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UTC and the Advanced Transportation Technology Institute Create Research Program

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and the Advanced Transportation Technology Institute (ATTI), a non-profit organization dedicated to the adoption of advanced technology and clean-fuel vehicles, announce a new “Advanced Technology for Transportation Research Program.” ATTI will relocate its staff offices to the Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences building on UTC’s campus.

“The affiliation is an exciting step for UTC’s research initiatives in advanced transportation technologies,” stated UTC Chancellor Roger Brown. “With its commitment to ‘educate, advocate and demonstrate,’ ATTI brings a legacy of experience and expertise at a national level. When complemented by the capability of the UTC faculty and staff to conduct research and the enthusiastic interest of UTC students to build and test prototypes that demonstrate technology, we will build an expanding research portfolio.”

At the same time, the affiliation provides ATTI with deeper engineering and computing resources which will significantly advance the Institute’s ability to respond to project and grant requirements. “This step is a new chapter for ATTI,” stated ATTI Board Chairman Steve Leach. “As a freestanding entity with a small professional workforce, the Institute in recent years has been challenged in responding to major project opportunities. Our ability to support these efforts -- and the mission of the Institute -- will be enhanced significantly by this working relationship in our hometown.”

The purpose of the new research program is to conduct multiple demonstration projects in advanced technologies that are ready for real-world, commercial application. Activities will encompass research and educational programs in the transportation sector and will involve faculty, scientists, students and staff at UTC. Opportunities will include educating the public in the use of hydrogen fuel in mass transit, alternative transportation modes (hybrids), and fast charging of batteries.

Dr. John Friedl, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academics noted, "The collaboration between UTC and ATTI represents the ideal for this or any university, merging academic research with real-world applications. We are very excited about the contributions that our faculty will make to improving transportation technology, and about the opportunities that this research will bring to our faculty and students."

“Through the Institute, UTC has a tremendous opportunity to develop and leverage industry partnerships that provide a real-world classroom for engineering students,’ said Guerry Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science Ron Bailey. “Through UTC, the Institute will be able to access the energies and creativity of our engineering students that can help transportation industry partnerships grow.”

Dr. Philip Kazemersky of the College of Engineering and Computer Science will be the Principal Investigator (PI) for the program and will, as a result, have to resign from ATTI’s Board of Directors. Leach commented, “With his prior knowledge of the Institute, its staff, and its activities, having Dr. Kazemersky serve as the PI is a huge advantage for ATTI and the program.”

The research partners received a solid “thumbs up” from 3rd district congressman Zach Wamp for their effort to team on advanced technology research. During the Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit recently held in Washington DC, Rep. Wamp stated, “We are fortunate to have in the Tennessee Valley a number of leading organizations focused on our nation’s most pressing challenges -- energy and homeland security. Only through collaborative efforts such as the affiliation of ATTI and UTC will our country meet these challenges.”

In his keynote address at the 2005 Kruesi Spirit of Innovation Award event, Ford Motor Company Chairman and CEO Bill Ford observed, “You are the national leaders in research and development of clean fuel and transportation technology. And you have such great institutions as the Advanced Transportation Technology Institute and the SimCenter at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Both of these entities are exploring new ideas and helping us collectively to create a better world.”

As a private, nonprofit organization, ATTI promotes the advancement of electric, hybrid-electric and other clean transportation technologies that encourage a healthy environment and energy independence. The Institute helps educate the public about alternative fuels, assists transit systems to implement clean fleets and coordinates clean vehicle demonstrations throughout North America. The Institute works closely with cities in developing clean-fuel transit projects, including Louisville, Knoxville, Indianapolis, Miami Beach and Tempe. ATTI also supports regional organizations such as the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition in educating the public on the advantages of clean fuel technology. See more information at

September 23, 2005

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