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Lawrence Burns (University of Michigan): The Power of And: Transforming Energy and Mobility Systems

EPIC Seminar Series

The Power of And: Transforming Energy and Mobility Systems

Location: Saieh Hall 021

Cost: Free

Featuring: Lawrence Burns, Professor of Engineering Practice, University of Michigan

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 emerging technology, integrated system opportunities surface that have the potential to simultaneously enthuse consumers and investors, and enable sustainable development. This presentation frames The Power of And and provides examples that highlight its the promise.


Bethel Haile

About the Speaker

Larry Burns is Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan, a consultant to Google Inc. and Allstate, and an advisor to several investment firms. From 2010 to 2014, he was also Director of the Program for Sustainable Mobility at Columbia University and a Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Hess Corporation.

Larry 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.

He 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 2000. 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).