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Annual ‘Drive for Design’ Contest

FCA US Product Design Office Kicks Off Fifth Annual 2017 ‘Drive for Design’ Contest

Drive for Design contest invites all U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to design a Dodge vehicle 30 years in the future
$50,000 scholarship to Lawrence Technological University awarded to first-place winner
Additional prizes include a two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University, all-expense-paid trip to the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition and more
Student entries must be submitted by April 28, 2017, via FCA Drive For Design - Design Competition


February 7, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -



On your mark. Get set. Go! The FCA US Product Design Office is looking for aspiring young artists with a passion for automotive design to gear up and participate in the 2017 “Drive for Design” contest.

Returning for the fifth consecutive year, the 2017 Drive for Design contest challenges all U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to design a Dodge vehicle 30 years in the future. The FCA design team is proud to partner with EyesOn Design and Lawrence Technological University for this year’s contest.


“Five years ago, we created Drive for Design to connect with young art students and make them aware of careers in automotive design,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design, FCA – North America. “This year, we are joined by Lawrence Technological University and EyesOn Design, both locally based organizations that share our passion to excite, educate and inspire students.”

EyesOn Design focuses on the automotive community and students coming together to commemorate, reflect and appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of vehicle design. Winners will receive their awards on Friday, June 16 at the organization’s “Vision Honored” Black Tie and Silent Auction, an annual event that kicks off the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition that takes place each Father’s Day weekend at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. This year’s event goes hand-in-hand with the Drive for Design contest as each focuses on “30 years in the future.”

In addition, the FCA US Product Design Office is partnering with Lawrence Technological University (LTU), a private university that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. LTU is offering a $50,000 scholarship award and a two-week summer automotive design course to contest winners.

Just like the real world of automotive design, Drive for Design entrants face a challenging deadline. Entries must be submitted by April. 28, 2017, via FCA Drive For Design - Design Competition.

Three winners will receive the following prizes.

First place:

$50,000 *scholarship to Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan (must meet college entry requirements)
Two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University (includes housing, meals and field trips)
Three passes to the EyesOn Design Vision Honored Black Tie and Silent Auction, along with FCA design team members
Three passes to the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
Three-day/two-night stay in Michigan (includes flight, hotel and rental car)
An Apple MacBook Pro


*Scholarship awarded by Lawrence Technological University available only to student who is currently a junior and must be admitted to LTU for Fall 2018.

Second and third places:

Two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University (includes housing, meals and field trips)
Three passes to the EyesOn Design Vision Honored Black Tie and Silent Auction, along with FCA design team members
Three passes to the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition in Grosse Pointe Shores
Three-day/two-night stay in Michigan (includes flight, hotel and rental car)
An Apple iPad and Apple Pencil


Contest rules and information can be found at FCA Drive For Design - Design Competition. Updates will be posted on the FCA US Facebook page at facebook.com/FiatChrysler.NorthAmerica, Twitter @FiatChrysler_NA and Instagram @FiatChrysler_NA, using the hashtag #DriveForDesign.

About EyesOn Design
A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO), a not-for-profit corporation, EyesOn Design is a major source of revenue for the DIO’s research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired. The DIO is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Henry Ford Health System.

About Lawrence Technological University

Lawrence Technological University was born 80 years ago in the middle of an innovation explosion that would change the world. None other than Henry and Edsel Ford helped launch the revolutionary experiment that would become LTU, providing guidance and space in their sprawling former Model T assembly plant for the fledgling school.

Today, the school is still changing the world. Since those early beginnings students and alumni have gone on to design and engineer the tools, buildings and products that helped define their generations. And tomorrow’s LTU students will do the same.

Lawrence Tech is about “Theory and Practice” – taking abstract ideas into the real world to solve tomorrow’s problems. Its reputation comes as much from what we’re doing now as it does from our storied past.

