Burns holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, where he is a member of the Advisory Council for its Institute of Transportation Studies. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and his master’s degree in engineering/public policy from U. M. He serves on the board of U. Mfs Automotive Research Center and the External Advisory Board for its Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Midwest Research Institute and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Dr. Burns was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. He has also been honored with Kettering University’s Engineering Alumni Achievement Award for his contributions to the engineering profession (2000), the National Campaign for Hearing Health Leadership Award from the Deafness Research Foundation (2002), the Alumni Merit Award from the University of Michigan Industrial and Operations Engineering Department (2005), the ASM International Medal for the Advancement of Research (2007), the Society of Plastics Engineers Global Engineering Leadership Award (2007), the Golden Gear Award from the Washington Automotive Press Association (2008), the Industry Pioneer Award from the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (2008), and the Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award for demonstrating significant leadership in promoting the overall advancement of fuel cell technology (2009).
CURTIS R. CARLSON (planning committee member, keynote speaker, and group discussion leader), SRI president and CEO since 1998, is a world authority on creating value for customers through innovation. In 1973, he joined RCA Laboratories, which became part of SRI in 1987 as Sarnoff Corporation. There, Carlson started and helped lead development of HDTV technology that became the US standard.
His book with William Wilmot, Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want, describes how SRI’s unique process for innovation can be applied to all types of government and commercial enterprises. He is a founding member of the Innovation Leadership Council for the World Economic Forum and was selected to serve on President Obama’s task force for research and development.
Carlson received his B.S. in physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric sciences from Rutgers University. His honors include a lifetime achievement award