WVU researchers developed the world’s first fully transportable heavy-duty vehicle emissions testing laboratory. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency credited a 2014 WVU study for raising questions about real-world emissions levels in Volkswagen light-duty diesel engines. Dan Carder, the WVU engineer who led the research team, was named to the 2016 Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
First in transit
Decades before the country was “going green,” WVU launched one of the country’s only eco-efficient people movers – the Personal Rapid Transit, or “PRT.” It’s the only system in the world that allows riders to travel point to point without stopping at another station.
WVU was the first in the nation to train miners and houses one of the world’s largest simulated underground coal mines. Building on its heritage of energy research, WVU is fostering the responsible use of fossil energy and the development of sustainable energy technologies. Initiatives like EcoCAR are inspiring a new generation of leaders.
About 83 million people have traveled WVU’s Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) since 1975.
WVU’s medical center is only the second in the country to use a diaphragmatic pacemaker in a pediatric patient.