Automated Transit Network Project – Industry & University Collaboration
Solar Powered, Green, Reduced Carbon Footprint Urban Transportation
Professor Burford Furman and his engineering students will present their work on designing a solar-powered Automated Transit Network (ATN). They will also demonstrate components of their soon to be operational 1:12 scale model. ATN is an idea that has been around since the 1950s and saw significant development in the 1960s through the early 1980s. There is renewed interest in ATN by municipalities to alleviate transportation problems that plague urban areas. The project has made remarkable progress resulting from active collaboration between industry and academia (i.e., the San Jose State University team under Prof. Furman).
Prof. Burford (Buff) Furman has been on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at San José State University since 1994. Prior to joining the SJSU faculty, Prof. Furman worked at IBM in San Jose in the development of disk drive actuators and spindle motors. He has also worked as a consultant in the optomechanical and laboratory automation industries. His areas of teaching and research are primarily focused in mechatronics, precision machine design, engineering measurements, and programming.
Auditorium, Bldg. 10
2655 Seely Avenue
San Jose, CA 95134
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