Entering his tenth year as Vice President, Micheal Austin has played an integral role in bringing BYD to the Americas. Originally from Colorado, Micheal attended Brigham Young University (BYU) earning a Bachelor’s degree in Design Engineering as well as a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining BYD, Micheal was with Motorola for 15 years serving as a Senior Director in Engineering, honored with Motorola’s Distinguished Innovator award for receiving twenty four patents. Though he spends much of his time serving as BYD’s spokesman leading the Overseas PR & Marketing departments, he remains actively involved in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a founding board member of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative (TEI). Together, Micheal and his wife Shelley of 29 years have five children, and live near Chicago.