Ben Ebel | How Do You Want to Drive In Ten Years?

Who doesn’t like a pretty car? According to this engineer, future cars will not only look better they will have chauffeur-like capabilities, but without the chauffeur! Ben Ebel ushers into the future of automation.

About Ben

Ben Ebel is the Design Coordinator for Michelin’s North American Incubator Program Office. He also serves as the Design Liaison for North American OE customers and chairs the Michelin Challenge Design global design competition.

Ben grew up in Aiken, SC, before receiving his degree in product design from Auburn University and a degree in transportation design, with honors, from Art Center College of Design. He started his career as a graphic designer for an advertising firm before transitioning into the automotive retail industry. He rose to management of a Volvo/Audi dealership before moving to California and pursuing his dream of becoming an automotive designer. While attending Art Center, Ben worked at Symbolic Motors of Beverly Hills and interned at the Volvo Advanced Monitoring and Concept Center in Camarillo, CA.

After graduation, Ben joined Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America in Irvine, CA, as an automotive designer and served on the part-time faculty of Art Center College of Design. While at Mercedes, he contributed to the designs of the F800 showcar, as well as the current CLS, ML, and SLS gullwing models.

In 2008, he returned to South Carolina as a senior industrial designer at the Michelin North America Research facility. He was responsible for the design of multiple global tire lines, as well as concept and development work for the TWEEL non-pneumatic product and other advanced mobility solutions. He joined the Incubation Program Office in 2014, which incubates and accelerates non-core businesses in North America, China, and Europe. He has contributed to, Automotive News, and other publications as well as having served as a speaker at events for the BBC, Automotive Press Association, and MotorTrend Online. Ben has lectured on design at Auburn University, College for Creative Studies, ArtCenter College of Design, and Duke University. He currently resides in Greenville, SC, with his wife, Amanda and their daughter, Haven.

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