Department of Engineering and Design, College of Science and Engineering
Note: This program option is not currently accepting new students. For further information contact the Engineering and Design Department, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9086, 360-650-3380.
The Industrial Technology – Vehicle Design minor uses vehicle research, design and development projects to educate students. Through the Vehicle Research Institute, nearly 60 vehicles have been built since 1972. Since 1989, developing hybrid electrical and natural gas/biomethane vehicle technology has been a focus of the program. The student teams have set records around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, up Pike’s Peak and across the Australian Outback with a class win in the 1990 World Solar Challenge. A recent team was the only U.S. university-based team in the finals of the Progressive Automotive X Prize - a $10 million prize to build a 100 mile per hour gallon car. Graduates have entered a wide range of industry sectors including: automotive, automotive racing, aerospace, marine, heavy duty vehicle, composites, prototype design and manufacturing, computer numerically controlled machining and biofuels. Students gain an understanding of the tools, materials and processes used in industry.
Industrial Technology-Vehicle Design
Program (ITVD) Director
Engineering Technology 209
and Pre-Major Advisor
Engineering Technology 204
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.