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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Flying Cars... Really!

Our guest this week is Carl Dietrich, who will lead a discussion about the "why?" and "how?" of flying cars—really!  Carl will tell the story of Terrafugia and discuss the vision for a practical shift toward a world with fewer traffic headaches and security lines -- a world where you keep your personal plug-in-hybrid-electric flying car in your garage and use it instead of a normal car.  He will bring this lofty subject "down to earth" with a discussion of the practical challenges from a technical, regulatory, and business planning perspective. Terrafugia was recently featured in the Boston Globe Magazine  http://articles.boston.com/2012-08-19/magazine/33244187_1_aerocar-carl-dietrich-bad-weather.
Carl received his SB, SM, and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT.  In 2000 Carl was formally recognized by the Aero/Astro Department as one of sixteen exceptional graduates under the age of 35. In 2006 he was the winner of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Invention.  He was the chief architect and one of the principle authors of Terrafugia's business plan, and he was awarded the Boston Business Journal's "40 Under 40" in 2009.  Carl has recently been nominated for Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine's "40 under 40" award for 2012. He has been a private pilot since the age of seventeen, and is the chief visionary behind Terrafugia.
Suggested reading:
1)  Free Flight: Inventing the Future of Travel  by James Fallows
2)  A Drive in the Clouds, The Story of the Aerocar  by Jake Schultz

  • Location:
    Taubman 401
  • Date:
    Wednesday, September 26, 2012
  • Time:
    4:30 PM

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