A Transformational $15.5 Million Investment in Kettering University Strengthening Kettering University’s leadership in the field of higher education


A Transformational $15.5 Million Investment in Kettering University

Strengthening Kettering University’s leadership in the field of higher education and expanding its role as a strategic partner in the region’s revitalization are the goals behind a $15.5-million grantmaking initiative announced Aug. 13 by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Mott’s pledge of support is the largest single commitment ever received by the University.

This investment by the Mott Foundation allows us to pursue aggressively our four key strategic goals: increasing student enrollment, nurturing our school's economic impact on the Flint community and the region, communicating Kettering University's unique identity to a broader audience and continuing to build alumni and stakeholder relationships and support for the school. Initial investments supported under this gift run the gamut from scholarships to new labs and programs to converting the convenience store across the street from campus into a community-focused eatery or coffee shop that also includes a city of Flint mini police station.

Our faculty and staff spent the last year developing a plan that builds on Kettering’s historical strengths and paves the way for future academic advancement, economic growth and relationship-building with students and the community. I am deeply appreciative to the Mott Foundation for their support of our collective vision and our direction. Please join me in celebrating this investment, this great institution, and the work ahead!

Warmest Regards,

President Robert K. McMahan


Campus News

Kettering University innovations make national news

This week's exciting announcement about the Mott Foundation's continued investment in Kettering is just the latest news about the transformative atmosphere happening on campus. Click the photo below to the left to read all about Kettering's participation in the US Ignite ultra-fast broadband initiative. Click the center photo to read about Kettering's leading efforts to increase the number of women pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields, which was part of a USA Today feature article. Click the photo on the right to find out more about the transformation of our on-campus dining facilities to better serve our students.


A new public-private effort, the US Ignite Partnership, is being launched at the White House to capitalize on what is possible through virtualized, ultra-fast broadband networks. Click the photo to read more.


USA Today featured Kettering University’s Lives Improve Through Engineering (LITE) program in a national story about efforts to battle the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. Click the photo to read more.

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Kettering University held a grand opening for a redesigned dining area last month. Updates are designed to provide an area where students can make more versatile use of the space. Click the photo to read more.


Student News

Commencement Coverage

Kettering University celebrated the single most treasured day in the life of a university on Saturday, June 9, when it hosted Commencement for more than 200 graduates. President Robert K. McMahan challenged the graduates to "create better lives for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren." Find coverage of commencement here and see more photos here. See the video of Bob Kagle's inspiring commencement address here.


Huong Chim, Sobey Scholar and Electrical Engineering major from Grand Rapids, with Ashley Reich, a Mechanical Engineering major from Marysville, Mich.


Robert C. Kagle '78, one of Professor Reg Bell's "favorite students of all time." Kagle gave the Commencement address.


Janese Jackson, a Chemical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering double major from Kingston, Jamaica, and Cynthia Gamble, Cooperative Education Manager.

Racing is a passion and a startup venture for Kettering student Eric Rogner.
The Iota Epsilon chapter of Alpha Phi at Kettering University raised more than $1,000 for the Alpha Phi Foundation during their Summer 2012 Cardiac Care Week.
Kettering students Sean Rusiecki and Chad Champine were recently featured in the Flint Journal for their business, GlobalLean.
Kettering University student Austin Lawrence and graduate Brian Falther '10 are working on an innovative business that will create urban farms.
Three Kettering students were among the presenters at Maker Faire Detroit at the Henry Ford Museum in July.
A group of Kettering Mechanical Engineering students, inspired by a local family whose young child suffers from genetic disorder 1p36, has engineered a special swing.
A Detroit News columnist recently wrote about a group of Kettering University students helping out a charity.
The Bay City Times quoted student Zach Johnson about his experience running a marathon.


Faculty and Staff News

Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Several Kettering University faculty members have delivered interesting presentations during Provost Robert Simpson's 'Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series' over the past year. Click the photos below for links to video of the presentations.


