Lawrence Technological University showed off its award-winning design expertise Thursday evening at its ninth annual Industry Design Show, held in the Architecture Building.
Senior Transportation Design and Industrial Design program undergraduate students displayed the vehicles and consumer products of tomorrow, from advanced cars and trucks eyed for the year 2030 to the consumer products of tomorrow.
Keith Nagara, director of both programs in LTU’s College of Architecture and Design, noted that the show marks the sixth graduating class for LTU’s Transportation Design program, and the third class for Industrial Design. He reviewed the program’s successes for the year, including last fall’s opening of the Detroit Center for Design + Technology, an exhibition at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, and continuing accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The students also heard from Lindsey Grant, a 2014 LTU industrial design graduate now working as a designer at Ford Motor Co. She said the workload of a senior design student can seem overwhelming, as can the uncertainty of what lies ahead after graduation. But she said the future is bright for LTU’s graduates.
The program also featured a video on advances in science and mathematics that rely on conceptual design thinking, rather than merely the symbols of mathematical notation.
Nagara also highlighted the projects LTU worked on during the 2015-16 academic year, with companies such as FCA, Polaris, Buick, Ford, Michelin, Honda, GE, Under Armour, Plastipak and Johnson Controls, helping design the future in everything from cars to appliances to consumer products to athletic footwear to yachts.
The program is also using advanced design software from partners such as Dassault Systemes that gives students knowledge of the practice of design in the working world.