Courses

Humanize My Ride: Investigations in User-Centric Vehicle Design

(This class is supported in part by the Revs Program at Stanford)

Humanize My Ride is vehicle design for the extreme user. We will explore the relationship between specialized vehicles and their user¿s needs to inform a deep dive into designing and prototyping a unique purpose modified ride for a new type of user. Utilizing the designing thinking approach and emerging technology such as Google GLASS, student teams will interview drivers and users of specific purpose cars and trucks and then choose a new user to design and build for. Teams will work collectively on different... Read More

ID
ME292
Terms
2014 - Fall
Units
3
Grading
Letter

Innovative Transportation Systems

(Note: this class is supported by the Precourt Institute for Energy and is highly recommended by us at the Revs Program)

Research seminar. Evaluation of the technologies and business model innovations that are transforming our transportation system. Study of existing examples like Tesla, Uber, Lyft, Rideshare, ZipCar, the Google self-driving car, Urban Engines. Identification of additional technologies, business model changes, and economic productivity opportunities to reduce fuel/energy use, increase asset utilization, reduce congestion and accidents. Part of a year long sequence... Read More

ID
ENVRES 255
Terms
2014 - Fall
Units
3
Grading
Letter

International Urbanization Seminar: Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Development

(This class is supported in part by the Revs Program at Stanford)

Comparative approach to sustainable cities, with focus on international practices and applicability to China. Tradeoffs regarding land use, infrastructure, energy and water, and the need to balance economic vitality, environmental quality, cultural heritage, and social equity. Student teams collaborate with Chinese faculty and students partners to support urban sustainability projects. Limited enrollment via application; see internationalurbanization.org for details. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor(s).

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ID
URBANST 145
Terms
2014 - Fall
Units
4-5
Grading
Letter or Credit/No Credit

The Future of the Automobile - Trends and Challenges in Personal Mobility

(Note: this class is supported by the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford -- CARS -- and is highly recommended by us at the Revs Program)The objective of this course is to develop an understanding for the requirements that go into the design of a highly complex yet easy-to-use product, i.e. the automobile. Students will learn about very different interdisciplinary aspects that characterize the automobile and personal mobility. This is the first part of a 3-quarter seminar series, which build on one another but can be taken independently. This quarter, the seminar will discuss... Read More

ID
ME 302A
Terms
2014 - Fall
Units
1
Grading
Credit/No Credit

Judging Historical Significance: The Automobile

How might we judge the importance of an object?  This immersive design seminar is designed for you to learn how to judge the import and impact of a historical object.  Students will explore context, design and impact to develop criteria and discuss their findings to arrive at a common outcome. 

Our test case for this is the automobile but the underlying thinking is designed to be transferable across the disciplines. Having a working mechanism for judging importance -- drawing from exposure to experts from archeology, psychology, history, engineering and... Read More

ID
ME 200
Terms
2014 - Spring
Units
1
Grading
Credit/No Credit

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