The winners of this year's Michelin Challenge Design competition for the College for Creative Studies (CCS) have just been announced at a ceremony at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education in Detroit.
Winning CCS transportation students received scholarships and an invitation to display their designs in the Michelin Challenge Design exhibit at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which runs from 16-24 January 2016.
A total of 25 CCS transportation students entered this year’s challenge, which was based on the global Michelin Challenge Design theme of Mobility for All – Designing for the Next Frontier.
The 14 bachelor’s-level students were challenged to create an inter-modal mobility approach for a local region, such as the Detroit metropolitan area, that would enhance mobility in a clean, safe and efficient manner.
The 11 master’s-level students were challenged to design a mobility solution that would best serve the needs of an underserved region of the world. Three individual winners were chosen from both the master’s and bachelor’s classes, and a winning team was chosen among the master’s students.
The distinguished panel of judges for this year’s event were Darren Luke, advanced design manager, General Motors; Christopher Thomas, founder and partner, Fontinalis; Mark Nickita, president, Archive Design Studio; and Bob Miron, Michelin North America (retired).
Bachelor’s level Individual Winners
1st – Kavish Latif, Agra, India
2nd – Robert Paris, Harrison Township, Michigan (USA)
3rd – Guenter Nyanankpe: Detroit, Michigan (USA)
Master’s level Individual Winners
1st – Eryu Rocki Shi, Shanghai, China
2nd – Zhiyong Yang, Wu Hu, China
3rd – Min Sung Kim, Seoul, Korea
Master’s level Winning Team – Team Cambodia
Jonghoon Kim, Daejeon, South Korea; Min Sung Kim, Seoul, Korea; Eryu Rocki Shi, Shanghai, China
“As we look beyond the next five or 10 years, the future of mobility is extremely important to Michelin, ” said Thom Roach, vice president of original-equipment marketing, Michelin North and South America. “Seeing the ideas and creativity from prospective future designers gives us valuable insight into their vision of meeting future mobility needs, how the structure and platform of a vehicle may evolve, as well as the needs of the tires that move it forward.”