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  • Jonathan Michel

    Industrial Designer at RailPlan International

    Baltimore, MD

Railroad passenger transportation designer currently working in Baltimore at RailPlan International. Performance sporting apparel is another passion, being an avid amateur tri-athlete for the last 10 years. Fluent in French, English, and Italian; other passions world travel and racing, bicycle builds, photography, mead home-brewing. contact: jmichel_vt@yahoo.com

Work Samples

  • Dell Design Studio

  • Senior Design Thesis

  • Nike ACG Cortez 10 Concept

Work History

Industrial Designer RailPlan International 2011 – Present (7 years) |Baltimore, Maryland Area • Conceptual design development for new & remanufactured train cars. • Create 3-D computer models, illustrational walkthroughs, presentation boards, and digital presentations. • Customize designs of new and remanufactured train cars to accommodate ADA requirements. • Design Industry representative to the US Access Board for RVAAC. • Build three-dimensional, functional prototype models. • Program Management and Design of full scale mock-up builds for clients and rail authorities (Nippon Sharyo North American DMU, Amtrak Superliner I, Amtrak CAF Viewliner II, Stadler TEXRAIL, Alstom LRV, MARC Bike Car Programs). • Coordinate with external vendors and shop personnel. • Update/Modernize new interior materials. • Develop, maintain, and update interior and exterior signage, murals, & graphics. • Corporate Website Developer and Manager, Corporate Branding and Marketing. Freelance Graphic Design Consultant Center for Industrial Design in Transportation December 2009 – December 2012|Washington D.C. Metro Area • Designed Corporate Logo. • Layout design for digital and print media. • Organizing commitee member of the 2011 Brunel Awards Industrial Design Intern Alstom Transport June 2009 – August 2009 (3 months) - Worked on a special project related to Very High Speed Train Design. - Conducted trend research, utilized hand sketching, developed floor plans and seating diagrams, presented final interior and exterior concept renderings. - Participated in collaborative design ideation on other train/tram/metro projects with Alstom design team. - Participated in client reviews and in-house design critiques for concept development. - Gained critical exposure to professional detailing of material selection and graphic design. Design Intern Synthesis International Inc May 2007 – August 2007 (4 months) - Worked in interdisciplinary team of architects, engineers , graphic designers and industrial designers. - Participated in design processes for building concept ideation. - Participated in client reviews. - Met client deadlines. Intern Boscobel Marketing Communication Inc June 2004 – June 2004 (1 month) - Introduced to the public relations industry. - Participated in product/logo development and design. - Utilized personal communication and marketing skills during in-house critiques.


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    • Bachelor of Science Industrial Design, Geosciences
    • 2006 - 2010
  • French International School

    • High School Diploma Class of 2005 French Scientific Baccalaureate
    • 2001 - 2005



IDSA, AREMA, US Access Board