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Transportation Design Alum Becomes The Global Winner of Magna 2021 Global Bold Perspective Award

November 18, 2021
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A recent graduate of the Transportation Design graduate program entered into an international competition submitting a concept that focused on the future of vehicles amidst the problems caused by climate change and global warming. 

In September, Ali Shoghimojarad (‘21) was originally selected as the North American winner of the international competition, but shortly after, his submission was put into direct competition against regional winners from China and Europe. But out of hundreds of submissions, Shoghimojarad then became the Global Winner of the Magna 2021 Global Bold Perspective Award.

Shoghimojarad entered his 2021 Thesis project from the program, RAM Endurance, which was created after delving into research and learning the effects of climate change and global warming along the west coast.

According to Car Design News, The RAM Endurance concept is a fire-proof truck inspired by NASA’s space shuttle and armoured vehicles to help individuals escape wildfires.

The pick-up truck incorporates designs like an impenetrable skin made from titanium carbide, the in-built conveyor to help aid loading, and the sliding shield to allow for more space during “sleep-over mode.”

“I wanted to find a significant matter to talk about, and possibly solve because I believed that is the purpose of a thesis,” Shoghimojarad said. “But after graduating I didn’t stop developing it, and once I finished [the project], I thought it would be a suitable entry for this competition. After I heard the news about winning the Global, I was surprised and tremendously happy! I felt like I was on the top of the world.”

Judges were impressed by the concept, one stating:

“Given the current situation in the American West this idea resonated with me. The idea of an escape vehicle is great and could be used in a variety of other ways, military for instance. The thought process is also commendable and well-articulated.” – Brad Richards, Vice President of Styling & Design, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Shoghimojarad thanks CCS for the years of experience, great friends, and outstanding instructors with exceptional industry connections and opportunities. He gives special thanks to professor Raphael Zammit for his tirelessness, encouragement and assistance over the years.