Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Energy for Transport - 95th Thomas Hawksley Memorial Lecture

17 December 2007

Nearly all our transport is fuelled by the burning of hydrocarbons. Thus transport is the largest single producer of CO2 and curbing its growth presents an enormous challenge to society at large and our political masters. Great hope is placed on the role of technology for 'decarbonising' transport.

This lecture outlines and discusses the technologies which may help in the next few decades, together with some of the policy measures which are becoming increasingly necessary.

Meet the Speaker

Rod Smith was a Student Apprentice with the David Brown Corporation. After taking a PhD at Cambridge in the fatigue of metal, he was a Fellow of Queens' College and a Lecturer in Engineering before moving to a Chair at Sheffield University in 1988. He was Head of Mechanical Engineering before becoming the Royal Academy of Engineering/British Rail Research Professor and Chairman of Advanced Railway Research Centre. From 2000 to 2005, he was Head of Mechanical Engineering
at Imperial College London, where he is now a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professor and Chairman of the Future Railway Research Centre.

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: Professor Rod Smith FREng CEng FIMechE, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professor in Advanced Railway Engineering, Imperial College London

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