Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Chair New Regional Transportation Alliance
December 17, 2003
Richard (Dick) Ziegler, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Transportation Programs and the National Transportation Research Center User Facility, has been named chairman of a new regional Alliance for Secure Energy and Transportation (ASET).
The organization was announced recently at the Tennessee Valley Corridor economic summit in Chattanooga by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn. ASET hopes to encourage new transportation technologies that will result in less pollution from vehicles while reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
ASET was formed to link together the top research and development interests in the Tennessee Valley to help spur the region's initiatives to become a national leader in researching, designing, developing, testing, and demonstrating cleaner and more fuel efficient transportation technologies. ASET members include the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; University of Tennessee's Knoxville and Chattanooga campuses; University of Tennessee Space Institute; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; IdleAire Technologies; Hydrocore, Inc.; City of Knoxville; Knox County; SAIC; East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition; and other institutions in the Tennessee Valley Technology Corridor.