Spring 2012 Edition In an interview with Fortune Magazine in April, Dee Leopold, the Dean of Admissions for Harvard Business School, outlined the qua

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Spring 2012 Edition

In an interview with Fortune Magazine in April, Dee Leopold, the Dean of Admissions for Harvard Business School, outlined the qualifications of a successful applicant to HBS. In a portion of the interview in which the topic was successful feeder schools to Harvard, Leopold said, “We love Kettering University in Flint.” Kettering was the only university directly named in the article other than Harvard itself.

That quote perfectly epitomizes the energy and momentum felt across campus this spring. In March, we became the first STEM University in Michigan and one of the first in the country to offer all of our students a guaranteed, fixed-rate tuition. In early April, alumnus Armen Oumedian '49 organized a overwhelmingly successful event in Grand Rapids for middle and high school students from the area interested in learning more about engineering careers. At the event students and their families were able to meet with experienced professionals working in an array of science and engineering fields, as well as to talk with current Kettering students and faculty about their experiences and speak with Kettering staff about financial aid, scholarships, and other vital resources we provide for prospective students. Finally, on April 20, 'Celebrate Kettering' events filled the day and campus giving all in attendance an opportunity to take pride in the vibrant past, present and future of this great University.

As evidenced by the many achievements and accomplishments described below, the future of this University is very bright. If you are an alumna or alumnus, please take the opportunity to visit us this year and see the physical improvements across campus, hear about our innovative teaching and research, interact with our amazing students, and (re)connect with our distinguished faculty. Wonderful things are happening at Kettering.

Have a great summer,

Bob McMahan, President


Students in the News


Nurudeen Huthman, Ana Toumboulian, Kemoy Smith, Jason Gui, Chris Gauthier, Timothy Hartman and Amy Allison along with faculty adviser Dr. Michael Callahan.

Kettering Model United Nations Club competes at Harvard

Seven Kettering University students participated in the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) competition Feb. 16-19 in Boston, Mass.

The Kettering group – Nurudeen Huthman, Ana Toumboulian, Kemoy Smith, Jason Gui, Chris Gauthier, Timothy Hartman and Amy Allison along with faculty adviser Dr. Michael Callahan, Professor of History and the current Frances Wilson Thompson Professor of Leadership Studies at Kettering – represented the Kingdom of Cambodia, immersing themselves in the culture, politics, religion, history and foreign relations of Cambodia in preparation for the event. Read the full story here.


Erik Hardy of the Baja Team in the Endurance Race. Click the photo to read the full story.

Kettering's SAE teams performing well

Kettering's SAE teams have been all over the news lately. The SAE Formula team recently hosted a team from Esslingen University (Germany) and will host teams from Metropolia Motorsport Helsinki (Finland) and the University of South Florida in its garage later this month, allowing those teams to prepare for competitions. Read more about that here. The Formula Team also was recently featured in this video report on ABC 12.

Kettering’s SAE Mini Baja team went from Michigan to Alabama to Oregon to compete this year, and their vehicle did well - when it finally got its custom gear box. Read a story about their experiences here.

Additionally, the Clean Snowmobile team finished second in the Clean Snowmobile Challenge last March.


Kettering student Michael Russell. Click the link to read a story about Russell's work.

Student heads to Israel

Mike Russell will join a team of 10 American students who will travel around Israel starting in July in an intensive education and relationship building experience to educate future leaders on the changing world. He'll spend three weeks touring the country, then after a brief break, Russell will start a one-year teaching experience. "I will teach the Physical Sciences to seventh and eighth grade students in Israel, and I'll also coach youth soccer," Russell said. "It's really a chance of a lifetime and I'm so excited." Read the full story here.

Students from the President's Student Advisory Council started meeting with President McMahan in May to advise the president on matters of importance and concern to students. PSAC will serve as the principal body of communication between students and the President.
Student Michael Boulter recently contributed a blog post to 'A Good Run' describing running in Flint.
Students are collaborating on a unique capstone project that will aid special needs children.
View Newspapers wrote a story about Kettering's hockey team playing in a new arena, the Polar Palace in Lapeer, Mich., next season.
The Flint Journal wrote about a startup business called Lava launched by a group of Kettering students.
Student Phyllis Green has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Michigan Pageant.
A charity run by members of Kettering's Phi Delta Theta fraternity was featured on NBC 25 news.


