Cem U. Saraydar
Director, Electrical and Controls Systems Research Lab
GM Global Research and Development, General Motors Company
Dr. Cem Saraydar is director of the Electrical and Controls Systems Research (ECSR) Lab at General Motors Global Research & Development. In this post, he leads GM’s advanced technical work in driving automation, connected vehicles, and related enabling technologies. He joined GM R&D as a researcher in 2005 and was named to his current post in September 2014.
Before joining GM, Saraydar worked at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ and the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Rutgers University. He has authored over 30 papers and holds 20 U.S. patents.
During his tenure at GM, Saraydar has completed several assignments in R&D, Vehicle Engineering, and GM’s OnStar telematics subsidiary. In 2012, he completed the “Emerging Leader” program administered by Harvard Business School and in 2017 he completed the “Leading with Impact” program administered by the University Of Michigan Ross School Of Business. He currently oversees major innovation programs in critical strategic growth areas for the company, including a major initiative on autonomous vehicle development. Saraydar also directs ECSR Lab cooperative activities with a diverse external technology collaboration network that includes HRL Laboratories in Malibu, CA, the CAMP Crash-Avoidance Metrics Partnership, and several universities around the world.
Saraydar serves on the Electrical and Electronics Technical Leadership Council of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) and co-directs the GM-Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Collaborative Research Lab. He is technical director for GM’s research activities at HRL Labs, which GM co-owns with Boeing.
In 2015, Saraydar was selected to receive the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication, along with Narayan Mandayam and David Goodman. He holds a Black Belt in Design for Six Sigma, he has served as President of GM’s Sigma Xi Chapter and he is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has presented numerous keynote and guest lectures, served on dissertation committees, and contributed to National Science Foundation panels.