Dr. Doug Melton: 'If Opportunity Doesn't Knock, Build a Door'


Prof. Larry Navarre: 'Supply Chain Management: The Beer Game'


Dr. Boyan Dimitrov: 'Longer Life Through Math'


Dr. Patrick Atkinson: 'Bioengineering and You'


Dr. Ezekiel Gebissa: 'Bringing China Into the Classroom'


Dr. Steve Nartker and Dr. Jennifer Aurandt: 'Biogas Generation and Separation'


Dr. Kevin Bai: 'Power Electronics Solution for Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy'


Dr. Corneliu Rablau: 'Photonics and Nanotechnology'


Tom Ayers

New Vice President joins Kettering University

President Robert K. McMahan announced the appointment of Tom Ayers as the new Vice President for Administration and Finance at Kettering University in Flint, Mich., beginning July 1, 2012.

“Tom brings three decades of pertinent experience to Kettering and a superb record of leadership in operational services, management and budgeting,” President McMahan said. “His expertise on endowment management, campus master planning, facilities marketing and campus relationships with chief financial officers have made him a sought-after speaker at national conferences. His volunteer work extends to the Boy Scouts of America and community foundation work,” McMahan added.

Read the entire announcement here.

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Dr. Massoud Tavakoli

New EAU director

Provost Robert Simpson announces the appointment of Dr. Massoud Tavakoli as the new Program Director of Entrepreneurship Across the University (EAU). He has been engaged in entrepreneurial activities for many years and assumes EAU's leadership in 2012-13.


Crash Course with Impact

Just how much can one college class prepare you for your career? Actually, quite a lot according to Mary DiDonato and Robert McKee, who both found the MECH 550 Injury Criteria class they took from Dr. Patrick Atkinson to be quite useful in their careers.

Mary DiDonato ’11, a test engineer in the Survivability Armor Ballistics Lab at the U.S. Army TARDEC facility in Warren, Mich., found the MECH 550 class coursework gave her an edge on the job. She is currently working on a program to assess injury criteria in order to develop new test specifications for TARDEC.

DiDonato said she found the MECH 550 class interesting but “never realized how much it would help my career.” She has been asked to help with two projects outside her primary responsibilities at TARDEC due to her experience in the class.

Read more here.

Scott Kelly TargetX

TargetX, a national leader in interactive marketing technology services, presented Kettering with its National X Award for exceptional teamwork in overcoming challenges. Scott Beaty and Kelly Holmquist accepted the award.


Dr. Jonathan Wenzel (Chemical Engineering) was elected 2nd National Vice President, Grand Master of Ceremonies, of the Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity. Alpha Chi Sigma is a professional chemistry fraternity.


Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, director of CETL, welcomed Dr. Rabago-Smith for the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Aug. 8.

Kip Darcy, Kettering University Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Enrollment, recently wrote a guest column discussing Fixed Rate Tuition in the Washington Post.
Dr. W.L. Scheller, Industrial Engineering and Business Department Head, was recently quoted in the China Daily discussing 'reshoring' trends in manufacturing.
Dr. Kevin Bai (ECE) has been named associate editor of the SAE International Journal of Alternative Powertrains.
The Genesee County Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) announced the grand opening of its Alternative Fuel Facility and fuel cell bus on May 21, and thanks to the efforts of Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed, professor of Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University has played a key role in the innovative new technology.


Alumni News

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Jane Boon '90

New Trustee from New York City

Jane Boon, Ph.D., has joined the Kettering Board of Trustees. She graduated from Kettering in 1990 in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Her co-op was at Magna International. "The University introduced me to the idea that technology could serve as a platform for social change. I am excited to be a trustee at a school with a record for developing innovative programs that entice under-represented groups into the STEM fields," she said.

