Summer/Fall 2013 - Issue 6 As we move into fall, I'd like to reflect on what has truly been a summer full of transformational events at Kettering Uni

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Summer/Fall 2013 - Issue 6


Reg Bell with Bob Kagle '78.

As we move into fall, I'd like to reflect on what has truly been a summer full of transformational events at Kettering University. As you'll read below, the last few months have seen incredible activity both on and off campus in the spirit of our mission and pillars.

In May, we had the opportunity to reconnect with many alumni who made the trip back to campus to celebrate Homecoming. The highlight of the weekend was of course a celebration of Prof. Reg Bell's 200th consecutive teaching term.

The celebration concluded with a truly grand finale when one of Prof. Bell's favorite students, Bob Kagle '78, surprised Reg with the gift of a fully restored white two-door '59 Cadillac Coup Deville exactly like the one in which Reg first drove to campus in 1963. It is a beautiful car and seeing Reg's face when he first saw it was a moment in Kettering history - and one that truly united everyone in attendance in their appreciation for this great scholar, mentor, teacher, trusted advisor, and friend of so many.

And that was just the beginning of a phenomenal Homecoming. We have plenty of photo galleries from the weekend: Reg Bell's lecture; Reg Bell's celebration dinner; car show/family fun fest; Major Sobey Golf Outing; alumni dinner; Celebrate Achievement Expo.

Preparations are already underway to make next year's homecoming a spectacular and meaningful event that brings back even more alumni to campus. Please keep an eye out for info on next year's celebration and mark May 16-18, 2014, on your calendars.

Read on to discover just a sample of the amazing things that are happening in the Kettering community.

Between issues of the Kettering Communicator you can always find the latest Kettering University News on our website, or follow Kettering University and me on Twitter and don't forget to like KetteringUniversity on Facebook.

Thank you, as always, for your engagement with this great university.

Warmest Regards,

President Robert K. McMahan




Read about Kettering University's considerable Community Vitality efforts.

When Kettering University undertook a mission and visioning process beginning in 2011, engaging in helping shape a brighter future for the city of Flint was something that was universally important to students, faculty and staff who participated in that process. The entire university has a vested interest in making Flint a vibrant, dynamic, safe, and economically diverse community.

The Community Vitality Pillar was established out of this process, along with Kettering's other strategic objectives. recently did an in-depth profile of the University's considerable efforts to be an active partner in creating a thriving Flint. From the story:

"So, why do they do it?

The end goal is to eliminate crime in the area and make it an economically viable community, (Kettering director of external relations Jack) Stock said.

And, they do it because they have to: Flint must succeed for Kettering to succeed.

And, they do it because they can.

And, they do it because they are one of the few with the brains and financial brawn it takes to do it.

"We have an amazing capability to have an impact to play a part in the economic revitalization in Flint -- but we have to engage," McMahan said."

Kettering President Robert McMahan was also featured by MLive in an in-depth interview on Kettering's role in the community. Kettering was also featured prominently in a segment on NPR/Michigan Radio's Stateside program.

More recent support for the Community Vitality pillar:

Kettering University students have created a transformational business plan to launch St. Luke N.E.W. (North End Women) Life Enterprises, Inc., from six part-time employees to 100 full-time, then eventually 1,000 full-time employees, responding to contractual agreements for medical facilities all over the region.
Kettering plays key role in Flint’s master plan process.
Kettering efforts highlighted in EPA report.
The Oxford Virtual Academy and Kettering University have partnered together in order to provide expanded and improved services to students.
Kettering University and Powers Catholic High School are partnering to launch a dual enrollment program for Powers students this year.


Campus News


IME, ME programs are top five in the country

The Kettering University Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department was once again ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News and World Report in the publication’s annual ‘Best Colleges’ editions.

U.S. News and World Report in the publication’s annual ‘Best Colleges’ editionsKettering’s Mechanical Engineering program ranked No. 3 in the country. Kettering ranked No. 17 in the country among undergraduate engineering programs and No. 24 among all Midwest colleges. Read more.

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Kettering graduates among nation’s best in earning potential

Kettering University graduates, on average, earn more than graduates of any college in the state of Michigan, according to data released by

Kettering ranked 60th nationally in PayScale’s annual College Salary Report. Kettering was the highest ranking Michigan school on the list and ranked seventh among all Midwest colleges.

The rankings reflect Kettering University’s focus on experiential education that combines theory and practice as well as any institution in the country. Students get a solid grounding in principles through work in the classroom and labs, then test those skills in industry settings as co-op employees in their respective fields.


Campus expansion and upgrades continue

The Kettering University campus continues to transform and expand in a variety of ways. Click the photos below to learn about exciting new facilities and initiatives on campus, including Kettering's agreement with the city of Flint to take over Atwood Stadium, dedication and opening of a new, state-of-the-art security center, a fully renovated BJ's Lounge, the Flint area's first ZipCar business opening on the Kettering campus and more.


As part of Kettering's Community Vitality pillar, the university has agreed to take ownership of Atwood Stadium from the city of Flint.


Kettering University officials unveiled the renovated BJ's Lounge at an event in June.

