Topic: “The Auto Future: Fast and Furious”
Speaker: David Cole
Cole is a member of the Popular Mechanics editorial board, and the Automotive Hall of fame -- is currently the chairman emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, and chairman of Auto Harvest, a new organization being developed to facilitate the flow of intellectual property in and out of the auto industry.
He was formerly director of the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT) at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and an engineering professor at the University of Michigan. He's worked extensively on internal combustion engines, vehicle design, and overall automotive industry trends.
Cole's recent research has focused on strategic issues related to the restructuring of the international auto industry and trends in globalization, technology, market factors, and human resource requirements.