Episode 99 - History's "Goosebump Moments" Inspire Tomorrow's Innovations

The Henry Ford is a lot of things. A museum of American innovation near Detroit. An Emmy-winning TV show seen in 60 countries. An invention competition striving to reach a million students a year. Stories from the past that inspire innovation for the future.

Its transportation-related, hands-on exhibits include iconic symbols of social, cultural, and commercial transformation. The Wright Brothers’ workshop. Model Ts and autonomous vehicles. The bus where Rosa Parks changed the world.

These people, places, and ideas create “goosebump moments” that inspire the next generation to conceive and achieve big dreams, says Patricia Mooradian, President & CEO of The Henry Ford.

On this episode of SAE Tomorrow Today, Mooradian and Matt Anderson, Curator of Transportation for The Henry Ford, tell stories of remarkable innovations from the past that inspire and shape our vision of what’s possible in the future.

Meet Our Guests

President & CEO, The Henry Ford

Patricia Mooradian has been President and CEO of The Henry Ford since 2005 and has 35 years of experience in the real estate, retail, and attraction industries. As the first female CEO in its 90-year history, she has led the transformation of The Henry Ford from a locally known attraction to an acclaimed world class destination attracting 1.8 million visitors annually.

Curator of Transportation, The Henry Ford

Matt Anderson is the John and Horace Dodge Curator of Transportation at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI. In that post, he oversees the development, care, and interpretation of the museum’s collection of more than 250 automobiles. Matt also oversees the museum’s collection of railroad locomotives and rolling stock, as well as aircraft.

Our Host


Innovation Strategist & Co-Founder, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an autonomous mobility advisor and consultant who provides strategic counsel and political insights to help clients navigate what’s next.

As an SAE strategic partner since 2017, Grayson brings his in-depth industry knowledge to host SAE Tomorrow Today. His unique perspective factors in economics, politics and technology into one-of-kind weekly conversations with innovators changing mobility and its impact on society.

Grayson is a thought-leader who regularly provides insights to publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Forbes. His written opinions and insights have been featured by organizations including the Consumer Technology Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

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