The Future of Transportation
This talk is part of a Thursday morning series, hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, titled Energy, Environment, Water: Managing the Interdependencies for our Grandchildren and Beyond. It will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. Click here to see the full brochure.
About Energy, Environment, Water: Managing the Interdependencies for our Grandchildren and Beyond
Can we generate enough clean energy, and will there be enough clean water, to ensure a high quality of life in the future for all, if everyone in the world wants to live the way we do in the U.S.? This series will cover energy technologies (opportunities and challenges in energy); recent growth in use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to coax oil and gas out of the ground; implementing energy efficient technologies; transportation, an essential in providing physical connections, giving us access to goods, services, and each other – at increasingly greater speeds; and world-wide water resources. The grand challenge of our time is providing clean, sustainable, affordable, and environmentally responsible energy for everyone.
John M. DeCicco, Ph.D.
Dr. DeCicco received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University. His research area is transportation energy use with a particular focus on options for mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions impacts of vehicle-fuel systems. He currently teaches about Transportation Energy and Climate Policy.Transportation is essential for providing physical connections in human society, giving us access to goods, services and each other. As an activity, transportation grows as economies grow, and is characterized by a never-ending quest for greater speed and convenience. Transportation is intimately connected to geography, with settlement patterns shaped by natural features even as progress in transportation technology allows societies to access ever greater expanses of the world. The need for energy in transportation is as fundamental as the laws of physics, and as transportation activity expands, so has its demand for energy and impacts on the environment. Against this historical backdrop, this talk will discuss the changes underway in transportation systems and examine the forces and innovations likely to shape transportation in the future.