Jim Buczkowski is the Executive Director of Research and Advanced Engineering and ADAS at Ford. He is responsible for the research and design of electrical and electronic systems including in-car information and entertainment, telematics, driver information, and active safety systems for Ford vehicles globally. Jim also leads Fords annual Technology Trends efforts that inform Ford’s corporate technology strategy.
Buczkowski is active in various innovation forums and is eager to network inside and outside the auto industry to stay on top of trends and stay informed of the latest in innovation.
To say Jim Buczkowski is an early adopter is an understatement. He’s always anxious to experience how technology can change our lives and his home is filled with gadgets ranging from Amazon, Apple and Nest products, and has a 4K, Dolby Atmos dedicated home theater he outfitted himself. He is an avid Beta tester and experiments with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and satisfies his thirst for continuous learning through hands on software coding and home automation projects. He says the best way to evaluate technology is hands on. “It’s easy to envision what technology can do, but I’ve learned that you really don’t understand it until it’s in your hands and you are using it.” He believes a quick prototype, even if it’s not elegant, demoing the experience is extremely powerful and necessary before one can really decide whether the technology can deliver a valuable consumer experience.
Buczkowski is active in the Electrical Systems Group within the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) International’s Motor Vehicle Council, helping to develop standards for current and emerging technologies and act as a bridge to the high tech consumer electronics community. Also with SAE he both leads and participates in technical sessions at the Connect2Car event. Jim is also an SAE Fellow.
Jim is also active in the Consumer Technology Association as a member of its Board of Industry Leaders and the Technology Advisory committee which is part of the CTAs standards activities.
Buczkowski has been with Ford for 41 years and has experience in electronics design, electronics manufacturing (including manufacturing assignments in Spain as well as the United States), Product Development quality, and manufacturing and supply chain information technology. He’s been involved or led key projects including Ford SYNC and MyFord Touch connectivity systems, Ford’s Common Global Electrical architecture and early in his career, Ford’s first 16 and 32 bit powertrain controls electronic designs. Jim was also key in establishing Ford’s Palo Alto and Israel Research facilities where he stays closely involved in scouting for new technology and innovation.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering, both from the University of Michigan.
Buczkowski lives in Troy with his wife. He has two daughters. He enjoys playing basketball, bicycling and volleyball with his daughters, home automation, and home video.