Most recently, West was the senior design manager for Visteon Corporation, a tier-one design, engineering, and manufacturing company that serves the global automotive industry.
At Visteon, he was responsible for developing and managing the corporation’s design and marketing activities. He also led research and development of interior design concepts for production and concept vehicles for major North American and Asian manufacturers, including Ford, Lincoln, Dodge, Jeep, and GM’s joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation of China. Prior to Visteon, West was a design manager for Ford’s Automotive Components Division with assignments in the United States and Europe. West also spent several years as a lead designer at Powers Design International, a California-based multi-faceted industrial design and consulting firm whose clients included an international roster of companies. At Powers, West completed projects for Ford, Textron Automotive, Reebok, and Sorel. West began his career at Industrial Design Research in California where he developed set designs for Amblin Entertainment’s production of "SeaQuest DSV," a popular science-fiction adventure TV series. Since leaving industry for higher education, he has taught at CCS where he has also served as Assistant Chair and Interim Chair of Transportation Design.