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Lawrence Tech highlights industry partnerships at Detroit's Auto Show

Release Date: February 26, 2013

Transportation design student projects commissioned by automotive manufacturers are on display at Lawrence Technological University’s exhibit at the 2013 North American International Auto Show that runs through Sunday, Jan. 27. The exhibit is located downstairs in Michigan Hall.

Industry projects that transportation design students have worked on for the 2012-13 academic year include:

  • 2025 Ford Exterior – research and design of a future global C-segment vehicle; fourth-year studio for seniors.
  • 2025 Lear Interior – conceptualizing interiors for autonomous transportation; third-year studio for juniors.
  • 2025 Volt exterior – exploring the future of the Volt platform; second-year studio for sophomores.
  • Steel Market Development Institute/Michelin – designing a wheel concept for a Hollywood steel theme; competition.
  • Warrior Sports – designing the next-generation hockey helmet with integrated safety devices; first-year ID studio.
  • Ford Exterior – designing a global SUV for millennials; freshman studio.

With support and encouragement from the automotive industry, Lawrence Tech has created a unique Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design program that emphasizes the importance of engineering factors in automotive design. Director Keith Nagara, a former Ford designer who has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from LTU, has designed the degree program to simulate an industry studio environment.