RIT is helping shape the future of advanced energy and transportation technologies. Leading this effort is the Center for Sustainable Mobility (CSM), established in 2006 under a $4M grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation aimed at evaluating the environmental and economic impacts of alternative fuel and propulsion technologies on the U.S. public transportation system. Today, we study everything from emerging fuel technologies—biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, fuel cells, hydrogen, and combinations of these—to their specific best-fit applications and the infrastructure required to support them. Through this research, the CSM at RIT endeavors to characterize the relationships between existing systems and advanced sustainable technologies, using this insight to forecast the requirements and impacts of a more sustainable path forward in transportation.

The CSM maintains a team of engineers equipped to leverage expertise in areas from life-cycle design to integrated systems management. Engineering challenges are met with applied research and solutions from technology and systems design and evaluation to full-scale demonstration, implementation, and support. Complementing research in alternative fuels and their associated infrastructure, the CSM also maintains a focus on developing smart transportation technologies and connected systems. These technologies—including fleet logistics systems, vehicle health monitoring technologies, and combinations of the two—show great promise to benefit a diversity of stakeholders, from the U.S. military to public transportation systems in cities of all sizes.

In these efforts, CSM partners with industry-leading companies, local and state governments, and federal agencies to lead initiatives in comprehensive research, applied development, testing, and field implementation. From solid-oxide fuel cells for the U.S. Office of Naval Research to improved maintenance and fleet management at Rochester’s own Regional Transit Authority, CSM projects cover a broad spectrum of technologies and application areas and are equipped to reach a diversity of goals. This flexibility, versatility, and breadth of expertise has made the CSM a regional center for sustainable transportation and systems modernization, and a collaborator of choice for the transportation industry at large.

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