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MORGANTOWN, WV -

Nigel Clark, West Virginia University's associate vice president for academic strategic planning as well as the school's George B. Berry Chair of Engineering, has been appointed to an ad hoc committee formed to continue the work done in 2010 by the National Research Council for the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A committee made up of 19 industry representatives and educators will meet to assess technologies for reducing fuel consumption of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

The updated assessment will reassess the technologies analyzed in part one of the NRC report by providing updated estimates of the cost, potential efficiency improvements and barriers to commercial deployment of technologies that might be employed in model years 2022 and beyond.  

The assessment will reflect developments since the initial report was issued and investigate any new technologies that may become important in model years beyond 2022-23. The committee will also examine and make recommendations for improvements to the medium- and heavy-duty fuel efficiency program.

Clark has extensive experience in vehicle design, advanced vehicle concepts, alternative fuels and the measurement and reduction of vehicle emissions. He has conducted research for government and industry in the areas of fuel economy and emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, including buses and heavy hybrid drive vehicles, and works with the International Council for Clean Transportation on technology and efficiency review. 

A fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Clark previously served as director of WVU's Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions and has been responsible for implementing and performing well over $50 million in research.

The committee will work under the oversight of the National Academies Division on Engineering and Physical Science, Studies and Special Programs Division. The committee, which is chaired by Andrew Brown Jr., vice president and chief technologist with Delphi Corp., is expected to issue its report in December 2015.