If you’re a thinker, a visionary, a builder ... if you’re curious ... then you’re Lawrence Tech. Come roll up your sleeves and dive in at one of the nation’s best schools for engineering, architecture, science and applied technology.

About Drive for Design
Launched in 2013, the FCA US Product Design Office created its Drive for Design contest as an innovative way to educate young artists about careers in automotive design. Starting locally in Detroit, Drive for Design has grown to become a national contest that has awarded talented students with prizes and unique opportunities to help further develop their design skills.
 

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Submissions Due for FCA US 2017

Under Pressure: Submissions Due for FCA US 2017 ‘Drive for Design’ Contest

Student entries must be submitted by Friday, April 28, 2017, via FCA Drive For Design - Design Competition
Drive for Design contest invites all U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to design a Dodge vehicle 30 years in the future
$50,000 scholarship to Lawrence Technological University awarded to first-place winner
Additional prizes include a two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University, all-expense-paid trip to the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition and more

April 21, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - High school students face plenty of deadlines – term papers, school applications, prom tickets are just a few of them. Here is one for young aspiring automotive designers: Just one week remains to submit your sketch for the FCA US 2017 ‘’Drive for Design’’ contest.

The FCA US Product Design Office is encouraging all U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to design a Dodge vehicle 30 years in the future and submit their entry by Friday, April 28, 2017, via FCA Drive For Design - Design Competition.

“The deadline for this contest is approaching quickly and we are extremely excited to see what the students will sketch and submit this year,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design, FCA – North America. “Our partnerships with both Lawrence Technological University and EyesOn Design have elevated our anticipation even more as this is a wonderful opportunity to open doors, educate, inform and inspire young students with natural artistic talent.”

Returning for the fifth consecutive year, the FCA design team is proud to partner with EyesOn Design and Lawrence Technological University for this year’s contest.

Lawrence Technological University (LTU) is a private university that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. LTU is offering a $50,000 scholarship award and a two-week summer automotive design course to contest winners.

In addition, the FCA US Product Design Office is partnering with EyesOn Design, an organization that focuses on the automotive community and students coming together to commemorate, reflect and appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of vehicle design. Winners will receive their awards on Friday, June 16 at the organization’s “Vision Honored” Black Tie and Silent Auction, an annual event that kicks off the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition that takes place each Father’s Day weekend at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. This year’s event goes hand-in-hand with the Drive for Design contest as each focuses on “30 years in the future.”

Three winners will receive the following prizes:

First place:

$50,000 scholarship to Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich. (must meet college entry requirements)
Two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University (includes housing, meals and field trips)
Three passes to the EyesOn Design Vision Honored Black Tie and Silent Auction, along with FCA design team members
Three passes to the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition in Grosse Pointe Shores
Three-day/two-night stay in Michigan (includes flight, hotel and rental car)
An Apple MacBook Pro


*Scholarship awarded by Lawrence Technological University available only to student who is currently a junior and must be admitted to LTU for Fall 2018

Second and third places:

Two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University (includes housing, meals and field trips)
Three passes to the EyesOn Design Vision Honored Black Tie and Silent Auction, along with FCA design team members
Three passes to the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition in Grosse Pointe Shores
Three-day/two-night stay in Michigan (includes flight, hotel and rental car)
An Apple iPad and Apple Pencil


Contest rules and information can be found at FCA Drive For Design - Design Competition. Updates will be posted on the FCA US Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FiatChrysler.NorthAmerica) Twitter (@FiatChrysler_NA) and Instagram (@FiatChrysler_NA) using the hashtag #DriveForDesign.

About EyesOn Design
A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, a not-for-profit corporation, EyesOn Design is a major source of revenue for the DIO’s research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired. The DIO is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Henry Ford Health System.

About Lawrence Technological University
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. 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.

About Drive for Design
Launched in 2013, the FCA US Product Design Office created its Drive for Design contest as an innovative way to educate young artists about careers in automotive design. Starting locally in Detroit, Drive for Design has grown to become a national contest that has awarded talented students with prizes and unique opportunities to help further develop their design skills.
 

