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Congressional Field Briefing on New Engine Technologies, Fuels Set for April 17 at UCR

Congressional Field Briefing on New Engine Technologies, Fuels Set for April 17 at UCR

(April 14, 2000)

Future technologies for automotive engines and fuels will be discussed at a congressional field briefing scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, April 17, at the University of California, Riverside. The briefing is being held by the Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, chaired by Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona).

"Automotive Engine and Fuel Designs for the Future: Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Emissions" will bring together authorities on new gasoline-engine designs, hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles and fuel cells to discuss with legislators new uses of traditional hydrocarbon-based fuels and fuels derived from renewable resources, as well as their impact on fuel efficiency and air quality.

Among the witnesses scheduled to appear at the roundtable discussion are:

  • S. Kent Hoekman, senior staff scientist, Chevron
  • Roberta Nichols, currently a Regents' Lecturer at UCR and a member of the National Academy of Engineering
  • Joe Norbeck, Yeager Families Chair of Environmental Engineering at UCR and director of UCR's College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT)
  • Rob Oglesby, legislative director for the California Air Resources Board
  • S.M. Shahed, vice president of research and development for AlliedSignal Turbocharging Systems

The briefing will be held in Room 240 of the Science Library at UCR.

Members of the news media are invited to cover the briefing. For more information, call Kathy Barton at (909) 787-2495 or send e-mail to:

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