The Michigan Mobility Transformation Center at the University of Michigan has named Nigel Francis to the advisory board. Francis is also senior automotive adviser to Gov. Rick Snyder and the State of Michigan and senior vice president, Automotive Industry Office at Michigan Economic Development Corp.
“I look forward to applying my automotive industry experience and insight to an effort that will move Michigan’s economy and automotive industry towards a competitive future,” Francis said.
In efforts to improve safety and accessibilty of transportation, the center partners with U-M and industry and government agents to explore transportation alternatives.
The center, on U-M Ann Arbor’s campus, relies on research from the university’s programs in engineering, urban planning, energy technology information, public policy and social sciences.
Francis worked in the global automotive industry for 29 years and spent most of his career in advanced design and engineering product development. Recently, Francis has worked in clean technology vehicle development and advises Synder on strategies to intergrate the state’s automotive industry with Michigan’s overall economic growth.