Yazaki executive joins Wayne State's College of Engineering Board of Visitors

Douglas Burcicki, BSEE '93, a Wayne State University alumnus and vice president of Yazaki's General Motors Customer Group, recently joined the Board of Visitors in the university's College of Engineering. As a member of the Board of Visitors, Burcicki will be responsible for advising the dean on strategic planning and external relations for the college.

"I embrace the mission of the college as a vibrant academic community focused on education, research and entrepreneurship to improve quality of life for the citizens of Southeast Michigan and the world," says Burcicki.

Burcicki manages commercial sales for Yazaki's global General Motors business. He ensures the alignment of all Yazaki regions to GM strategies, business results, and long-term business plan development and tracking. He is also responsible for Yazaki's overall customer relationship and global strategy for GM as a worldwide strategy leader.

He joined Yazaki in 1994 as a systems engineer, holding positions as sales and marketing manager and vehicle platform manager. Before his role as vice president, Burcicki served as the GM customer group director, where he led several successful new program awards, forged strong customer relationships and helped drive global growth initiatives.

In partnership with Farshad Fotouhi, dean of the College of Engineering, the Board of Visitors is implementing a five-year strategic plan to increase student recruitment and retention, deepen student learning outcomes and broaden the impact of faculty research. The plan also calls for a more robust connection with the alumni community and the college's network of corporate partners. Strengthening these areas will increase the College of Engineering's ability to provide access to excellence in education to a diverse student population, while elevating the college's profile on a national and international level.

Learn more about the College of Engineering's Board of Visitors

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Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution of higher education offering 380 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students. For more information about engineering at Wayne State University, visit engineering.wayne.edu.

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