Past Event

UNDERGRAD EVENT: Self-Driving Trucks and the Climate Impacts of Rail-to-Road

WednesdayApril 22, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM Kleinman | Free Event
Virtual webinar
United States
Contact Information

Kim Szczurowski:

  • Steve Viscelli
    Senior Fellow
    Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
This event is intended for Penn undergraudate students only. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, it will be held virtually through webinar. 

How automation could increase emissions from freight transportation?

Steve Viscelli is an author and lecturer in Penn’s department of Sociology. He is an expert on public policy related to freight transportation, automation, and energy demands of the transportation sector. This undergraduate seminar will focus on Viscelli’s recent work on self-driving trucks and the risks they pose to emissions targets. As self-driving trucks become increasingly viable as a means of moving cargo, they threaten to displace shipping by rail—a far more energy efficient and climate friendly mode-choice.

This seminar is part of our Undergraduate Climate and Energy Seminar program. In recognition of Earth Day, we are opening this week's session only to all Penn undergraduate students who are interested in the program. If you are considering applying to by an Undergraduate Seminar Fellow next year, this is a great opportunity to learn about the program.

Please register by emailing Kim Szczurowski ( 

This seminar is intended for Penn undergraduates! Please only register if you are a current Penn undergraduate student.