Alumni in the News


A new campus security vehicle donated to Kettering by General Motors.

Barra '85 announces GM vehicle donation

Mary Barra '85 announced the donation of a police-package security vehicle by the General Motors Corporation on Friday, April 20, as part of a campus wide celebration to honor the inauguration of President Robert K. McMahan as Kettering's seventh president.

Barra is a Senior Vice President at General Motors in charge of Global Product Development. The announcement came during her Alumni Keynote Address to a standing room only crowd in Kettering's International Room. Read more here.


Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed and Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed with former students Prashant Patel and Paras Shah.

Graduates recognized for paper

Two Kettering graduates, Prashant Patel, Product Engineer Chrysler Group LLC, and Paras Shah, Technical Specialist, FEV, Inc., co-authored a paper along with a professor at Oakland University that won the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award for SAE Paper at the SAE World Congress in April. The paper was titled, "Piston Design Using Multi-Objective Reliability-Based Design Optimization."

Both are former students of Kettering professors Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed and Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed. Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed was also honored at the event as an SAE Fellow.

Dana Hargitt has been named vice president, Components Engineering, NTCNA, at Nissan.
David Merrion ’58 has been named to the National Academies, National Research Council’s Committee for Assessment of Technologies for Improving Fuel Economy of Light-Duty Vehicles, Phase 2. Read more here.
John Cachat is now the VP Business Development at KeyedIn Solutions.
Orrin Woodward ’90 recently won the Independent Association of Business Top Leadership Award.
Robert L. Mott '62 has been named the recipient of the 2012 SME Education Award by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Charles (Chuck) Croskey, has been named chairman of the board of directors for Guardian Industries. Read more here.
David Ropp was recently named an operating partner at Northwest Equity.
Steven James is the new CFO at Frank Miller Lumber.
Jason Jupe has been appointed to senior consultant at Human Factors Engineering.
The St. Catharine’s (Ontario) Standard has a nice feature story on Dave Drew, a Kettering graduate who is now a successful horse trainer and breeder.
Kimberly S. Williams has been elected as co-president of The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum.


Kettering graduate Melany Gavulic, who had been serving as interim CEO at Hurley Medical Center, has now been named permanent CEO. Click the photo to read more.


Dr. Lucy King (pictured) and alumni Richard Johnson and Christa Glassburn recently discussed the 'insourcing' trend in manufacturing jobs and its potential impact. Click the photo to read more.


Brian Olatunji ’05 has been named one of Crain’s 20 in their 20s. Brian was the 2011 Entrepreneurial Achievement award recipient. Click the photo to read more.


Faculty and Staff in the News


Students demonstrate their haptic-enabled devices to Dr. Zadeh and Dr. Tavakoli.

Cross-disciplines capstone developed

Three Kettering professors from different academic departments developed a multidisciplinary capstone project for students to design tools for surgical procedures.

Dr. Mehrdad Zadeh, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Dr. Massoud Tavakoli, professor of mechanical engineering, and Dr. Corneliu Rablau, associate professor of physics, collaborated on the course. Five groups of ME and several ECE students designed haptic-enabled instruments for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgical procedures.

“Usually capstone courses are just students from one major working on a project,” Zadeh said. “This project gave students from different disciplines the chance to work together and learn from each other.” Read the full story here.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning recently awarded professional development travel grants to ME's Vipul Laddha and Physics professor Ronald Kumon. Read more here.
Scott Beaty, Lead Business Analyst for Enrollment Services, recruits in the "cloud." He'll present how he transforms raw data into practical, usable enrollment information at a national Customer Relationship Management software conference in July. Learn more about TargetX.
Kettering University's Dr. Corneliu Rablau, associate professor of Physics, became the chair-elect of the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society (OSAPS) during the spring meeting. Read more here.
Betsy Homsher, VP for Student Life and Dean of Students, has been appointed to the editorial board of the award-winning Society of Women Engineers Magazine. See SWE's spring issue here.
Dr. Jim Huggins was again selected to participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading.
New faculty member Thomas Ngniatedema (Department of Business) was recently published in the spring issue of the Journal of Computer Information Systems.


