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Technologies and Approaches to Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
the Energy Research and Development Administration/Department of Energy, senior advisor on energy in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury, and as a participant in the U.S. State Department’s AMPART program for Asia. He has been a consultant to the White House, federal and state government agencies, and various corporations and research organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences. His consulting background includes energy technology and market forecasting, estimating costs and benefits of environmental legislation and regulation, assessment of energy and environmental R&D programs, and energy price and market forecasting. A recent study he conducted evaluated the costs and benefits of light-duty fuel economy standards. He also served as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Energy Futures and Air Pollution in Urban China and the United States. Dr. Bezdek received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Nigel N. Clark is professor and director of the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and holds the George Berry Chair of Engineering, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, University of West Virginia (UWV). He has also held assistant and associate professor positions there. Previous positions include factory survey engineer with the Water Research Commission, Durban, South Africa, and contract researcher for the Council for Mineral Technology, Durban, South Africa. Dr. Clark’s areas of interest include vehicle design, advanced vehicle concepts, alternative fuels, and measurement and reduction of vehicle emissions. He has published extensively in the areas of particle science and multiphase systems. He has conducted research and published in the areas of fuel economy and emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, including buses and heavy hybrid vehicles. He received the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Outstanding Researcher Award and the Researcher of the Year Award from the UWV, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. He has a Ph.D. in engineering and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Natal, South Africa.
Thomas M. Corsi is professor and co-director of the Supply Chain Management Center, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He joined the Robert H. Smith School of Business in 1976 as a professor of logistics and transportation. He served as chairperson of the Logistics and Transportation Group from 1986 through 1994. During that time the group received recognition from the TransportationJournal as the most prolific faculty group in the nation based on published research in the field. He is an associate editor of the Logistics and Transportation Review and serves on the editorial review board of the Transportation Journal. He has authored more than 100 articles on logistics and transportation. He has consulted for such organizations as the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Maryland State Department of Transportation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Truck Stop Operators, United Parcel Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Army Logistics Agency. He has authored three books: The Economic Effects of Surface FreightDeregulation (Brookings Institution, 1990), Logistics andthe Extended Enterprise: Benchmarks and Best Practicesfor the Manufacturing Professional (John Wiley & Sons, 1999), and In Real Time: Managing the New Supply Chain (Praeger Books, 2004). He holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Duke Drinkard is retired and works part-time as president of the 21st Century Driver and Truck Alliance and as an energy consultant. After high school he worked for Southeastern Freight Lines for 48 years in various jobs, including; dock worker, all jobs in the maintenance shop, pickup and delivery driver, road driver, dock foreman, driver trainer, building maintenance, real estate, field engineer, director of maintenance, and vice president of maintenance. He was a member of the North Carolina Maintenance Council, founding member of the South Carolina Maintenance Council, and past member of the RCCC and ATA’s TAG committee. He served in all positions, including chair of the TMC and the South Carolina Maintenance Council, chair of the Future Truck Committee and VMRS Committee, and vice chair of the S-6 and S-12 study groups of TMC, and he currently cochairs the Far Horizons Committee and is a member of the S-11 Energy Conservation Study Group. He has made presentations before many groups, including the Society of Automotive Engineers and the New Zealand Safety Council. He holds an associate degree in mechanical engineering from Midland Technical College.
David E. Foster is professor of mechanical engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and director of the Engine Research Center. A member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin since completing his Ph.D., Dr. Foster teaches and conducts research in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, internal combustion engines, and emission formation processes. His work has focused specifically on perfecting the application of optical diagnostics in engine systems and the incorporation of simplified or phenomenological models of emission formation processes into engineering simulations. He is a recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Award, the Forest R. McFarland Award, and the Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers and is an SAE Fellow. He has served on a number of National Research Council committees including the Committee on Review of the Research Program of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles and the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin and has won departmental, engineering society, and university awards for his classroom teaching. He received a B.S. and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from