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Director's Welcome

Giorgio RizzoniWelcome,

Where does CAR stand in the face of these rapid changes surrounding mobility? CAR is alive and well because we have been actively engaged in the Smart Columbus program, and we have increasingly engaged with government and industry funded projects related to mobility with a wider variety of partners that include insurance and analytics companies, in addition to the automotive industry.

These research programs are somewhat different than what we traditionally do, but build on a systems engineering foundation in which we are strong, and have given us the opportunity to involve faculty from non-traditional disciplines in creative collaborations.

So yes, CAR is well positioned for the future of mobility and has the benefit of being able to leverage the incredible faculty resources we have here on our campus to become the industry partner of choice to address these rapidly approaching scenarios. At the same time, we have not forgotten our core activities, and our mission continues to be to educate students so that they will succeed in this rapidly changing world, while broadening our presence on campus by engaging the relevant faculty and academic departments.

We are pleased to have you as a partner.


Giorgio Rizzoni

Director, Center for Automotive Research
Ford Motor Chair in Electromechanical Systems
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering