The Power of And: Transforming Energy and Mobility Systems
Friday, October 11, 2013 at 12:00pm
Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall, 253
Ezra's Round Table/Systems Seminar: Larry Burns (Michigan) - The Power of And: Transforming Energy and Mobility Systems
By thinking and acting holistically, a promising energy and mobility future is within our grasp. “The Power of And” is that future. By combining our abundant resources with a broad portfolio of promising technology, integrated system opportunities surface that have the potential to simultaneously enthuse consumers and investors, and enable sustainable development. This presentation will provide examples that highlight the promise of The Power of And : Transforming Energy and Mobility Systems.
Larry Burns is Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan, a Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Hess Corporation, a consultant to Google Inc, and an advisor to several investment firms. From January 2010 to June 2013, he was also Director of the Program for Sustainable Mobility at Columbia University. Burns served as General Motors Corporate Vice President of Research & Development and Planning/Strategic Planning from 1998-2009. At GM he was a member of corporate decision boards for global operations and products and was responsible for advanced technology development, product portfolio planning, capacity planning and strategic planning. Burns is a leading advocate for design and technology innovation focused on the total customer experience, and has long served as a major voice for the “reinvention of the automobile” and the diversification of transportation energy. He has championed vehicle electrification, “connected & driverless” vehicles, fuel cells, advanced batteries, bio-fuels, and innovative concept vehicles. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and has made over 500 keynote, conference and media presentations since 1998. Burns is co-author of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century (MIT Press, January, 2010). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, a M.S. in Engineering / Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).