The Michigan Mobility Institute accelerates mobility workforce development, upskilling programs, and post-secondary degrees by bringing industry and education partners together. We merge the historic excellence of engineering, design, and supply chain in Michigan with deep insight into the global hiring needs of next-generation mobility disruptors. It is the first initiative of the Detroit Mobility Lab. The Michigan Mobility Institute is an independent 501(c)3 registered nonprofit.
Meet Our Team
Dexter comes from a strong background of entrepreneurship and business professionals and is known to solve problems, using creative research models and tactics with the resources given. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University where he majored in Business Administration. Dexter formerly served as the Director of Admissions for The Kings University in Southlake, Texas. Outside of the office, he is passionate about empowering urban youth. In 2010, he founded The Man to Man Project, Inc., an educational mentoring organization that fosters mentor-peer relationships, empowering at-risk students’ ability to succeed both academically and socially.
Manny played basketball globally for seven years in countries like Taiwan, Kosovo, Italy, Germany and France. During his time abroad, he became keenly aware of the differences in mobility cultures around the world. As a critical team member of the Institute and coordinator for its Mobility On-Ramp Collaborative, Manny adds a great deal of quality to our work administratively, creating and design critical workforce reports, as well as keeping the world informed of what the Institute is doing day to day.
This group plays a central role in enabling the Michigan Mobility Institute to deliver on our vision of designing training for the new jobs that will be created within the mobility industry. These distinguished thought leaders come from a range of disciplines within engineering and business. They are all leading practitioners who are teaching, building, and investing at the cutting edge of mobility technology. Their combined experience represents innovations in autonomous driving, vehicle deployment, aerospace engineering, and urban air travel.
Karl holds MS and PhD degrees from MIT, where he was a National Science Foundation fellow, and a BS from the University of Michigan, where he graduated first in his class. Karl is also an award-winning author of fiction whose novels and short stories have been translated into seven languages.
She was formerly the head of the innovation pipeline at General Motors. Prior to that role, she was an investment manager at GM Ventures. During her tenure there, she led investment in the autonomous space, including the early negotiations with Cruise Automation, helping to cement GM’s autonomous strategy. As an automotive engineer, she led a global team to develop SAE Level 3 charging technology for GM’s Spark and Bolt EV products, as well as supporting release of electrical components for the first generation Chevy Volt.
Ms. Malek holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and master’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan, as well as an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Ms. Malek was recognized as a top ten female innovator to watch by Smithsonian in 2018, named a top automotive professional under 35 to watch by LinkedIn in 2015 for her work in cutting-edge product development and corporate venture, and identified as a Crain’s Detroit 20 in their 20’s awardee for her work in engineering and deployment of advanced charging systems.
In addition to his board roles for RPM, Weiser is Vice-Chair of McKinley, Inc., one of the largest private real estate companies in the US. Marc is also a member the National Advisory Council, Science Committee for NASA, and is on the board of the James Beard Foundation. Previously he was a founding member of the board of the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) and Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan where he was also on the board of the Wolverine Venture Fund. Marc also served on the Board of Trustees of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. He is the recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Distinguished Service Award for his efforts in founding the CFE, the TechArb (student accelerator), and the Masters in Entrepreneurship program.
Marc graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BSE in aerospace engineering and an MBA with highest honors. He lives in San Francisco, California and Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife, daughter, and son.
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