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Winners of the 2017 Drive for Design Contest

FCA US Product Design Office Announces Winners of the 2017 Drive for Design Contest

Three U.S. high school winners selected from across the nation
Prizes include a two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University, all-expense-paid trip to the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition and more


June 16, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Long, flowing shapes accented with razor-sharp edges, inlets and exits that tap into cooling airflow with minimal drag, and wheels sized to leave little room for anything else – these are the design keys for Dodge three decades from now.

Three talented high school students from Georgia, Delaware and Michigan have earned top honors in the 2017 Drive for Design contest, sponsored by the FCA US Product Design Office. The contest, in its fifth year, challenged U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to design a Dodge vehicle 30 years in the future. The FCA design team partnered with EyesOn Design and Lawrence Technological University for this year's contest.

“The Drive for Design contest helps connect our design team to the extraordinary artistic talent of students across the country and allows us to help guide them for a potential career in automotive design,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design, FCA – North America. “All of the submissions were creative and visionary as they truly thought about what vehicles could look like in the next 30 years.”

The three student winners include:



First place – Davis Kunselman, Mount de Sales Academy (Macon, Georgia)


Second place – Richard Chen, Delmar High School (Delmar, Delaware)


Third place – Paige Webb, Stoney Creek High School (Rochester, Michigan)


Prizes included:


Two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University (includes housing, meals and field trips)
Passes to the EyesOn Design Vision Honored Black Tie and Silent Auction and Automotive Design Exhibition in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
Three-day/two-night stay in Michigan (includes flight, hotel and rental car)
An Apple MacBook Pro


About EyesOn Design
A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO), a not-for-profit corporation, EyesOn Design is a major source of revenue for the DIO's research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired. The DIO is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Henry Ford Health System.

About Lawrence Technological University
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. 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.

About Drive for Design
Launched in 2013, the FCA US Product Design Office created its Drive for Design contest as an innovative way to educate young artists about careers in automotive design. Starting locally in Detroit, Drive for Design has grown to become a national contest that has awarded talented students with prizes and unique opportunities to help further develop their design skills.
 

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2018 Drive for Design Contest

FCA US Product Design Office Announces Winners of the 2018 Drive for Design Contest


Three U.S. high school students selected from across the nation win contest
Winning students receive exclusive look inside a day-in-the-life of FCA’s Product Design Office
Prizes also include a two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University, all-expense-paid trip to the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition and more


May 18, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Pencils down! Votes have been made and the results are in for the FCA 2018 Drive for Design contest.

Three talented high school students from Miami, Florida, and Buffalo, New York, have earned top honors in the 2018 Drive for Design contest, sponsored by the FCA US Product Design Office. The contest, in its sixth year, challenged U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to design a Jeep® Wrangler for the year 2030. The FCA design team partnered with EyesOn Design and Lawrence Technological University for this year's contest.


“Six years ago, we created the Drive for Design contest to create awareness about the various career paths available in automotive design. We wanted to connect with young artists early in their curriculum and help guide them in the right direction to begin a career in automotive design,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design, FCA – North America. “The creative perspective on all this year’s submissions were inventive and exceptional as you could truly see the inspiration, objective and emotion behind each concept.”

The three student winners are:



First place – Eduard Cret, Design and Architecture Senior High (Miami, Florida)


Second place – Emily Bryson, Design and Architecture Senior High (Miami, Florida)


Third place – Jinho So, Canisius High School (Buffalo, New York)


Prizes include:


Day of Design with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the FCA US Product Design studios and the opportunity to work one-one-one with professional automotive designers
Two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University
Passes to the “EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition” in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 – a full-featured, Intel®-powered computer that offers a larger space for drawing, detailed concept art, 3D sculpting and painting, motion graphics and advanced image editing for retouching
An Apple iPad and Apple Pencil


About EyesOn Design

A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, a not-for-profit corporation, EyesOn Design is a major source of revenue for the DIO’s research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired. The DIO is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Henry Ford Health System.

