Senior Executive Engineer
Collaborative Safety Research Center
Toyota Motor North America, Research and Development
Charles (Chuck) Gulash is a senior executive engineer at Toyota Motor North American Research & Development (TMNA R&D) based in York Township, Mich. He is currently director of Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) and is also involved in advanced research as part of the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRI-NA).
Before assuming his current position in 2011, Gulash served as vice president of research and materials engineering in 2006; vice president of vehicle evaluation and engineering in 2002; and vice president of vehicle evaluation in 1999.
Gulash joined Toyota in 1996 as general manager of vehicle evaluation at the Arizona Proving Ground and has held a series of leadership roles in vehicle evaluation, performance development, materials development and advanced research.
Prior to joining TMNA R&D, Chuck held various engineering and management positions at General Motors Corporation, where he was involved with vehicle safety, design engineering and total vehicle development.
Gulash earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and is a recipient of the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award. He serves on the External Advisory Boards of the University of Michigan Mechanical Engineering Department and Transportation Research Institute, as well as the Visiting Committee at the College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan – Dearborn. Gulash also serves as a Board Member of SPARK, a public-private partnership to advance innovation-based economic development in the Ann Arbor region.