Growing up in Russia, Alex Ananin was exposed more to military vehicles than fine automobiles. But after moving to the U.S. at age 12, Alex soon became enamored with automotive design and began sketching design ideas inspired, in part, by what he saw in magazines such as Popular Science.
Alex dreamed of becoming an automotive designer, but his hopes were dashed when he came across statistic that said there were more astronauts in the world than auto designers.
Nevertheless, after choosing to attend the University of Bridgeport and major in industrial design, Alex felt his dream taking shape once again. He credits instructor John Houlihan, who inspired and encouraged him on his path to success. The University has empowered Alex to make most of his talents. His design for a protective safety belt recently won the Nissan First Prize in the new York Auto Show Safety Competition.
Alex expanded his design experience and capabilities through an internship with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, where he helped design the interiors of VIP helicopters. It was an opportunity made possible through the personal help of his University of Bridgeport instructors.
“If it were not for the University of Bridgeport, I never would have had the opportunity to realize my dreams. Choosing the right school was crucial for me. And having instructors who were truly interested in me and my success made all the difference.”