Steve Polakowski

Vice President of Business Development

Steve Polakowski serves as the Vice President of Business Development at the Center for Automotive Research.

Steve has spent 35 years in the automotive and mobility industry. Most recently he served as president of ESG Automotive Inc. where he was responsible for the North American operations of the global engineering services provider. ESG (now Cognizant Mobility) specializes in embedded electrical/electronics, IT systems and software solutions. Projects included consulting, electronic hardware and software development, integration, testing and training across numerous technical domains including eMobility, Connectivity, ADAS and Automated Driving and full vehicle E/E system development.

Prior to joining ESG, Steve worked in numerous roles at Magna International focused on advanced interiors/exteriors, electrical systems engineering, and embedded product development. He led global teams with responsibility for system optimization and integrated electronics from advanced concept through production.

Steve’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute (Kettering University) and a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. He is a member of SAE and serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the ECE department at Oakland University.