Morton Departs Energy Institute for Mobility Transformation Center

Monday, February 17, 2014
Amy Mast

Carrie Morton, a member of the Energy Institute team since 2011, is leaving the Institute to join the University’s new Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) as Managing Director. The MTC is a public/private R&D partnership formed to develop the foundations of a commercially viable ecosystem of connected and automated vehicles that will dramatically improve transportation safety, sustainability, and accessibility. The Energy Institute is a partner supporter of the MTC.

At the Energy Institute, Morton was the Manager of Business Development and served as the Operations Manager for the US-China Clean Energy Research Center- Clean Vehicle Consortium, a jointly funded project aimed at sharing key automotive research and resources between the two nations. With over 100 researchers, the CERC-CVC partnership, currently in its fourth year, is an unprecedented model of successful, internationally collaborative research in what is typically a closely guarded discipline. Morton’s CERC-CVC responsibilities will fall to Energy Institute Assistant Director of Operations Bruno Vanzieleghem.

Of Morton’s transition, Energy Institute Director Mark Barteau said, “Carrie’s real passion for industry-university cooperation in research, development and education have advanced the mission and impact of the Energy Institute in multiple dimensions. Her experience in automotive innovation will be a real asset to her new colleagues at the MTC. We wish her the best and look forward to continue to working with her in her new role, especially on energy and emissions aspects of connected and autonomous vehicles.”

CERC-CVC Director Huei Peng has worked with Morton since the CERC-CVC’s inception. “Carrie joined the Energy Institute right before the research projects of CERC-CVC were fully launched at 3 US universities, 2 DOE labs, and 10 Chinese universities. The operation involves academic and industrial researchers in both countries.  The research has been running quite efficiently for two reasons: most researchers are very passionate about clean energy research and the potential impact; and the effective support structure Carrie developed and maintained. I’m looking forward to seeing her build that same efficient structure at MTC.”

Morton holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Automotive Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. She is slated to begin work at the Mobility Transformation Center this week.

Learn more about MTC:

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