Susan Davies


Kip Darcy

Kettering welcomes new VPs

Kettering University welcomed two new vice presidents recently.

Susan Davies, CFRE, is the new Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations at Kettering.

Previously, Davies was the Vice President of University Relations at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. In that role she had responsibility for leading a successful campaign that raised more than $110 million. Prior to that, she worked at Michigan State University in their development program. Davies has served on several boards including most recently, CFRE International, the credentialing body for fundraisers world-wide, serving two years as chair.

Kip Darcy is the new Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Enrollment.

He previously directed admissions for both the Washington University School of Law and the University of California Hastings College of Law. At Hastings, he directed the nation’s 10th largest law school admissions and financial aid operation. In these roles he also developed and implemented successful national and international student recruitment programs.

Most recently, he managed field enablement and communications for Blue Coat Systems, Inc. At Blue Coat Systems, he developed a communications strategy and organization for a technology-focused 400+ member field team. Darcy also spent seven years with HP Software, where among other programs he was responsible for expanding technology initiatives to micro banking organizations in Africa.

Read more about Davies here. Read more about Darcy here.


There is no better tool for teachers than firsthand, unique experiences. Thanks to the U.S. Navy’s Educator Orientation Visit (EOV) program, Dr. Jonathan Wenzel, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering, now can give his students concrete examples of what life is like on a nuclear submarine. Click the photo to read more.


A process for wrapping chocolates, the detection of gravitational waves, cartography and voting theory are all related mathematically – through their “uncle” the equilateral triangle, according to Dr. Brian McCartin, professor of Applied Mathematics at Kettering University and author of the new book “Mysteries of the Equilateral Triangle (Hikari Ltd., 2010). Click the photo to read more.


Jurnell Burton, a local student from Flint and also a mentee in Kettering's Kagle Leadership Initiatives, with Dr. Henry (Doc K) Kowalski of Mechanical Engineering and the head coach of Kettering's Metal Muscle FIRST Robotics team. Click the photo to read more.


After serving as program director for the Kettering University Entrepreneurship Across the University (EAU) program for two years and participating in the KEEN Network on campus, Dr. Doug Melton will leave Kettering to join KEEN as Program Director July 1. Click the photo to read more.


Dr. Joel Berry

Berry honored

Dr. K. Joel Berry, professor of Mechanical Engineering, was chosen to be an American Society of Mechanical Engineering Fellow. Only the top 3 percent of the more than 100,000 Mechanical Engineering faculty nationwide are accepted as fellows.

ASME Fellows are nominated by their peers, and must have at least 10 years of active practice and 10 years of continuous active membership in the organization. Berry was nominated by Dr. Raghu Echempati, professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University and chair of the Saginaw Valley chapter of ASME.

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David White

David White recognized

David White, Archivist of the Scharchburg Archives, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32 Annual Conference of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network held in Flint on May 9-12. With its largest attendance, the conference award program was held in the restored Durant Hotel in downtown Flint. David was recognized for his contribution to historic preservation in Michigan and for over 30 years of preservation leadership in Flint and Genesee County,


Faculty and staff promotions and appointments

David Marshall, Liberal Studies, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Humanities, with tenure.
Montserrat Rabago-Smith, Chemistry/Biochemistry, was promoted to Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, with tenure.
Tom Elsner, who retired after 41 years of service to Kettering University, has been named Emeritus Professor of Mathematics.
Basem Alzahabi has been appointed the permanent director of the Office of International Programs. With this appointment, Basem will be transitioning out of his duties as Associate Department Head for Mechanical Engineering.
With the appointment of Donna Wicks as the Kettering University webmaster, Tracey Rogerson from Video Operations has assumed the task of providing end-user support for Blackboard.


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