UCLA Faculty Center
Thursday June 23, 2009, 6:30 PM
$25 dinner/$30 with dessert
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Dr. Stephenson will present his views on the technological challenges which must be addressed to make hydrogen vehicles practical and affordable. He will also discuss the ways in which these vehicles can
help us reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions.
He has recently completed a two-month long test drive of a GM Equinox fuel cell vehicle. GM has deployed over 100 of these vehicles in three test markets. He will describe the engineering, economic and political hurdles for bringing the hydrogen car to market and compare the technology to other automobile technologies under development.
R. Rhoads Stephenson has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He spent 36 years at Caltech’s JPL and worked in both the energy and space areas. For the last seven years he has been a consultant to the Motor Vehicle Fire Research Institute (MVFRI). He was head of R&D for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 1978 to 1981. Dr.
Stephenson is a member of the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council’s review committee on the DOE/USCAR FreedomCAR
program. He was head of the Society of Automotive Engineer’s (SAE)
Fire Safety Committee and organized sessions on Fire Safety for the 2005, 2006, and 2007 SAE Congresses. He is also active on CSA, SAE, and ISO committees developing hydrogen vehicle and component safety standards