Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian

Executive Director @ University of Alabama Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies

Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian retired in 2012 as Vice President of Group Research and Advanced Engineering responsible for Product Innovations and Process Technologies after nearly 40 years as a research and development engineer for the Mercedes-Benz brand in Stuttgart, Germany. He has been at the forefront of most of the major advances that have occurred in automotive technology over the past 20 years. Together with his research team at Daimler, he was the initiator and champion of self-driving cars, connected vehicle V2X technologies, battery electric vehicles and CFRP light weighting. After his retirement Dr. B joined the University of Alabama, College of Engineering as a professor in mechanical engineering and electrical & computer engineering as also executive director of the cross-discipline Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies (CAVT).  Dr. B’s mission is to prepare UA students for their careers in the automotive industry in Alabama and the Southeast, and the University of Alabama and industry for future automotive challenges.