Boon earned a master's degree in Technology and Public Policy at MIT and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern. She now investigates errors as a consultant and researcher. Her work in peer-to-peer lending has been featured in Wired and on ABC World News Tonight. She lives in New York City with her husband, Norman Pearlstine.


Bob Kagle '78

Award presented to Kagle Leadership Initiatives program

The Kagle Leadership Initiatives at Kettering University was recently presented with a Community Leadership Award from Richfield Public School Academy. The award was signed by Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, recognizing the great work that was done through the community workshops facilitated by Kettering students.

The START (Successful Tools for Achieving Realistic Targets) program targets 8th graders transitioning into 9th grade, giving them necessary tools to aid in their success. Workshops include: Goal Setting, Time Management, Dealing with Peer Pressure, Self-Esteem and Your Values, Respect and Diversity.

The Kagle Leadership Initiatives (formerly known as the Kagle Mentoring Program) is a program that benefits the students and families of the Flint community. The program originally started as a one-on- one mentoring program for high school students. It has evolved to include community tutoring and community workshops. Follow more Kagle Leadership Initiatives news here.

Bob Kagle '78 was the keynote speaker at the Kettering University June Commencement. See the video of his speech here.


David Kenny '84

Graduate is new CEO of The Weather Channel

David Kenny ’84 is making changes and launching new programs as CEO of The Weather Channel.

Kenny was recently profiled in the Marietta Daily Journal.


Diana Tremblay '82

Tremblay featured in international media

International news source Reuters recently did an in-depth story about Diana Tremblay, a 1982 Kettering University graduate and member of the Board of Trustees. The article discusses Tremblay's role at General Motors. She's currently the Global Manufacturing Chief and has been with the company more than 35 years. The article states, 'Now she faces an even more critical task for the world's largest automaker - ensuring the smooth 2013 introduction of the remodeled full-size pickup trucks and SUVs, GM's high-profile equivalent of a new Apple iPhone.'


Darren Heartwell '00, Clark Bailo '81 and Benjamin Coon '00 were hosted by the Student Alumni Council. Darren is a corporate manager at Kettering, Clark is the retired IT manager at GM and Ben is an intellectual property attorney in Birmingham, MI.

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Officials from TRW Automotive, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, were on the Kettering University campus July 20 to present a $62,000 research grant. The grant extends an ongoing relationship between Kettering University and TRW. Among the TRW representatives were two Kettering graduates. Click the photo to read more.

Mary Barra '85 was one of eight influential female business leaders featured in Detroit Business.
Brandon Scanlon '06 has been named a 2012 Kaplan Life Sciences Fellow by Harvard Business School.
William F. Probert '57 recently released a book through Summerland Publishing called,“The Lunar Roving Vehicle 1G Trainer.”
Ron Weber '87 has been named Vice President of Operations at Phoenix Coaters.
Steve Finch '81 was featured in the Buffalo News for his work turning around a General Motors plant in Tonawanda.
Stacy Thayer ’06 and ’11 received the Consistent Contributor Award when the Society of Women Engineers celebrated its 60th anniversary recently. She is the newly elected president of SWE-Detroit.
Wayne Turton '51 and his wife Mary were recently honored by their Masonic Lodge in Farmington Hills.
Alumnus Colleen Theuerkauf recently wrote about financial planning for The Oakland Press.
NASCAR driver Ryan Newman shared a story about Matt Borland '94 with The Auto Channel.
Jeremy Weilnau '02 was recently promoted at Prestolite Performance.
Tommy Zamberlan ’01 has some military writing and research work that will be added to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.
Mark J. Bulanda '89 has been named executive vice president and business leader for Emerson Industrial Automation.
Gary Butters ’76 recently biked through the Grand Tetons.
Adrienne Williamson was recently featured in the 'Her Campus' publication.
Gerry S. Bryce '69 was recently appointed Director of Business Development at Munro and Associates.
Leslie Nielsen was featured in a story in the Mansfield News Journal.
Kettering alumni discuss national ‘insourcing’ trend.


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