Carla Bailo is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. As Ohio State’s assistant vice president for mobility research and business development, she helps the university accelerate sustainable mobility and transportation innovation, while integrating related research and education across Ohio State’s academic units. She also helps coordinate Ohio State’s involvement as the primary research partner for Smart Columbus, a $140 million program to transform central Ohio into the nation’s premier transportation innovation region.
Bailo is the 2016-2018 vice president of automotive for SAE International, a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.
Before joining Ohio State in 2015, she served as senior vice president of research and development for Nissan North America, Inc. Bailo 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.