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Electric Vehicles: Can Legislation Keep up with Technology?

Webinar - Online
Alicia Tomaszewski – tec@ieee.org
Russell Harrison

Abstract:  Are electric vehicles an emerging technology, or a mature technology?  Policy makers can't decide.  Some legislators believe electric vehicles are a mature product, ready to sink or swim in the free market.  To others, the technology is still in its infancy and requires government assistance to survive.   Join IEEE-USA's Director of Government Relations, Russell Harrison, for a discussion on the state of this debate, and how it could play out in Washington and in state houses across the country. 

Biography:  Russ has 25 years of experience working on behalf of professional societies, companies and trade associations in Washington, D.C.  He is currently Director of Government Relations for the IEEE-USA, the American component of the world’s largest technical professional society.  With nearly 180,000 individual members across the United States, IEEE-USA is the leading voice for technology professionals in the United States.

Over his 17-year career with IEEE-USA, Russ has represented IEEE members on dozens of policy issues including autonomous vehicles, digital privacy, AI, federal research funding, export control, and immigration.  In addition to directly engaging with policy makers, Russ strives to build bridges between engineers and politicians.  He has spoken at over 260 local, national and international events about public policy and the need for regular citizens to interact with their elected leaders.

Prior to IEEE-USA, Russ represented recycling facilities and the steel industry on Capitol Hill.  He has a Master’s in Public Management from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in political science from Allegheny College.  Russ is a Certified Association Executive (ASAE) and Planning Commissioner (Virginia Tech).

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