Since graduation, I have been working as an interior design engineer for Honda R&D Americas, Inc. When I began as a co-op the summer before my senior year (2013), I was given parts to design for what is now the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan. I saw this project through to completion after joining the company full-time post-graduation. After finishing up with Odyssey, I have spent the last couple years working on exciting, future Acura products. Designing at Honda looks somewhat different than classwork at the ICC. I spend most of my day working in 3D CAD software, but I can proudly say my best ideas always start as pen on paper. I don’t sculpt my ideas in clay, but I work closely with the Stylists who do out in our Los Angeles studio.
Clay aside, there are other ways I prototype parts, including 3D printing and good, old-fashioned cardboard and tape. I left the ICC well-prepared for my career in design, not only with learned skills, but also with a mindset of focused creativity and a spirit that dares to be great – for the glory of a great God. This has driven me to fulfill a life-long dream of being an inventor. Many late nights of “side work” and several patent submissions later, I have finally been granted a US patent for a cup-holder I created. From idea to sketch to CAD model to working prototype, I was able to put an innovative spin on an age-old product. It may never see its way into the market, but the process was exhilarating. It was a bittersweet reminder of my days at the ICC, where every day was a new idea, and your best idea is always what comes next. To view patent click here.