Monday, September 4, 2017

UJ Futran visits Futran test track

On September 4, 80+ senior Civil Engineering students from the University of Johannesburg visited the Futran Systems test track north of Brits in South Africa.

A few more photos are posted here.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

University of Johannesburg designs Futran System

The University of Johannesburg Civil Engineering senior capstone project for 2017 is to design a solar-powered, suspended podcar network for Johannesburg under the sponsorship of Futran Systems. The 8 student teams are designing routes, structures, and stations, with attention to structural engineering, geotech, water systems (such as toilet facilities for passengers), and more.

As a pioneering academic institution in this emerging field, UJ is also developing a curriculum for advanced studies in sustainable public transit.

The students are beginning to create their individual and group blogs as a tool to exchange information with others who are working in parallel with them. These blogs can be seen on their project blog:
The project teams have been informed about the SPARTAN Superway, another pioneering parallel initiative at San José State University in Silicon Valley.

More details about the San José State program can be seen here:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Summer 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduate & Graduate students

Tired of traffic, fossil fuel usage, and pollution?
Do you want to work on a new paradigm for urban transportation – solar-powered automated rapid transit ascendant network (SPARTAN) and get practical, real-world experience?
If interested, please go to the following URL and fill out an application:

The Spartan Superway is a new paradigm for sustainable urban transportation that consists of solar-powered automated rapid transit ascendant networks (SPARTAN). SPARTAN features non-stop, on demand, origin-to-destination travel service that is powered by solar energy.
Candidate summer interns will fill out an application (see above) that will help the management team decide which project best fits your interests. There are potential opportunities in Mechatronics, Mechanical Design, Structural Engineering, Solar Design / Generation / Grid Integration, Urban Design and Planning, Vehicle Cabin Design, Power Electronics, Industrial Systems Engineering, and Mobile App Development.
There are two options for SJSU housing (8 week stay minimum for program):
  1. SJSU International House:
    1. I-House Summer Application: Start date June 1st, 2017. End Date August 1st, 2017. $30 / Night → 8 weeks = $1,680 + $100 for linens, with possible $50 rebate for linens.
    2. Campus Village Building Application: Start date June 1st, 2017. End date August 11th, 2017.  Rates vary from $195 - $365 / week dependent upon availability + $15 for linen package. Minimum Price: $1,575. Maximum Price: $2,935
    3. Round trip flights from your home → San Jose → and return = $500-$1000 (?)
    4. Food costs = ~$50 / week = $400
For more information, please contact:

Eric Hagstrom - Spartan Superway General Manager:
Prof. Burford Furman - Spartan Superway Co-Director:
Ron Swenson - Spartan Superway Co-Director: