caldwell participated in the quarterly meeting of the Smart Belt Coalition.  The coalition includes universities and state transportation agencies in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania to further develop a multi-state connected and automated vehicle real-world testing environment.  Stan is a founding member of the coalition.

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