Bailo joins Ohio State to advance mobility, transportation R&D

Posted: March 4, 2015

The Ohio State University Office of Research and College of Engineering have appointed Carla Bailo as assistant vice president for mobility research and business development, effective March 2, 2015.

Carla Bailo
In this role, she will help the university accelerate sustainable mobility and transportation innovation, while integrating related research and education across Ohio State’s academic units. Bailo also is charged with increasing and expanding Ohio State’s corporate, foundation, state and federal partnerships.

Bailo brings to Ohio State considerable experience as a leader in engineering and vehicle program management. She has served as senior vice president of research and development for Nissan North America, Inc., where she was responsible for vehicle engineering and development operations in Michigan, Arizona, Mexico and Brazil, managing a $500 million budget and 2,500 employees. In this role, she improved the efficiency of Nissan’s R&D functions.

“Ohio State is perfectly positioned to help define the future of mobility, of how to intelligently and sustainably move people and things,” said College of Engineering Dean David B. Williams. “Carla helps us package the university’s mobility assets so that our positioning can translate into impact.”

“Carla’s extensive experience in industrial R&D will be invaluable in helping to leverage the broad array of transportation and mobility research at Ohio State into new partnership opportunities,” added Ohio State’s Vice President for Research Carol Whitacre. “Such partnerships will enhance the energy and environment Discovery Theme."

Bailo also served as OEM business unit divisional general manager for Nissan Motor Ltd. In this multi-dimensional role she was responsible for overall operations, revenue and profitability of Nissan’s OEM relationships for vehicle, powertrain, technology and intellectual property business worldwide.

"Ohio State and Columbus incorporate some of the best facilities to propel greater opportunities for research and business development in all areas of mobility,” said Bailo. “I can envision working closely with several colleges within the university, as well as many local businesses and government teams to mutually collaborate and produce mobility breakthroughs."

Bailo holds a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

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