Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc.
Gregory D. Bernas is Chief Engineer in the Product Development Office (PDO) Department of Toyota Technical Center (TTC), USA, Inc. In this position, he is responsible for TTC’s overall design and engineering development of the 2008 Toyota Venza, which is the Toyota program solely developed in North America. He also is responsible for the RAV4 electric vehicle with Tesla Motors.
Bernas joined TTC in 1990 as a Senior Engineer in Interior Engineering Design, where he was responsible for liaison activities for the Camry and Corolla projects. He then moved to the Exterior Engineering Design, where his responsibilities included Avalon, as well as the Camry major model change. In 1995, Bernas left TTC for Opel AG in Russelheim, Germany where he served as Technical Advisor for Body.
In 1996, Bernas returned to TTC as Manager in charge of Body Engineering Design, where he was responsible for all sheet metal design for the Avalon major model change (1996-1998) and the Camry major model change (1998-2000). In 2000, he assumed the position of Executive Program Manager in TTC’s PDO department and was responsible for the Development of the 2004 Toyota Solara. Bernas had overall development responsibility for the minor changes for both the Solara convertible and coupe for 2006. He was promoted to Chief Engineer in Toyota in 2009. With this promotion, Bernas became one of the first Americans to earn this distinguished title at the Japanese-based automotive company.
Prior to joining TTC, Bernas worked for Chrysler Corp. from 1985 to 1990, where he first attended the Chrysler Institute for Engineers, then in 1988, served as an Engineer, responsible for seat belts and seat hardware for all Jeep products.
Bernas studied Mechanical Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan.