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International Conference to Focus on Maglev
Maglev 2008, The 20th International Conference on Magnetically Levitated Systems and Linear Drives, will convene Dec. 15 to 18 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. Approximately 300 people from around the world will participate in the meeting, hosted by General Atomics and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering.
The meeting, held every two years, is the premier international conference covering all aspects of magnetically levitated, propelled, and guided transportation systems. This is the first time in 15 years that this prestigious conference has been held in the U.S.
Scheduled speakers will include U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA); U.S. Reps. James Oberstar (D-MN), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA); and Will Kempton, director of California DOT.
Among the topics to be addressed are the expanding commercialization of maglev systems worldwide; U.S. high-speed maglev projects proposed in the California-Nevada, Baltimore-Washington, Atlanta-Chattanooga, Nashville, and Pittsburgh corridors, which are eligible for federal funding; and innovative technology applications. The conference also will include a tour and demonstration of the General Atomics Maglev test track and a tour of the structures laboratory at UCSD used for seismic evaluation of large civil structures.
The Maglev 2008 program and additional information can be found online at www.maglev08.com/home.htm. For more information, contact call Sam Gurol, conference co-chair, at (858) 455-4113.