Green auto technology conference Tuesday

By Robbie Ward | Mississippi State University

STARKVILLE – State and community leaders, university researchers and entrepreneurs will be among those gathering Tuesday at Mississippi State’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems to promote advanced “green” technology.
Open to all, the daylong program called “Movin’ Maroon” will highlight technologies developed at MSU and current research associated with improving energy options. A complete agenda is available at www.msstate.edu/web/temp/movinmaroon.pdf.
The center is housed in the 272-acre Thad Cochran Research, Development and Technology Park, located north of campus.
Showcased technology will include research to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in 18-wheel vehicles, along with the MSU design team’s ChallengeX vehicle that is taking part in the national EcoCAR 2 competition.
U.S Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., heads a list of elected and appointed officials scheduled to speak.
Motice Bruce, director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s energy division, will deliver the keynote address at 10: 30 a.m. in the Don Trotter Seminar Room. She will discuss the importance of green vehicle technology to Mississippi’s economy.
During the day, various key university researchers and administrators focused on green technology will discuss ongoing projects. Among them will be Glenn Steele, director of the university’s Sustainable Energy Research Center.
Also of special note will be a 1 p.m. interactive program that allows guests to test drive MSU’s EcoCar, propane-powered automobiles and a Nissan Leaf.
An interdisciplinary research center, CAVS provides engineering, research, development, and technology transfer to support industry and address issues and technology designed to improve human mobility.
For more information, contact Zach Rowland at (662) 325-1607 or zrowland@cavs.msstate.edu