About Lawrence Technological University

Lawrence Technological University was born 80 years ago in the middle of an innovation explosion that would change the world. None other than Henry and Edsel Ford helped launch the revolutionary experiment that would become LTU, providing guidance and space in their sprawling former Model T assembly plant for the fledgling school. Today, the school is still changing the world. Since those early beginnings students and alumni have gone on to design and engineer the tools, buildings and products that helped define their generations. And tomorrow’s LTU students will do the same. Lawrence Tech is about “Theory and Practice,” taking abstract ideas into the real world to solve tomorrow’s problems. Its reputation comes as much from what we’re doing now as it does from our storied past. If you’re a thinker, a visionary, a builder … if you’re curious … then you’re Lawrence Tech. Come roll up your sleeves and dive in at one of the nation’s best schools for engineering, architecture, science and applied technology.

About Drive for Design

Launched in 2013, the FCA US Product Design Office created its Drive for Design contest as an innovative way to educate young artists about careers in automotive design. Starting locally in Detroit, Drive for Design has grown to become a national contest that has awarded talented students with prizes and unique opportunities to help further develop their design skills.
 

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Searches for Next Automotive Design Star

FCA US Product Design Office Searches for Next Automotive Design Star
Seventh Annual Drive for Design Contest Challenges High School Students to Draw the Ultimate Status Vehicle


Drive for Design contest is open to U.S. high school students in grades 10-12
Three winners selected from the entries
Prizes include an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour and mentoring time with leading designers at the FCA US Product Design studios, a scholarship to attend College for Creative Studies’ Summer Experience Transportation Design program and serving as Junior Judge at the prestigious EyesOn Design Car Show
Entries due by April 27, 2019, via www.FCAdrivefordesign.com
Writer and Artist Josh Welton joins this year’s judging panel as special guest
FCA Design Heads Mark Trostle (Dodge/Performance) and Mark Allen (Jeep®) take your questions in an “Ask Me Anything” Facebook Live event on February 20 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Follow Drive for Design via social media: Drive for Design Facebook page, the FCA US Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram using #DriveForDesign

February 19, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Without a nudge from an art teacher, a visit to an art school or just plain luck, some of the world’s top automotive designers may never have made their mark on history.

Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design for FCA – North America, wants to change that. Seven years ago, he revived a contest he won as a high school student that helped drive him to where he is today, leading the design efforts for some of the most desired vehicles on the road.

The 2019 Drive for Design contest challenges U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to design the ultimate status vehicle using any FCA brand. Just like in the professional world, there is a level of urgency – entries are due by April 27, 2019. Three students will be named winners from all valid entries received.


“Today’s automotive designers not only sketch cars, they create some of the most advanced user experience systems available, work with 3D technology, research color trends and create interior spaces that are multifunctional and beautiful,” said Trostle. “As the field of automotive design grows, it’s vital that we increase awareness and educate students and parents about the good-paying opportunities available. Many of today’s designers had no idea that automotive design could be a career option and we want to change that.”

Artist Josh Welton Joins Judging Panel

This year, the FCA US design team adds guest judge Josh Welton, writer, artist and owner of Brown Dog Welding LLC fabrication and art studio in Detroit. Welton is an accomplished welder, fabricator, teacher, artist, writer, social media influencer, podcast host, entrepreneur and automotive enthusiast. He writes for a variety of outlets, including DodgeGarage.com, and shares his artistic creations on social media. Welton will help review submitted sketches and select this year’s winners.

