Chairman of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor. Cole has worked extensively on internal combustion engines, vehicle design, and overall automotive industry trends. His recent research focuses on strategic issues related to restructuring the North American industry and trends in globalization, technology, market factors, and human resource requirements. He was formerly director of the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. He is also a director of six automotive suppliers and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association. Cole serves on the executive committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and was recently appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Strategic Economic Investment and Commercialization Board and the Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission. He was co-chair of Detroit Renaissanceís ďRoad to RenaissanceĒ Project in 2006. He is also a member of the Denso Foundation board. A former director of the Automotive Hall of Fame and a former trustee of Hope College, Cole is a fellow of the SAE, the Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Other honors include awards from the National Automobile Dealers Association Foundation and Design News
and being named to Swedenís Order of the Polar Star and Chevalier of the National Order of Merit from France. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Popular Mechanics
. In addition, Cole has been actively involved in the start-up of five different Ann Arbor-based companies. His technical and policy consulting experience includes assignments for industry, labor, and government, and he has spoken to more than 1,000 groups on automotive issues. Cole received the 2008 Distinguished Mechanical Engineering Alumni Award from the University of Michigan, where he earned his bachelorís, masterís, and PhD, and where he serves on the Energy Research Council, mechanical engineering external advisory board, and the biological station advisory committee.