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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.47
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date Aug. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

San Jose State University
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Burford Furman
Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Spartan Superway Project-Solar-Powered Automated Transit Network development

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

At San José State University, we have been driving innovation in solar-powered
automated transit network (ATN) development with students since 2012 and continue to the present day through the Spartan Superway Project. The solar-powered ATN focused on two efforts, one of which was to develop a new curriculum stem in sustainable mobility within departments, and the other to drum up industry projects for a newly conceived interdisciplinary senior project program in the College of Engineering. The program also involves the participation of student across the globe. In summer 2015, students from Brazil, Sweden, South Korea, Frances were part of the International Summer Program.

http://www.inist.org/Projects/SpartanSuperway


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Students played a vital role in the development of ATN. San Jose State University have been successful in advancing the state-of-the-art with groups of students from San José State University and around the world since 2012.

Few results of the program:
• ¼ scale model, which will feature a guideway that will demonstrate that vehicles can traverse 30° inclines.
• Fail safe bogie design
• Expanded 1/12th scale model that will enable demonstration of network operation
• Smart phone user interface that will simulate (and actually control) how a user would interact with the system.
• Active vehicle suspension.
• Expanded solar power for all models.
• Wayside power pickup for model operation.

Observation of the program with respect to student:
1. Students bring creativity and enthusiasm into the work.
2. The Student can accomplish a lot with limited resources.
3. The whole enterprise is simultaneously advancing the technology and educating the next generation of workers and entrepreneurs who will be ready to step into the new transit paradigm when it gains widespread acceptance.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement ---
Air & Climate ---
Buildings ---
Dining Services ---
Energy Yes
Grounds ---
Purchasing ---
Transportation Yes
Waste ---
Water ---
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Climate Change

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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