International Maglev Conference to be Held in San Diego

Aug 05, 2008

San Diego, California, 5 August 2008. General Atomics (GA) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering will welcome approximately 350 guests from around the world to San Diego for Maglev 2008, The 20th International Conference on Magnetically Levitated Systems and Linear Drives. This conference will take place December 15-18, 2008 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt alongside San Diego Bay.

This is the premiere international conference covering all aspects of magnetically levitated, propelled, and guided transportation systems. This is the first time in 15 years that this prestigious conference will be held in the U.S. The conference will cover many topics of interest to industry, academia, and transportation planners in the field, including world-wide maglev projects, vehicles, levitation, propulsion, controls, safety, linear motor applications and energy supply. Attendees are expected from 16 countries, with over 140 papers to be presented including 18 key-note and plenary papers. “This conference is an excellent opportunity to become well-informed in the field of maglev and linear motor technologies, and to meet technology and government leaders,” said Dr. Sam Gurol, GA’s Director of Maglev Systems.

GA is a San Diego-based company with a 50-year history of successful solutions for energy, defense, and environmental challenges. GA specializes in performing innovative research and development and transforming conceptual results into practical systems. Affiliated manufacturing and commercial service companies include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., which produces the Predator® family of unmanned aerial systems.

UC San Diego's Jacobs School is one of the premier engineering schools worldwide. Its Center for Control Systems and Dynamics, one of the nation's leading centers for control systems research, is working with GA on developing control design tools for maglev systems.

For further information contact:

Carl Fisher
Director, Business Development
Advanced Technologies Group 
(202) 496-8217

Dr. Sam Gurol
Director, Maglev Systems 
(858) 455-4113

Conference Web site:

Doug Fouquet
Public Relations 
(858) 455-2173
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