Daniel Kraemer is in the driver’s seat when it comes to his future goal of becoming an automotive designer.
The Eisenhower/Utica Center for Science and Industry junior is among a select number of students taking part in a General Motors program that links professionals to future designers.
“Design is my thing,” Kraemer said about being accepted to the GM You Make a Difference (YMAD) program. “I have enjoyed designing things and sketching. Designing cars and innovating for the future really intrigues me.”
YMAD is a seven-week, virtual program that introduces students to career paths within Automotive Design and Sculpting as well as enhance portfolio pieces for established students. Accepted students work alongside GM Design professionals on their sketching skills, digital tools and the application of color, material, and finish.
Kraemer said he applied for the program based on a recommendation from his Eisenhower Art teacher, Nancy Druia.
"The Eisenhower Art Department is so excited for Daniel to have the ability to work with GM Professionals as a junior in high school,” Druia said. “He is a very coachable, motivated, and eager to learn student. This creative opportunity could open so many doors for his future."
In addition to expanding his design skills, the program will allow Kraemer to grow his ability to communicate and present his work and ideas to GM leadership and receive feedback. Each week, Kraemer will be introduced to different creative disciplines and career paths that are available for creative students.
Kraemer, who said he likes to work in digital art, said he applied for the program by submitting a portfolio of work and a statement of what art means to him. He began the program in December.
“I have heard great things about the program from people who have gone through this and have started to work at GM,” he said. “I know it will lead me into something I am interested in and be a path that I can follow to pursue a career in design.”