Professor of Engineering Practice, University of Michigan; Director, Program on Sustainable Mobility, Columbia University
Lawrence Burns is a professor of engineering practice at the University of Michigan and director of the Program on Sustainable Mobility at Columbia University. He is also a senior advisor to the chairman of Hess Corporation, a consultant to Google Inc., and an advisor to several investment firms. From 1998 to 2009, he served as General Motors corporate vice president of research and development and planning/strategic planning. Burns has long served as a major voice for the “reinvention of the automobile” and the diversification of transportation energy.