Lisa Schweitzer, assistant professor of urban affairs and planning in the School of Public and International Affairs of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, and research fellow in the Center for Sustainable Mobility of Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute, has been invited as an international expert in residence for the STaR City 2005-2008 program, sponsored by the European Union.

Schweitzer is hosted by the department of mechanical engineering in the Instituto Superior Técnico, the largest engineering university in Portugal. She will be joining researchers from the Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, the University of Newcastle on Tyne, the National Technical University of Athens, and the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (Bulgaria).

Her participation in the program has been sponsored by the European Union’s Sixth Framework Programme's Human Resources and Mobility (HRM) Marie Curie Actions funds, which promote excellence in European research by enhancing opportunities for the transfer of research and ideas across international boundaries. The STaR City 2005-2008 research and education initiative facilitates the training and research of urban sustainability, including transportation, energy, waste management, and urban planning.

Schweitzer will engage in teaching and research discussions on the policy and theoretical issues associated with sustainable mobility. Students in the program will work with faculty on case studies for mobility solutions in cities of Europe, the USA, and South America. The group will address the policy framework for technology adoption associated with hydrogen, CNHG, biofuels, hythane, and their market implications in different parts of the world.

Lisa Schweitzer, of Blacksburg, received a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa.

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Instituto Superior Técnico

STaR City Program

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the largest of its type in the nation. The college is composed of two schools and the departments of landscape architecture, building construction, and art and art history. The School of Architecture + Design includes programs in architecture, industrial design and interior design. The School of Public and International Affairs includes programs in urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy, and government and international affairs. The college enrolls more than 2,000 students offering 22 degrees programs taught by 160 faculty members.