FCA “Drive For Design” Student Contest Winners


Drive for Design
Credit: FCA
Talk about a group of young, talented and creative automotive designers! We’re quite impressed with the winning sketches of this year’s annual FCA Drive for Design contest. Even more so because they’re designed by high school students.

Launched in 2013, Drive by Design is designed to inspire the next generation of automotive designers. This year’s 10-week competition asked students to sketch a Ram truck of the future. The contest was open to high school students in grades 10-12 from across the country. Entries were reviewed virtually by FCA’s automotive design team along with special guest judge Josh Welton. A California high school student took first place, while students in Detroit placed second and third.

“All of the entries were impressive, the work was very focused with a notable attention to detail, as well as their thought process – these are characteristics we look for when we go to hire designers to work for FCA,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Exterior Design for FCA – North America. “Automotive design is a growing field and often overlooked by parents and students, our goal is to inspire and change that perspective. There are many career paths available within automotive design where young designers will have the opportunity to create some of the most exciting and technologically advanced products on the road today, as well as create what’s possible for the future.”

First Place
First place winner in the 2020 Drive for Design contest is Job Skandera, 12th grade, Santa Clara, California. Credit: FCA

Trostle knows firsthand what it’s like to be given an opportunity to excel in this field. In fact, Drive for Design is a contest he introduced and it’s based on a contest he himself won as a high school student. He now heads up the design efforts for some of the most desired vehicles on the road.

The three student winners of the 2020 Drive for Design competition are:

  • First place – Job Skandera, 12th grade, Santa Clara, California
  • Second place – Vincent Piaskowski, 11th grade, Birmingham, Michigan
  • Third place – Alex David Kirschmann, 11th grade, Auburn Hills, Michigan

Second-place winner Vincent Piaskowski is no stranger to the competition. He’s a second-time winner, after placing third in last year’s competition.

Second Place
Second place winner in the 2020 Drive for Design contest is Vincent Piaskowski, 11th grade, Birmingham, Michigan. Credit: FCA

"I’m a truck guy, so I was especially stoked to see what this year’s competitors would bring to the table. They did not disappoint! The three winners each showed off sky high potential in technical skill and imagination without sacrificing what makes a Ram a Ram: functionality," said Josh Welton, Guest Judge. "If it’s going to be 'Built to Serve' it needs to first be 'designed to serve,' I’ll be first in line to rock any of their drawings should they come to life!”

Third Place
Third place winner in the 2020 Drive for Design contest is Alex David Kirschmann, 11th grade, Auburn Hills, Michigan. Credit: FCA

Awards are a little different this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. FCA says they include a more hands-on experience that will include virtual networking and design sketching demonstrations with members of the FCA design team along with electronic creative tools of the trade:

  • First place- Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16
  • Second and third places - Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil
  • Virtual networking and design sketching demonstrations with FCA designers will be planned for all winners

“While we were not able to carry out our award ceremonies this year, we do want to give special thanks to our partners EyesOn Design and College for Creative Studies,” said Trostle.

We know we can’t wait to see what students dream up next year.

Click here for more info on FCA’s Drive for Design competition.
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