Energy Efficiency Innovation Seminars

Energy Efficiency in Transportation Systems

With rising fuel prices and the increasing demand for environmentally-friendly products, current developments in the transportation sector are gradually focusing more on energy efficiency. In the automotive sector, manufacturers use technologies and systems to produce more “green” vehicles and increase fuel efficiency. At the same time, more and more cities support the implementation of public transit systems, extensive bike lane networks, and walkable neighborhoods. Furthermore, the integration of smart IT components for better service quality and more efficient operation is becoming an increasingly more important element in the transportation sector.
Most of these developments considered new in the U.S. are already long-established in Germany with its state-of-the-art infrastructure system. Numerous sustainability and energy-efficient technologies have already been operating successfully in Germany for many years.
The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. organized a series of Innovation Seminars focused on Energy Efficient Transportation Systems to create a transatlantic knowledge exchange on the topic. These seminars were held October 27-30 at four renowned universities across the Midwest. The seminar included presentations by select German companies and institutions, and featured an expert speaker from the transportation sector in Germany. Therefore, students were able to connect their classroom studies to real-world technologies and developments. Additionally, the seminars included opportunities for the students, their professors, and the participating German company representatives to meet and network.


Monday, October 27, 2014
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 

Thursday, October 30, 2014
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Presenting Expert Speakers

“Transportation Systems in Germany – An overview of trends and technologies”

Dr. Daniel Hinkeldein

Dr. Daniel Hinkeldein studied mechanical engineering at the Technische Universität Dresden and specialized in transportation engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin. He earned his Ph.D. while working at the German Aerospace Center (DLR e.V.) in traffic and crisis management projects. Since 2010 Dr. Daniel Hinkeldein works at the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ), a joint venture of Siemens, Deutsche Bahn, DLR, WZB and T-Systems. At the department Greenmobility he coordinates research and consulting projects on electric mobility and mobility-related information and communication technologies; i.e. VW Golf blue-e-motion in Germany and Europe. 

TAP-YTL Alumni Presentations

The following presentation were held at the seminars:

  • Ajith Chakkedath, Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, who presented at Michigan State University and University of Toledo.
  • Nathan Wukie, Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering, who presented at the Ohio State University and University of Kentucky. 

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Corinna Jess
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Tel.: +1 (312) 665-0976
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