September 19-21, 2016
Novi, Michigan, USA
Suburban Collection Showplace
James A. BuczkowskiHenry Ford Technical Fellow and Director
Electrical and Electronics Systems, Research and Innovation Jim Buczkowski is a Henry Ford Technical Fellow and Director, Electrical and Electronics Systems Research and Innovation. He is responsible for the research and design of electrical and electronic systems, including in-car information and entertainment, telematics, driver information, and active safety systems for Ford vehicles globally. Buczkowski has been with Ford for 37 years and has experience in electronics design, electronics manufacturing (including manufacturing assignments in Spain as well as the U.S.), product development quality, and manufacturing and supply chain information technology. He's been involved or led key projects, including Ford SYNC and MyFord Touch connectivity systems, Ford's Common Global Electrical architecture, and early in his career, Ford's first 16- and 32-bit powertrain controls electronic designs. Buczkowski is also active in the Electrical System Group within SAE International's Motor Vehicle Council, helping to develop standards for current and emerging technologies and act as a bridge to the high-tech consumer electronics community. Buczkowski is passionate about the future of innovation and is dedicated to ensuring students and young professionals are prepared to solve the next generation of transportation dilemmas. He is active in Ford's sponsorship of research projects at the University of Michigan, MIT, and with the opening of Ford's Silicon Valley Research Lab, hopes to engage with Stanford as well. Recognizing the need to influence young people to get interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), he provides active support for the SquareOne education network that helps high school and grade school students learn and fosters their interest in science and engineering. Buczkowski also volunteers as a judge for the annual Multiple Sclerosis DaVinci Awards that recognize and honor innovation in assistive and adaptive technologies. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a master's degree in electrical engineering, both from the University of Michigan.