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Kettering's new neighbor, Powers Catholic, has invited the Kettering community to a dedication event Sept. 5.

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Find out details about Kettering's exciting new partnership with ZipCar.


New touch-free hydration stations have been installed around campus as an alternative to bottled water.


Kettering officials participated in a press conference announcing cleanup funding for Chevy in the Hole with the EPA and state, local and federal officials in August.


Kettering unveiled a new, state-of-the-art security center that makes Kettering's campus among the safest in the country this summer.


The Connie and Jim John Recreation Center at Kettering University was packed with hundreds of high school students from around Michigan competing in the annual Kettering Kickoff FIRST Robotics competition on Sept. 21. Students sitting in the bleachers who, as a part of teams or as individuals, have been impacted by General Motors’ longtime support of FIRST and other initiatives that enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs were asked to come down to the FIRST playing field for a photo. By the time students finished making their way to the field, the once-packed bleachers in the recreation center were nearly empty. Click the photo to read more.

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UPS-supported Gap Scholarships crucial for students graduating

This year, UPS Gap Scholarships were awarded to six students, enabling them to remain enrolled at Kettering University. Scholarships play a critical role in making Kettering University’s experiential education accessible for many students who could not otherwise afford it, increasing matriculation, retention and graduation rates. Kettering University’s gap scholarships, supported by the UPS Foundation, assist students who are well into their college careers and have found a burdensome ‘gap’ between the costs of education and their ability to pay for it. The gaps usually range from $2,000-$10,000.

Randy Stashick of UPS and the Kettering University Board of Trustees (center) with Payge Woodside (left) and Hoshing Kwong (right).Randy Stashick, vice president of engineering at UPS and a member of the Kettering University Board of Trustees, recently met with two UPS Gap Scholars, Hoshing Kwong and Payge Woodside, on campus. Read more.


Faculty and Staff News


Dr. Lucy King retired this year. Click the photo to read about her legacy.


Dr. Raghu Echempati (left) was presented the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dedicated Service Award.


Karen Cayo was recognized as Collegiate Advisor of the Year at DECA Nationals.

More faculty and staff news ...

The IME department has a new thermoformer for its students thanks to $40,000 in grants from three organizations.
Patricia Malone and Teressa Hupfer joined our staff in September. Malone is the new Senior Director of Brand Strategy and Communications. Hupfer is the new Senior Director of Enrollment Operations.
Two Kettering professors, Dr. Jim Huggins and Dr. Daniel Ludwigsen, were selected to be readers for national AP exams in their respective subject areas.
Kettering researchers unveiled an electric scooter prototype at Harvard and MIT.
Scholarship donors were able to mingle with students whose lives they've impacted at a luncheon in May.


Student News


The Formula SAE team had its most successful season ever. Click the photo to read a guest column by team member Chaz Mancino.


Read about Alex Bush's exciting co-op as a D.O.D. contractor.


Kettering's DECA team excelled at nationals in California. Click the photo to read about how they did.

More student news ...

Artists who create murals in Thompson Hall have made the dorms into a living museum.
The Kettering Baja team had a strong showing at a competition in Tennessee.
Student Steven Shaker delivered a speech at the ACCESS ceremony in Dearborn.
Read about this year's commencement award winners.
The Kettering Aero team is poised for a bright future.


Alumni News

Kettering's amazing alumni

Kettering University alumni have accomplished truly remarkable things across a wide range of industries. This summer, we've been highlighting stories from some of our amazing alumni. Click the photos below to read some of these profiles and continue following the Kettering news website for more profiles in the coming months.


Matt Borland '94

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David Kenny '84


Gene Stefanyshyn '81


Dr. Cleamon Moorer '99


Amanda Godward '05


Md Shahnoor Amin '09


Nelson Wang '12


Mike Shirkey '78


Will Sommerville '05


Rhonda Winter '81

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Mary Barra '85

Watch Mary Barra '85's commencement address

Mary Barra '85, General Motors senior vice president, Global Product Development, encouraged June's graduating class of 201 students, to take advantage of both their education and their potential as the Millenial Generation to make the world a better place.

"There are 18 million of you in the 'Millenial Generation,'" Barra said. "You are the largest, richest and most tech savvy generation in history. But you are also the most inclusive and the most optimistic. Kettering students have an opportunity to impact the world. The practical, real-world experience that a Kettering education provides is as practical today as it was 30 years ago." Watch Barra's speech.


More alumni news ...

Raj Nair '87, vice president of global product development at Ford Motor Company, was recently featured in the Detroit Free Press.
Michael Ploof ’08 and Sarah Patterson ’10 were named Wooderow Wilson Teaching Fellows.
Gerald Johnson '65 is the new North American manufacturing VP at General Motors.
Paul Elio '95's small car startup hopes to begin production in 2014.
Walter Borst '85 was named CFO at Navistar.
Dave Langdon '65 helped Kettering restart an old GMI tradition at Homecoming.
Julie Tolley '91 was named VP and general manager at Eaton.
Todd A. Pleines '99 joined the Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione law firm.
David Linamen ‘75 leads a winning design team.
Several Kettering graduates volunteered for a speed mentoring event with the LITE program.


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