Lawrence Tech Design School, Cars, Controversy & More

Gary S. Vasilash

According to Keith Nagara, Henry Ford once asked a couple of brothers about establishing an educational curriculum to address the needs that he was facing at the Ford Motor Company.   Those brothers had the surname “Lawrence.”  And some of those needs of Ford led to what is today Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.

Nagara is the director of the Transportation Design Program at the school.  And unlike other design programs, the one at Lawrence Tech has a strong emphasis on engineering, so the graduates have grounding not only in styling and design, but engineering and manufacture.

You can learn more about that design program, as well as get various, sundry, amusing, and often cogent observations about the auto industry—products, people, politics, and more—from John McElroy, host of “Autoline After Hours,” Peter DeLorenzo, the Autoextremist, Scott Burgess of AOL Autos, and your autofieldblogger here: