Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Science Cafe: Bringing Classic Cars Back to the Future with Dr. Roger Dougal


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Science Cafe
Bringing Classic Cars Back to the Future with Dr. Roger Dougal

  
Capital City Club - 1201 Main St, Suite 2500
Columbia, SC
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
6:00pm-7:30pm
  
Free for admission - Register today!
All ages welcome and no science experience knowledge required!
Walk-ins welcome.
Calm down, Marty, I didn't disintegrate anything. The molecular structure of both Einstein and the car are completely intact.  
-Dr. Emmett Brown, Back to the Future (1985)
  
Garages are perhaps the greatest laboratory for America's innovators, whether trivial or practical. To the point, each of the following were created in someone's garage:
Beetle  
 
  • A giant beetle robot from Japan that took 11 years to build (above)
  • A near perfect replica of the Batman Tumbler (aka Batmobile)
  • A space shuttle built in a Phoenix garage
  • "The Spirit of America," one of the first record breaking jet-propelled cars
  • A 1972 MGB Roadster Sportscar fully powered by an electric engine (Photo below)
Guess which one our March speaker created? Here's a hint - There's a photo below.
Register for this month's Science Cafe as EngenuitySC and the University of South Carolina welcome Dr. Roger Dougal to share the story of how he and 15 of his students converted a 1972 MGB from a classic car collecting dust in his garage to an electric roadster speeding down the freeways of the Palmetto State. 
  
If you have a passion for classic cars and innovating in garage, this is a Science Cafe you won't want to miss!
  
Register to hear Roger's story today!

 MGB-EV
Science Cafe MGB Roger Dougal  
Photo Credit: University of South Carolina Office of Media Relations

From University of South Carolina Office of Media Relations
   
The year was 1984. Roger Dougal, a newly minted Ph.D. in electrical engineering, was beginning his career in the University of South Carolina's College of Engineering.
  
He was the new owner of a 1972 MGB - a red convertible, perfect for life in the Palmetto State, where he could zip along the highways and city streets with the car's top down practically year-round. Lightweight with easy handling, the MGB was a snazzy roadster for a young professor on the go.
  
But that was, shall we say, soooo last century.
  
Fast forward about two dozen years. Now internationally recognized for his research on power sources and systems, Dougal still loves cars and has added a passion for sailboats. The MGB was collecting dust - and a few leaves - in his garage. But the professor's ongoing curiosity about all things auto and electrical meant one thing: He had to find out if he could build an electric car. 
  
Read more on Dougal's story, then join us at Science Cafe to hear how he did it!
  
 The Road Less Traveled with Dr. Roger Dougal

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When //  Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Where // Capital City Club, 1201 Main St, Suite 2500 

Speakers// EnGenCore - Next Generation DNA Sequencing with Joe Jones and John Busch

Cost // Free for Admission; Food and beverages available for purchase

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When // Tuesday, March 13, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Where // Capital City Club, 1201 Main St, Suite 2500

Speakers // The Road Less Traveled with Dr. Roger Dougal

Cost // Free for Admission; Food and beverages available for purchase

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