Among the many wonderful educational opportunities for Stanford students this fall, a number have a decidedly automotive focus. The Revs Program at Stanford is proud to support these classes and even in cases where we are not the supporting organization, we still recommend them highly. The breadth of learning here spans disciplines such as design thinking, environment and resources, mechanical engineering and urban studies. In all cases students will be able to interact with the automobile and transportation in ways that will impact their other coursework.

ME 292: Humanize My Ride: Investigations in User-Centric Vehicle Design

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 elements of one vehicle to test with their user¿s needs. This project-based course is accessible to students of all backgrounds interested in exploring and transforming the intersection of user-centric design, automotive technology, creative customization and hands-on building.
Instructors: Sturtz, M.; Serpe, M.

ENVRES 255: 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 that will lead to pilots jointly with companies to test new innovations. Students are encouraged but not required to enroll in the entire sequence which will include pilot design in the winter and pilot launch in the spring with potential option for summer internships at participating companies. Prerequisite: innovation, engineering, or modeling course.
Instructor: Heck, S.

URBST 145: 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 for details. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor(s).
Instructor: Chan, D.

ME 302A: 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 general aspects of the automobile and personal mobility. In the first half of the quarter, students will learn about different aspects of the automobile and understand key characteristics and conflicts. Primary trends such as electrification, automation, communication, and commoditization will be discussed. In the second half of the quarter, guest speakers from academia and industry will share their vision regarding the future of the automobile and how design challenges are addressed within their respective organizations. At the end of the quarter, students will have developed a broader understanding of the intertwined technology - environmental - human - business - legal aspects that will shape the future of the automobile.

Instructor: Beiker, S.