An Electric Future for Transportation
David G. and Diann L. Sant Endowed Professor
Director, NSF ASPIRE ERC
Utah State University
This seminar took place on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
Abstract: Electric vehicles (EVs) offer tremendous opportunity to both reduce the emissions and stabilize and reduce the cost of transportation. However, significant challenges remain, particularly in charging infrastructure. Now is the time, as our nation considers major investments in aging infrastructure, to build for a future designed to support widespread electrification of all vehicle classes. This talk will introduce the ASPIRE ERC and our mission to improve health and quality of life by catalyzing sustainable and equitable electrification in transportation.
Bio: Dr. Regan Zane is Center Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE). He holds the David G. and Diann L. Sant Endowed Professor position at Utah State University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he founded the USU Power Electronics Lab (UPEL), the Electric Vehicle and Roadway (EVR) research facility and test track, and the Battery Limits and Survivability Test (BLAST) lab. He has published approximately 200 peer-reviewed articles, has 28 issued patents, has received international and institutional recognition in research, teaching and innovation, and has raised more than $60 million in research funding to date. His recent research programs span electrified transportation charging systems and infrastructure, from battery, vehicle, and charging systems to grid integration, smart charge management, demand response and distributed energy resources. His programs maintain a strong emphasis on collaboration with academic, government and industry partners to develop and transition innovative technologies into the marketplace.