Meet Jelani Aliyu: Chevrolet Volt designer

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Meet Jelani Aliyu: Chevrolet Volt designer

Designer of Chevrolet volt
Jelani Aliyu

Nigerians has continued to amaze the world with it inventories. At Nigerian Brains, we bring to the knowledge of Nigerians what fellow Nigeriansare doing around the world in Education, information communications technology, Engineering and all aspects of life.

Today we will be looking at Jelani Aliyu, a Nigerian that designed chevrolet Volt.

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Brief description 
Name: Jelani Aliyu
State: Sokoto
Country: Nigeria
Secondary Education: FGC sokoto
High institution: Birnin-Kebbi Polytechnic, 
Date of birth: 1966

Jelani Aliyu background 

Jelani Aliyu is a United States-based Nigerian automotive designer. Jelani Aliyu was born in 1966. He designed the General Motors’ (GM)  leading auto brand, Chevrolet Volt. He is been seen as the world’s best car designer. He is happily married with children.

Jelani grew up in Sokoto, which is usually referred to as land of the midday sun. He's parents came from Dogondaji, which is a town about an hour southwest of Sokoto. 

Jelani said: "Growing up was a fascinating experience, the wide open spaces, the brightblue skies and the very closely knit family. They were very exciting times. I attended Capital School and FGC Sokoto, where I met a lot of friends and teachers from many parts of Nigeria, and from Asia, and Europe".

Futhermore "After FGC Sokoto, I had a number of admissions and the opportunity to study at a number of universities in the country, but I chose to study Architecture at the Birnin-Kebbi Polytechnic, because my priority was to immediately engage in hands on practical design, which the polytechnic offered, and to prepare myself for Automotive Design. 

"At Birnin-Kebbi I did studies in sustainable home designs that were in tune with the Nigerian climate, buildings that passively kept cool without the need for air conditioners or other external energy sources.

High institution in Michigan collage

"After Birnin-Kebbi I concentrated on going into Automotive Design itself. I got a book from acousin of mine that listed all the American colleges and universities, in there I learnt of the Collage for Creative Studies in Michigan. 

"I sent them the portfolio of designs I had done and secured admission. Sokoto State Scholarship Board offered me a full scholarship to study at the college.

Job at General Motors 

"After graduation I got a job with General Motors, after about three years in Detroit I went on an international assignment to Germany for about two years to design Opels. 

"When I came back to the Tech Center I worked on the Pontiac G6, then I transferred to the company’s Advanced Design Studio, there I developed the design concept of the Chevrolet Volt Electric Car, the vehicle would go on to usher in a new era not just for GM but for the whole industry and world in general.

Concept of Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet Volt 

"The Chevrolet Volt project started with a brief by the then Vice President of product development on the need to develop a highly advanced vehicle concept that would take the company forward into the future. 

"Three advanced studios were engaged in the competition, the one in California, one in the United Kingdom and the Michigan Advanced Studio where I was. Together there were hundreds of entries.

"Out of those hundreds, five were chosen for the final round. At the final selection my proposal was chosen to go forward as the Volt. 

"I conceptualized the design of the Volt to be very advanced and to capture the spirit of the African wilderness and also that of the magnificence of the marine life off the African Atlantic shores: like a cheetah poised for an attack, like a shark swimming with powerful grace and focus" jelani said in an interview. 

This is great Nigerian that all youths should imitate and prove to the world that we Nigerians have capacity. Like Chike Obi, Philip Emeagwali and others. 


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