About the Author

Walter SimpsonWalter Simpson is an energy professional and environmental educator who served for 26 years as Energy Officer at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). At UB, he led a nationally recognized campus energy conservation program credited with over $100 million in savings. He also founded and directed the UB Green Office, UB’s environmental sustainability office, and taught many college-level energy and environmental courses.

After studying engineering at Lehigh University, Walter received a B.A. in philosophy from Boston University, and master’s degrees in philosophy and environmental studies from UB. He is editor/co-author of The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability and author of Cool Campus! A How-to Guide for College and University Climate Action Planning.  A former director of the Western New York Peace Center, he first became interested in the energy issue when he realized that energy waste and foreign energy dependence could cause war as well as environmental harm.

Walter has had a lifelong interest in railroads, and, with the assistance of many experts, has applied his knowledge of energy to the subject of diesel-electric locomotives—producing this groundbreaking, comprehensive volume. He and his wife Nan reside in a super-insulated solar home in Amherst, New York. Their son Jay works in law enforcement and their daughter Skye is a writer and editor.

The author can be reached through his www.diesel-electric-locomotives.com website which has been created to complement this book. Among other things, the website provides “live links” for the numerous articles, reports, and other resources referenced in this book’s appendix and endnotes.