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New class lets Stanford students restore a piece of Americana

New class lets Stanford students restore a piece of Americana

A new course in mechanical engineering explores product design and manufacturing through the restoration of an old Cadillac DeVille.
June 14, 2012

The course description for a new seminar in mechanical engineering describes exploration into topics of design and manufacturing, and tells students they will consider questions of American identity and history.

Then it says this: Every student can expect to get his or her hands dirty.

"This quarter we decided to try something a little different, a little scary," says Greg Kress, a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering who is helping teach the class.

That's ME397: Design Restoration. And in it, students learn by restoring a 1962 Cadillac DeVille — the car, complete with space-age fins, that defined luxury in that bygone era.