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Austin Dewees

MA work


A vehicle that is more mindful of its role within a city and how the sound it creates adversely affects the urban populace. This vehicle considers how transportation noises are detrimental to the mental health of city residents and focuses on ways of diminishing these noises. Taking inspiration from sound and material research, the surface forms of this vehicle are designed to absorb and attenuate any noise around the vehicle. Urban noise pollution will become a predominant issue of future cities and the design of this vehicle presents ideas that will lead to quieter spaces and healthier residents.


  • Austin Dewees
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Vehicle Design, 2018

  • Purposeful design through experimental engineering:

    My work at the RCA focuses on the influences that experimental science and new technologies can have over design. I am interested in how engineering and design in the automotive field can become more collaborative and how the two can benefit from each other. The experience I have gained here from working with other designers is meshed with my technical background to create my design approach of purposeful design. My design process focuses on providing a human element to engineering, using physics and technologies as a tool to help aid in a design process. I am generally interested in how engineering can improve automotive design and how design can influence innovative engineering.

  • Degrees

  • BS Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • London Transport Museum GATEway Exhibition, 2016; Kia Hyundai Design Lab Future Luxury Exhibition, 2017
  • Awards

  • CNH Industrial New Frontiers Project Winner, 2017