A team of Kean University industrial design students is exhibiting its transportation vision for the university at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, one of only five student teams selected from across the nation.
Their project, “A Day in the Life of a Kean Student,” has been included in the exhibit, The Road Ahead: Reimagining Transportation. The exhibit opened in December, and is scheduled to be on display until March 31. The other universities represented are Harvard, Arizona State, the University of Michigan and the University of Washington.
The students, all of whom are in the industrial design program at Kean’s Michael Graves College Robert Busch School of Design, collaborated on the project that brainstormed new means of transportation.
They came up with a shuttle system leading to Kean; a fleet of on-campus self-driving carts; and a fleet of assisted-pedal bicycles, with apps that tie all the features together.
“The whole idea is to come up with new ways to transport people and products in a more efficient and beneficial way,” sophomore James D’Orazio of Wyckoff, one of the team members, said in a statement.
Other team members are sophomores John Almeida of Roselle Park and Jared Torres of Camden, and senior Michael Daniel of East Orange.
Efecem Kutuk, an assistant professor and program coordinator of the Industrial Design program at Kean, said the exhibit covers a wide spectrum of thought-provoking ideas.
“It’s the dream of every designer to exhibit their work in Cooper Hewitt, a priceless experience for passionate designers,” Kutuk said. “This experience will open up a lot of doors for our students when they start to apply for internships and jobs.”