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Dr. Daniel Sperling's Presentation on "Hydrogen Highways"

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Dr. Daniel Sperling
Dr. Daniel Sperling
Director, Institute of Transportation Studies Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
UC Davis

On August 18, 2004, Dr. Daniel Sperling from UC Davis presented "Hydrogen Highways."

Professor Sperling was a member of the National Academies committee that authored a recent report on hydrogen, and is co-editor of the new book, "The Transition to Hydrogen Fuel." Dr. Sperling is co-director of a large research program on "Hydrogen Pathways," funded by most of the major oil and automotive companies in the world, as well as Caltrans and other government agencies.

Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) at the University of California, Davis. He is also co-director of UC Davis's Fuel Cell Vehicle Center and New Mobility Center. ITS-Davis administers over $6 million in research contracts and grants, is staffed by 100 researchers, and specializes in advanced transportation technologies, energy and environmental impacts, and travel behavior.

Dr. Sperling is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. In the past 20 years, he has authored or co-authored over 140 technical papers and six books.

Daniel Sperling is Associate Editor of Transportation Research D (Environment) and a current or recent editorial board member of four other scholarly journals. He is a recent member of U.S. National Academy of Sciences committees on Personal Transport in China (2000-02), Surface Transportation Environmental Cooperative Research Program Advisory Board ('99-01), Biomass Fuels R&D ('99), Enabling Transportation Technology R&D ('98), Transportation and a Sustainable Environment ('95-'97), Transportation Options for Megacities ('94), and Liquid Fuel Options ('89-'90).

He is founding chair and emeritus member of the Alternative Transportation Fuels Committee of the U.S. Transportation Research Board, and serves on many advisory committees and Boards of Directors for environmentally-oriented organizations. He consults for international automotive and energy companies, major environmental groups, and several national governments.

Dr. Sperling has testified numerous times to the US Congress and various government agencies, and provided keynote presentations and invited talks in recent years at international conferences in Japan, Europe, and North America.

He was awarded the 1993 Gilbert F. White Fellowship by Resources for the Future (Washington, D.C.), the 1996 Distinguished Public Service Award by the University of California, Davis, the 1997 "Clean Air Award" by the American Lung Association of Sacramento, and (as ITS-Davis director) 1998 Employer of the Year Award by the Women's Transportation Seminar of Sacramento.

Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (with minors in Economics and Energy & Resources), Professor Sperling worked two years as an environmental planner for the US Environmental Protection Agency and two years as an urban planner in the Peace Corps in Honduras. He has an undergraduate degree in engineering and urban planning from Cornell University. During 1999-2000, he was on leave as a visiting scholar at OECD (European Conference of Ministers of Transport).

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