Lawrence Burns: Transforming Mobility and Logistics
New technology and business models are converging that promise to transform the way people and goods move around and interact economically and socially. It is now possible to supply better mobility and logistics services at significantly lower cost to consumers and society by innovatively combining connected, coordinated, driverless, shared, and tailored vehicles. Individually, each of these building blocks promises incremental improvements over today’s road transportation system. When combined to enhance the mobility and logistics experiences of consumers, the improvements are radical, the changes are transformational and the business growth opportunities are significant for the companies that get it right. Road transportation is now as ripe for transformation as the telecommunications, photography, computer, media, television and pharmaceutical industries were over the past two decades.
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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 Greentech Capital Advisors.
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 and Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Hess Corporation.
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).