Vehicle Technology: Northeast Ohio's Economic Development Engine | Weatherhead

Vehicle Technology: Northeast Ohio's Economic Development Engine

Posted 9.14.2004


CLEVELAND—The Center for Regional Economic Issues (REI) at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management will present “Vehicle Technology-Related Manufacturing and Economic Development”—a program in its Tuesdays@REI series September 14, from 4-5:45 p.m. in the Peter B. Lewis Building at Ford and Bellflower Roads on the Case campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees will see a car of the future—the Sparrow, a single-passenger electronic car on display during the event.

Civic entrepreneur Herb Crowther, representatives and entrepreneurs from private companies, development/government funding sources and academic/technology transfer departments come together for the 90-minute interactive discussion about alternative fuels, propulsion and control systems and vehicle-related advanced materials.

The purpose of the conversation is to raise the community's consciousness of how many advances in transportation technology are taking place in Northeast Ohio and brainstorm strategies for leveraging knowledge networks within this community to help drive job creation and economic development.

Crowther, co-founder of TransTech, Northeast Ohio's transportation technology economic development initiative, will moderate panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Alternative fuels: Elaine Barnes, executive director of the ClevelandGreen Building Coalition and with the board of directors of Central Ohio Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Nanomanufactured engine sensors: Bob Chalfant from ComSense Inc.
  • Collision avoidance/vehicle controls technologies: Rich Kolacinski, Ph.D., director of controls engineering, Orbital Research
  • Sparrow electric vehicle manufacturer: Rob Dobson, Myers Motors LLC (Tallmadge, OH)
  • Motor controls technologies: Iqbal Husain, Ph.D., University of Akron
  • Fuel cells: Tom Hartley, Ph.D., University of Akron

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    This discussion is part of a series of weekly forums at REI on economic development initiatives in the region and across the country. The discussions are part of "Making Change," a regional initiative supported by the SBC Foundation. The forums take place at the Weatherhead School of Management from 4-5:45 p.m. The forums provide an opportunity for individuals and organizations to talk about new ideas, initiatives and strategies to build an innovative economy in Northeast Ohio.

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