SAE 2016 North American International Powertrain Conference

September 21-23, 2016

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Westin Chicago River North Hotel
Lawrence D. Burns, PhD

Lawrence D. Burns, PhD

Business Advisor

Larry Burns advises organizations on the future of mobility, logistics, manufacturing, energy and innovation. His current clients include Google Inc., Allstate Corporation, Kitson & Partners and a major U.S. shipping company.

From 2010 to 2015, he was also Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan, Director of the Program for Sustainable Mobility at Columbia University, Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Hess Corporation and on the Advisory Board of Greentech Capital Advisors.

Larry served as General Motors Corporate Vice President of Research & Development and Planning from 1998-2009. He was a member of GM's top decision board and was responsible for advanced technology development, product portfolio planning, capacity planning and strategic planning.

Larry is a major voice for the "reinvention of the automobile" and the diversification of transportation energy. He has championed driverless and connected vehicles, vehicle electrification, fuel cells, advanced batteries, bio-fuels, and innovative concept vehicles.

Larry is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the ITS America Hall of Fame, is co-author of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century (MIT Press, January, 2010) and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and leadership meetings.

Larry has 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).



Platinum Sponsors
  • AVL
  • BMW
  • FEV
  • Fiat Chrysler
  • Ford Motor Company
  • GM
  • Hyundai
  • Nissan
  • Ricardo

Gold Sponsors
  • Aisin
  • BASF
  • Bosch
  • Delphi
  • Denso
  • Denso
  • Mahle
  • Roush
  • Schaeffler
  • ZF

Silver Sponsors
  • Honeywell
  • Nemak
Bronze Sponsors
  • Federal Mogul
  • Jatco
  • Means
  • Timken
  • Tremec

Conference Supporters
  • BorgWarner
  • Continental
  • Horiba
  • Navistar
  • Novation
  • KSPG Rheinmetall
  • Toyota
  • Victrex