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IT, automotive exec joins LTU Board of Trustees

Release Date: March 31, 2022
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Christine Barman

SOUTHFIELD—Christine Barman, vice president of global strategic initiatives in transportation for HCL Technologies, has been named to the Board of Trustees of Lawrence Technological University.

At HCL Technologies, Barman identifies and develops partnerships and solutions in the driver assistance, autonomy, connected vehicle, electric vehicle, and smart city technology areas, as the transportation industry evolves from vehicles to mobility devices. HCL Technologies is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age. Their technology products and services are built on four decades of innovation, with a world-renowned management philosophy, a strong culture of invention and risk-taking, and a relentless focus on customer relationships.

Before joining HCL Technologies, Barman was principal of New Shore LLC, an advanced technology consulting provided services to technology companies and financial institutions.

Earlier, Barman was chief technology officer of the industrial sector at Eaton Corp., a power management technology company. She started her career at Chrysler Corp. and its successors, where she held roles such as Vehicle Line Executive of the Jeep Cherokee, Chrysler 300, and Dodge Charger and Challenger programs as well as vice president of electrical and electronics engineering for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles North America.

Barman earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Oakland University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

“The American automotive industry is changing, and today is an interdisciplinary enterprise requiring expertise in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, artificial intelligence, data analysis, high-tech design, and much more,” said Tarek Sobh, LTU president. “Chris Barman will provide a wonderful perspective to LTU leadership in all these fields, which are so crucial to LTU’s ever-evolving curriculum as we become the nimble, innovative educational institution that will succeed through the 21st Century.”

Added Douglas Ebert, chair of the LTU Board of Trustees: “We’re happy to welcome Chris Barman to the LTU board, where her expertise and experience in engineering, consulting, and corporate management will prove invaluable.”

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.


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