Source: College for Creative Studies

This past fall, 12 College for Creative Studies (CCS) Transportation Design students were challenged to consider traditional as well as unique applications for agricultural spraying equipment. They not only rose to the challenge, but they excelled in their design of a self-propelled crop sprayer that combined optimum functionality with superior design.

Instructor Clyde Foles and the students at CCS collaborated with Hagie for an entire 15-week semester, where students were challenged to design concepts for a self-propelled crop sprayer. This entailed doing conceptual work for the next generation sprayer and immediate production of a smaller sprayer.

As a result of this effort, two students were chosen to intern at Hagie the following semester. CCS recognizes the importance of providing students with real-world experiences and enhanced training to prepare them to become industry leaders. Sponsored research products are highly conceptual and allow students the opportunity to participate in creative, research based assignments within real-world class parameters.

"The students are innovative, focused and all have such a superior work ethic," said Alan Hagie, chief operating officer and vice president of Hagie Manufacturing. "Their designs aren't rote and uninspired. You can tell that CCS students have been trained to capture the intersection of aesthetics and good engineering in their processes. We were excited to work with CCS for the second year in a row."

"At CCS, we are very proud of our Transportation department," said Larry Erickson, chair of CCS's Transportation Design department. "Transportation Design encompasses aircraft, agricultural equipment, automotive, motorcycles, trucks and much more. This project helps to prove the depth and range of educational offerings available to our students."

As senior Christopher Custer soon learned through his internship at Hagie, this collaboration was a learning experience for the students and professionals alike. "I really enjoyed the amount of responsibility given to me, and the trust that Hagie had in me to get the results they wanted," said Custer. "But, Hagie had not worked with in-house industrial designers prior to our arrival, so it was a learning experience for everyone involved. I learned so much about designing for production, and it was such an exciting challenge to turn a concept into reality."

This experience is echoed by senior Matt Kulczyski who also interned at Hagie. While working at Hagie I was given the opportunity to design several components on their newest sprayer the STX10. We designed and modeled the exterior as well as worked on solving the many packaging challenges that come with an exterior design project," said Kulczyski.

"The experience you don't get from school is the interaction between an industrial designer and an engineer. Being given the opportunity to use my design skills and work with experienced engineers to put my design into production is a true real world experience. To see my sketches transformed into something that I can touch and feel is what industrial design is all about."