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Carla Bailo

President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

Carla Bailo is president and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). She leads the overall mission, manages day-to-day business, and is the face for the automotive industry in several venues. CAR is an independent, nonprofit research body respected for unbiased reporting on issues related to highly automated vehicles, light weighting and materials research, powertrain and electrification, and business/government economic impact on the automotive industry.

Prior to CAR, she served as Ohio State University’s assistant vice president for mobility research and business development. In this role, she implemented the university sustainable mobility and transportation innovation, while integrating related research and education across Ohio State’s academic units. She also led Ohio State’s involvement as the primary research partner for Smart Columbus, a $140-million program to transform central Ohio into the nation’s premier transportation innovation region.

Bailo is the 2016-2018 vice president of automotive for SAE International, a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.