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Heywood 16 (2:22)
Topic(s): Auto Industry / Future Transport
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What motivates my own efforts and those of my colleagues
and students in our lab to work hard on these issues? It is because we feel
technology has got a vital role in this—not the only role, but a vital role -
and we need everything that technology can give us to make our energy use in
transportation, and in other areas, sort of more efficient and more effective -
use energy better.
What many people don't realize is that in
engineering, with technical products, the more you know, the better you can do
things. So part of what we do is we understand what's going–
what's going on inside engines. Why can't we make them more
efficient? What are the limits? Because if we understand those limits in a
basic way, that'll prompt our thinking of ways around these limits;
it'll enable us to push those limits further out. So, first of all, if we
understand what's going on, we can do something about these constraints,
but also realize that there are some opportunities and then we'll explore
those opportunities. We'll try and make them real. What would we have to
do to make them real?
So it's a combination of understanding, feeding
that information out into the technical community, in the industry, the
technical community more broadly, and then it's about: can we think of
some good ideas that the practical side of the business could pick up and
develop, that would move us all in the same direction? And it isn't just
a better product. A cheaper product that's good means it will use–
it'll be used more rapidly and more often. So all of these things matter.
And then we are also training and educating young people
who are fascinated by this technology; that they're interested in
transportation—they love engines. So they're going to go out and work
on the next generation and the next generation of engines. And the more they
know, and they more intensely they can channel their energy and knowledge into
making things better, the faster we'll progress.
So that's what drives us here. We think we can make
a contribution to knowledge, generate some good new ideas, and provide a
really, sort of, creative and motivated engineering force, workforce, that can
go out there and have an impact.