Lawrence Burns is Director of the Program on Sustainable Mobility at the Earth Institute, professor of engineering practice at the University of Michigan, senior advisor to the chairman of Hess Corporation, and even consultant to Google Inc. As former corporate vice president of research and development at General Motors from 1998 to 2009, he was responsible for advanced technology development, product portfolio planning, capacity planning and strategic planning. He is a visionary and expert on transportation and energy, and a leading advocate for design and technology innovation focused on the total customer experience. He has long served as a major voice for the “reinvention of the automobile” and the diversification of transportation energy, and has championed vehicle electrification, connected and driverless vehicles, fuel cells, advanced batteries, biofuels, and innovative vehicle concepts.
Prof. Burns is co-author of Autonomy: The Race to Build the Driverless Car and How it Will Reshape our World (with Christopher Shulgan) and Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century (with William J. Mitchell and Christopher Borroni-Bird, MIT Press, 2010). He has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley, an MS in Engineering and Public Policy from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a BS in mechanical engineering from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).
Autonomy: The Race to Build the Driverless Car and How it Will Reshape our World with Christopher Shulgan