Director, Technology Center for Automotive Research
Brett Smith joined CAR in 2000 after 12 years at the University of Michigan’s Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT).
His research has spanned many critical aspects of the automotive industry, including vehicle and component manufacturing; materials forecasting; product development and analysis; supplier–manufacturer relations; technology development; facility location analysis; product launch strategy and human resource and talent issues. His recent focus has been the challenges and opportunities of implementing innovative technologies and services in the automotive industry.
From 2012 through 2018, Brett also served as Co-Director Strategy, CAR Management Briefing Seminars, guiding strategic planning for the CAR Management Briefing Seminars and other CAR conference activities. He chaired the Business of Plugging In, a Plug in Electric Vehicle conference in Detroit, Michigan (2009-2011) and was also an active labor educator for 15 years.
He received a B.S. in Economics and an M.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.