Facebook LIVE “Ask Me Anything” on Wednesday, February 20
To kick off this year’s competition, Trostle and Head of Jeep® Exterior Design Mark Allen will participate in an “Ask Me Anything” Facebook LIVE broadcast on Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. Eastern, hosted by Josh Welton. Viewers can submit questions now through the live event via the Drive for Design Facebook page (Facebook.com/DriveForDesign), the FCA US Facebook page, the FCA US Twitter (@FiatChrysler_NA) and FCA US Instagram (@FiatChrysler_NA) handles using #DriveForDesign.

Drive for Design Contest Details
Three winners receive an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the FCA US Product Design studios in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with leading automotive designers.

The winners also receive a scholarship to attend the Precollege Summer Experience Transportation Design program at College for Creative Studies, a leading art and design college in Detroit. The summer program curriculum includes the fundamentals of gestural sketching, perspective for both interior and exterior automotive concepts and how to translate designs into 3D models.

The FCA US Product Design Office is again partnering with EyesOn Design, which focuses on the automotive community and students coming together to commemorate, reflect and appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of classic and modern vehicle design. Drive for Design winners receive their awards on Friday, June 14 at EyesOn Design’s “Vision Honored” Black Tie and Silent Auction and will serve as junior judges at the prestigious EyesOn Design Car Show, held every Father’s Day weekend at the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

For detailed contest rules and information on how to submit sketches, visit www.FCAdrivefordesign.com. Students and parents can also follow the FCA North America social channels for regular posts to educate and inform followers about careers in automotive design. Weekly updates will be posted on the Drive for Design Facebook page (Facebook.com/DriveForDesign), the FCA US Facebook page, the FCA US Twitter (@FiatChrysler_NA) and FCA US Instagram (@FiatChrysler_NA) handles using the hashtag #DriveForDesign.

About Drive for Design
Launched in 2013, the FCA US Product Design Office created its Drive for Design contest as an innovative way to educate young artists about careers in automotive design. Starting locally in Detroit, Drive for Design has grown to become a national contest that awards talented students with prizes and unique opportunities to further develop their design skills.

About CCS

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries.

Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, CCS plays a key role in Detroit’s cultural and educational communities. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design.

About EyesOn Design
A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO), a not-for-profit corporation, EyesOn Design is a major source of revenue for the DIO’s research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired. The DIO is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Henry Ford Health System.
 

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Drive for Design - 2019


Mar 6, 2019
The Drive for Design contest takes a look at life as an exterior designer. Taylor Langhals, lead exterior designer for the all-new Jeep Gladiator talks about how working in the Jeep® design studio is a lifelong dream come true.
 

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Drive for Design - Advanced Color and Materials with La Shirl Turner


Mar 27, 2019
From forecasting color trends to identifying the best materials to use in a truck versus a car, designers on the advanced color and materials team touch everything you see and feel on the exterior and interior of every FCA vehicle. This week, the FCA Drive for Design contest talks to La Shirl Turner, head of advanced color and materials and a graduate of the College for Creative Studies.
 

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Drive for Design - Lighting Design with Jenn Baugher


Apr 3, 2019
Vehicle lighting is not only functional, but it also serves as the vehicle’s identity. Iconic round headlamps and square taillamps are a design hallmark on the Jeep® Wrangler. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye uses a functional Air Catcher headlamp to supply cool air to the supercharged HEMI engine, while maintaining its sinister look. The lighting designer is responsible for working with the exterior design team, engineers and suppliers to ensure style and function.
 

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FCA Drive for Design contest talks with Emilio Feliciano


Apr 10, 2019
This week, the FCA Drive for Design contest talks to Emilio Feliciano, a user experience designer and a graduate of Lawrence Technological University. Emilio is a self-proclaimed gamer who draws inspiration from movies, as well as car and product design.
 

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FCA US Drive for Design High School Contest Winners


Apr 17, 2019
The FCA Drive for Design contest was first launched in 2013. At that time, only Detroit-area students were able to enter. The contest is now open on a national level. The contest is aimed at increasing awareness and educating students and parents about the good-paying opportunities available in this field should they choose to make it their career. This week we check in on two former Drive for Design winners and how the contest helped them achieve their goals.
 

