The future of energy-efficient transportation is here, and we are on the verge of seeing the first commercially sold solar-powered cars. The possibilities for a viable solar vehicle will offer the ability to drive without burning environmentally damaging fuels and without the need to plug-in for a charge. It could offer the perfect solution for anyone hoping to help reduce humanity’s carbon footprint.
Julian Field, Florida Tech graduate and Chairman at Solar Transport Systems, is at the forefront of this disruptive technology that will help us avoid the depletion of our limited global oil reserves.
Join us for the 2021 F. Alan Smith Distinguished Lecture on the future of transportation.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | 12 p.m.
Julian has always loved technology, which is why he was involved in creating FITV, the student-run and operated TV station at Florida Tech. These days, he lends his expertise to many start-up companies and is a senior advisor working with businesses on their e-commerce strategy and implementation. Currently, Julian is the founding chairman of a start-up that is developing solar-powered vehicles and director of an education services business. “My time at Florida Tech when I helped create FITV really planted the seed for my future career. It cultivated my love for technology and my entrepreneurship,” he said.
Field was born in Argentina, raised in Venezuela, and studied in the United States, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Florida Tech. In 1989, he went on to earn an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He currently lives in the United Kingdom.
Julian was CEO at Furniture123.co.uk, Europe’s first online furniture retailer, founded in 1999 and built into a multi-million- dollar operation. He sold it to Buy It Direct, Ltd. in 2012.
Previously, Julian was managing director at Tomlinson Furniture Ltd., a manufacturer, and wholesaler of furniture supplying an international network of retailers and distributors. He was also European marketing director at Courtaulds from 1989 to 1995, where he was responsible for marketing and export sales in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for Courtaulds’s $230 million aerospace paints and sealants business. He began his diverse career as a senior field engineer with Schlumberger, a leader in oil and gas, with international assignments in Algeria, Nigeria, and Gabon from 1985 through 1988.
In addition to sailing (he crossed the Atlantic in 2005), Julian’s passions include tutoring entrepreneurs and evolving technology. He is a member of Florida Tech’s International Advisory Board, helping to mentor and tutor future alumni worldwide.