Michael Smith is a Design Manager for Ford Motor Company. With nearly two decades as a designer in the auto industry, Smith has a keen eye for identifying and nurturing talent. His current responsibilities include managing the Ford Design Internship program, and talent recruitment for the Ford North American Design Studios. He’s held this position since 2016.
Smith has a passion for innovative design technology. He is especially interested in the immersive/VR 3D creation space and has channeled this enthusiasm by helping to introduce new tools and technologies to the Ford design team.
Prior to his current role, Smith served as a studio designer since joining Ford Motor Company in 1999. In this role, Smith worked in various areas including Ford Truck, Advanced Design and Lincoln.
Throughout his career Smith has served as the lead exterior designer on a number vehicles including the 2015 Ford Expedition, the 12th generation Ford F-150, the 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty, and the 2006 Super Chief concept truck.
Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Gannon University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Transportation Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.