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ME 150th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series: Carla Bailo


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan will welcome Carla Bailo in the Mechanical Engineering 150th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series.

Carla BailoCarla Bailo
President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
Former Senior Vice President – R&D, Nissan North America

Lecture: The Future of Mobility – Industry View: 2025 and Beyond
May 24, 2018
Lecture 4:00 p.m.
Reception to Follow

Chesebrough Auditorium
2121 Bonisteel Blvd.
220 Chrysler Center
Ann Arbor, MI


The U.S. automotive industry is in the midst of a critical period. U.S. light vehicle sales are plateauing at a very high level and include a rich mix of pickup trucks, SUVs, and CUVs that are producing record profits. Despite all the new truck, SUV, and CUV launches so far in 2018, companies’ presentations commonly focus on the future of connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies, new mobility service models, and advanced powertrain solutions. The rise of innovative mobility services, such as ridehailing, bikesharing, and carsharing, is part of a mobility evolution, a long-term gradual evolution of transportation preferences, toward on-demand shared mobility and a multimodal system that is less car-centric. These services represent an opportunity for the automotive industry to develop new services, new vehicle concepts, new functionalities, new ownership models, and new business partnerships. Ms. Bailo’s talk will take a look at an industry view of 2025 and beyond including; how mobility, electrification and IoT will impact the industry; leveraging partnerships to drive growth; the war for talent, and implications for U.S. engineering and skilled talent development institutions and the overall technological leadership of the United States.

Carla Bailo is the President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. Under her leadership, CAR continues to be a preeminent resource of objective and unbiased research, analysis, and information regarding the North American automotive industry. In addition to her role at CAR, Ms. Bailo is the 2016-2018 vice president of automotive for SAE International, a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Prior to joining CAR, she was most recently the assistant vice president for mobility research and business development at The Ohio State University. She also has 25 years of experience at Nissan North America, Inc., where she served as senior vice president of research and development. Ms. Bailo also spent 10 years at General Motors. She has an MS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.