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Executive Director, Global Virtual Design, Development and Validation

General Motors

United States

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson is currently executive director of global virtual design, development and validation at General Motors (GM).  In this role, he and his team are responsible for the computer-aided engineering (CAE) of every component, sub-system, and integration area of all current & future GM vehicles.

Anderson has held numerous positions over the past 29 years including executive director of global transmission and electrification hardware and executive director of global engine hardware.  In these roles, he was responsible for design, CAE, advanced engineering, race engines, development & validation, and component release in GM’s Global Propulsion Systems organization.  Prior to these positions, he was global chief engineer and program manager of four-cylinder gas engines and director of engine development & validation.

Anderson earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.  He holds a patent on a methodology for determining the instantaneous optimum valve lift of variable lift valve actuation systems, and has published papers on the Miller Cycle, lean stratified direct injection, and continuously variable transmissions.  He has also been an instructor in the SAE Spark Ignition Engine Technology Engineering Academy, and at the University of Michigan in the Integrated Vehicle System Design class.  Additionally, he is a past recipient of the SAE Max Bentele Award for Engine Technology Innovation, and the William Mirsky Memorial Award for outstanding graduate-level research work at the University of Michigan.

Mike Anderson

Executive Director, Global Virtual Design, Development and Validation

General Motors

United States

Mike Anderson is currently executive director of global virtual design, development and validation at General Motors (GM).  In this role, he and his team are responsible for the computer-aided engineering (CAE) of every component, sub-system, and integration area of all current & future GM vehicles.

Anderson has held numerous positions over the past 29 years including executive director of global transmission and electrification hardware and executive director of global engine hardware.  In these roles, he was responsible for design, CAE, advanced engineering, race engines, development & validation, and component release in GM’s Global Propulsion Systems organization.  Prior to these positions, he was global chief engineer and program manager of four-cylinder gas engines and director of engine development & validation.

Anderson earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.  He holds a patent on a methodology for determining the instantaneous optimum valve lift of variable lift valve actuation systems, and has published papers on the Miller Cycle, lean stratified direct injection, and continuously variable transmissions.  He has also been an instructor in the SAE Spark Ignition Engine Technology Engineering Academy, and at the University of Michigan in the Integrated Vehicle System Design class.  Additionally, he is a past recipient of the SAE Max Bentele Award for Engine Technology Innovation, and the William Mirsky Memorial Award for outstanding graduate-level research work at the University of Michigan.

FISITA Academy of Technical Leadership 2020 Recipient