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Drive for Design - What Makes Great Design with Mark Trostle


Apr 24, 2019
The FCA Drive for Design contest talks to Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Exterior Design Mark Trostle to get his perspective on what makes great design
 

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Three High School Students as Winners of the Seventh Annual Drive for Design Contest

FCA Product Design Office Names Three High School Students as Winners of the Seventh Annual Drive for Design Contest

Competition Educates and Encourages Students to Pursue Careers in Automotive Design

Three students from Florida, Washington and Michigan win an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and mentoring time with leading designers at the FCA US Product Design studios
Additional awards include scholarships to attend College for Creative Studies’ Precollege Summer Experience Transportation Design program and serving as junior judges at the prestigious EyesOn Design Car Show
Started locally in Detroit, Drive for Design has grown to become a national contest that provides students with opportunities to cultivate design skills


May 7, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Some of the country’s top automotive designers and special guest judge Josh Welton gathered this week to determine the results of the FCA US 2019 Drive for Design contest. They reviewed each and every entry received from U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 who were challenged to design the ultimate status vehicle using any FCA brand. Three students from Florida, Washington and Michigan rose above the competition and have been named winners based on their innovative, forward-thinking sketches.

“We are always impressed by the next generation of talent that competes in the annual Drive for Design contest, but this year our expectations were vastly surpassed based on the level of comprehensive art work submitted. And, similar to a real-world sketch review, after much debate, the winning designs came down to the aesthetic details,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design for FCA – North America. “Even though it’s a growing field, automotive design can often be overlooked by students entering the workforce, so our goal with this competition is to change that perspective and encourage promising talent to pursue opportunities where they could design the vehicles of the future.”

Trostle knows firsthand what it’s like to be given an opportunity to excel in this field. In 2013, he introduced Drive for Design, which is based on a contest he won as a high school student. He credits that experience as something that led him to his current professional role, heading the design efforts for some of the most desired vehicles on the road. Today, he’s passing the torch to three promising automotive designers.

The three student winners of the 2019 Drive for Design competition are:

First place – Maximillian Cooper, Design and Architecture Senior High, Miami, Florida
Second place – Mason Ross, Kennedy Catholic High School, Burien, Washington
Third place – Vincent Piaskowski, Ernest W. Seaholm High School, Birmingham, Michigan


All three students will receive an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the FCA US Product Design studios in Auburn Hills, Michigan, plus one-on-one time with leading automotive designers. Each will also receive a scholarship to attend the Precollege Summer Experience Transportation Design program at College for Creative Studies, a leading art and design college in Detroit. The summer program curriculum includes the fundamentals of gestural sketching, perspective for both interior and exterior automotive concepts and how to translate designs into 3D models.

Additionally, the FCA US Product Design Office partnered with EyesOn Design, which focuses on the automotive community and students coming together to commemorate, reflect and appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of classic and modern vehicle design. Drive for Design winners receive their awards on Friday, June 14 at EyesOn Design’s “Vision Honored” Black Tie Gala and Silent Auction and will serve as junior judges at the prestigious EyesOn Design Car Show, held every Father’s Day weekend at the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

For detailed contest rules and information, visit www.FCAdrivefordesign.com.

About Drive for Design
Launched in 2013, the FCA US Product Design Office created its Drive for Design contest as an innovative way to educate young artists about careers in automotive design. Starting locally in Detroit, Drive for Design has grown to become a national contest that awards talented students with prizes and unique opportunities to further develop their design skills.

About CCS
The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries.

Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, CCS plays a key role in Detroit’s cultural and educational communities. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design.

About EyesOn Design
A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO), a not-for-profit corporation, EyesOn Design is a major source of revenue for the DIO’s research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired. The DIO is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Henry Ford Health System.
 
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