Help Still Wanted: Ford Execs on Staffing Up Their Silicon Valley Research Center – IEEE Spectrum

Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, officially launched in January 2015 with just 15 employees, now employs some 100 researchers, and that number will continue to grow, said Ford CEO Mark Shields at an end-of-year briefing for local press this week.


Twenty percent of the researchers, he indicated, were already working for Ford at other locations in the United States, China, Germany, and Australia; the rest have come from universities, startups and other companies—including from the U.S. Secret Service. Some 20 percent have Ph.D. degrees, another 40 percent have masters’ degrees, Shields said, and about 65 percent are millennials.


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