News in Brief
World Renowned Professor Named Director of Cal-(IT)2
UCI’s Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology leadership team is now complete, adding Albert F. Yee, an internationally renowned materials science professor, researcher and engineer as their director.
In addition to directing Cal-(IT)2, Yee will also have a faculty position with the Henry Samueli School of Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
Yee’s term will begin Jan. 1, 2004 and he brings with him more than 32 years of experience in the industry.
Toyota Leases Car to UCI’s National Fuel-Cell Research
In an effort to understand how hydrogen-powered cars can be more efficient, Toyota has leased a second car to UCI’s National Fuel-Cell Research Center.
This will be the second car the center leases from Toyota, the first being last December with a $10,000-a-month prototype. The money for UCI to lease the Toyota FCHV-4 fuel-cell hybrid cars are backed fully by corporate sponsors.
As concluded by testing, the vehicles have a maximum speed of 96 miles per hour. California is forcing auto companies to have at least 250 hydrogen fuel-cell cars on the road by 2008.