Bob Culver has become executive director of the United States Council for Automotive Research. The two-year assignment began Jan. 1. Culver was policy and business strategy manager for Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles at Ford Motor Co.
He succeeds Don Walkowicz, who retired from General Motors when his term as executive director ended Dec. 31.
DaimlerChrysler, Ford and GM formed the council in 1992 to leverage the companies' r&d efforts in noncompetitive areas.
In late 1993, the council formed the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles with the federal government to improve national manufacturing ompetitiveness, implement technologies to increase the efficiency of conventional vehicles and develop technologies for a new class of vehicles with up to three times the fuel efficiency of today's vehicles.
Culver joined Ford in 1968 as a quality control engineer in the Climate Control Division. He held several positions there before being named principal engineer in 1977.
He later served as a staff planning associate on the engineering and research staff and led the formation of the company's corporate technical information system. He was appointed project manager in manufacturing strategy and planning in 1989 and became planning manager in the Ford research laboratory in 1992.