Tucked among the everchanging landscape of University Circle sits a dynamo in the world of transportation design. The
is widely considered one of the nation's top producers of automotive design talent.
Dehner came away impressed.
"The level of professionalism is incredible and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that the culture here at the school makes that come out," he said after a morning of watching student presentations.
Loc Dau is an example of that talent. Born in Los Angeles, Dau was raised in Kent, and has already completed an internship at General Motors. His work drew raves from Dehner and the design team.
"I didn't have any expectations of what I wanted to hear," Dau said. "I just wanted to take what they say and incorporate it into my future work."
Transportation design is a male-dominated industry, but that does not seem to be slowing down senior Jenn Baugher, whose work was beyond eyecatching. Baugher actually sees being a female in a male-dominated field as an advantage.
"I think we may approach problems differently and offer different solutions, just from having a different experience," she said.
Dehner mentioned he believed that every student who presented to the design team has the ability to work in the transportation design field. He admitted he had an ulterior motive for visiting.
"We're here on a mission to scout out new talent," he said.