Champaign – The University of Illinois
welcomed a top automotive designer on campus Wednesday.
Ralph Gilles is
a Senior VP for Chrysler. He spoke to a crowd at the Beckman Institute, about
his career path, and how he became a unique car designer. Gilles said popular
culture has influenced his work.
Dr. William Patterson, from the Office of
Inclusion and Intercultural Relations wanted students to learn to use their
knowledge for innovative solutions. "What we wanted to do with this event
was kind of for students to see themselves in Mr. Gille's experience, to really
think about experiential learning in the context of, 'how do we take the knowledge
we get here at the Orange and Blue and apply that in real world
The lecture is part of the I-Powered Hip
Hop Leadership Lecture Series. The annual event will focus on community
business and technology.
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