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Program | The University of Michigan and Japan's Auto Industry - An Enduring Partnership

Welcome Remarks | 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

PANEL 1 | Reflecting on the 1980s: The U.S.-Japan Auto Conferences | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Robert Cole
Professor Emeritus, University of California Berkeley  

Michael Flynn
Research Scientist Emeritus, University of Michigan

John Campbell
Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

KEYNOTE + LUNCH (Registration Required) | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Shinichi Yasui
President, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing

PANEL 2 | Michigan Alumni at Toyota | 1:10 PM – 2:30 PM

Kristen Tabar
Vice President of Technical Strategy Planning Office, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing

Yasuyuki Kohaya
Chief Liaison Officer, Toyota Research Institute

Greg Laurence
Associate Professor of Management, University of Michigan Flint


Allison Alexy
Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese Culture, University of Michigan

PANEL 3 | Engaged Learning | 2:40 PM – 4:00 PM

Keishiro Iwasaki
Michigan Ross School of Business Class of 2018
Project Management Intern at Continental Automotive

Kunizo Oka
Head of Business Center, Continental Automotive Corporation Japan

Erin Riden
Human Resources Manager, N.S. International

Shea Krajewski
Compensation and Benefits Manager, N.S. International

Bingqing Zu
Michigan Engineering M.S.E. Class of 2018
Mechnical Engineering Intern at N.S. International

PANEL 4 | Autonomous Vehicles | 4:10 PM – 5:30 PM

Ryan Eustice
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Vice President of Autonomous Driving, Toyota Research Institute

Yasuyuki Kohaya
Chief Liaison Officer, Toyota Research Institute

Jennifer Robertson
Professor of Anthropology and the History of Art, University of Michigan