Lifelong Learning: Community members get education in vehicle technology, design

Western Washington University Professor Eric Leonhardt, director of Western's Vehicle Research Institute, taught a class Feb. 25 through Western’s Academy for Lifelong Learning. Through ALL, community members, young or old, can take classes taught by Western professors.

Thursday's class focused on current and ongoing changes in automotive technology and advancements in engine design. Students also talked about wind and tire resistance, fuel efficiency and the rise of electric cars.

The class was followed by a tour of Western’s Vehicle Research Institute, where students got a look at a small engine from Europe.

Photos by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Professor Eric Leonhardt holds a class with Western’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, focusing on changes in automotive technology and advancements in engine design. Photo by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern
Professor Eric Leonhardt holds a class with Western’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, focusing on changes in automotive technology and advancements in engine design. Photo by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern
Professor Eric Leonhardt holds a class with Western’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, focusing on changes in automotive technology and advancements in engine design. Photo by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern
Professor Eric Leonhardt holds a class with Western’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, focusing on changes in automotive technology and advancements in engine design. Photo by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern
Professor Eric Leonhardt holds a class with Western’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, focusing on changes in automotive technology and advancements in engine design. Photo by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern
Professor Eric Leonhardt holds a class with Western’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, focusing on changes in automotive technology and advancements in engine design. Photo by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern