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Local professor to discuss helping design original Ford Mustang

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Lafayette, LA (KPLC) -

A local professor recently discussed his work as a member of the team that designed the original Ford Mustang about 50 years ago.

Jerome "Jerry" Malinowski with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette presented "The Enigma of an American Icon: DNA of the Ford Mustang" on April 2 at noon at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise on the UL Lafayette campus.

The event was open to the public and featured some of Malinowski's original drawings. The Ford & Mustang Club of Acadiana also had vintage cars on display at the event.

KPLC got the chance to catch up with Malinowski. Here's what he had to say:

"It's become an icon. We never realized it would be such a popular item, but I think you could see (from) the cars here that these people love their cars, and they probably think of them as members of their family," Malinowski said. 

Malinowski was hired at Ford in Dearborn, Mich., in 1961. Malinowski's first project was helping design the 1964 Thunderbird. He was later transferred to work with the Mustang I team.

Malinowski currently serves as the coordinator of UL Lafayette's Industrial Design program.

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