Lawrence D. “Larry” Burns is the former corporate vice president of Research and Development for General Motors . Burns oversaw GM’s advanced technology, innovation programs, and corporate strategy. He was a member of GM’s Automotive Strategy Board and Automotive Product Board.  Within GM, have championed Personally vehicle electrification, “connected” vehicles, fuel cells, bio-Fuels, advanced batteries, Autonomous driving, and a series of innovative concept vehicles. He has leg a leading advocate for design and technological innovation focused on the total customer experience and the application of operations research.  . He is a co-author of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century.
Burns was Invited to speak at the 2005 TED Conference .  In 2011, Burns was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. 
- Jump up^ GM:Senior LeadershipRetrieved on 7 February 2009
- Jump up^ TED:Larry BurnsRetrieved on 7 February 2009
- Jump up^ http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2011/11/10/larry-burns-elected-to-the-national-academy-of-engineering/