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March 07, 2003 - Image 70

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-03-07

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ry thinking of
every city
street as a
blank canvas
awaiting mobile art. This
would be like looking
through the eyes of Mollie
Rattner Engel, a 33-year-
old automotive designer
specializing in color and
materials at the Ford
Design Studio in the
Product Development
Center of Dearborn.
Mollie focuses on the
overall theme, style and
look of a vehicle. This
includes making decisions
on color development,
color marketing and mate-
rial. She is also challenged
with making sure Ford
cars are durable and
affordable for consumers.
"I like daydreaming about
the future, and love doing
conceptual work on show
cars. I feel that every
automobile has the poten-
tial to be an art form in
motion, and when that
happens, it is a very excit-
ing enterprise to be a part
of," she says.
Her mother, a produced
playwright and teacher,
set this creative mind on
its artistic path early. "She
does not know it, but she
turned me into a design-
er," Mollie confesses, as
she reminisces on growing
up in Franklin with her
parents, Bonnie and Larry
Rattner. She calls them
her siblings because she
was born an only child.
"They made sure I had
the most interesting child-

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Ford color and materials

designer Mollie Rattner Engel.

hood possible," she says.
Mollie began college in
Montreal at Concordia
University and finished in
Detroit at the Center for
Creative Studies.
However, she worked in
her field long before grad-
uation through a car
design project she learned
about from a school
department head. "If I did
not have the training that
I did from CCS, I would
not have gotten the job I
have now," she says.
Mollie enjoys how her
profession pushes her to
think "out of the box."
She is currently develop-
ing new exterior colors for
the Ford Blue Oval brand,
and working on a Mercury
vehicle that she believes
is going to be very suc-
Mollie shares her love
for cars and art with her
mate. Her husband,
Christopher Engle, is also
an automotive designer
from CCS, working with
the Lear Corporation. The
Engles presently live in a
new Bloomfield home
with their dog Yachum.
Even beyond decorat-
ing the city streets, Mollie
aspires to color her life
with volunteer efforts for
low-income women, and
by earning a masters
degree in business admin-
istration. "These are big
wants that I have to pur-
sue. I would ultimately
like to run a division of a
company or operate a
business of my own."

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