First Edition - Fall 2011 Welcome! Thank you for the impact you have every day, the support you provide to our students, the investment of your time

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First Edition - Fall 2011


Thank you for the impact you have every day, the support you provide to our students, the investment of your time and energy to improve our programs and campus and, for all the unsung but valued contributions that you make to our community everyday. I hope this new e-newsletter, KU Connect, which will be published at irregular intervals over the year, will help bring to light the many people who make a difference in the Kettering community. Happy Holidays!

President Bob McMahan

What's in a Name?

By the way, the name "KU Connect" is temporary - I would like you to help us name it. If you have a more inspired idea for the name of this campus Newsletter let us know. Please submit your suggestions to Pat Mroczek at in University Communications. If yours is selected and we end up changing the name you will receive widespread notoriety in these pages, and I will take you to lunch.


Fall Commencement Weekend


Kettering graduates file in for commencement Dec. 10. Click the image to see more of Kettering's commencement photo gallery.


Zach Miller shows off his customized cap. Click the photo for more images.


Several students received awards prior to commencement. Click the photo for more honors breakfast photos.

Congratulations graduates!

President Robert McMahan presided at his first Kettering graduation during the colorful celebration of December Commencement Dec. 10. A large crowd gathered inside the Recreation Center to hear Commencement addresses by Trustee Henio Arcangeli ‘86, President of Motorsports Group Company, Yamaha Motor Corp. and undergraduate student speaker Jozsef Benyi from Durban, South Africa.

Outstanding Thesis Awards were presented to Andrea Matuska for “Development of Functional in Vitro Assays to Determine the Anti-Inflammatory Effects of an Autologous Solution Prepared from Whole Blood” and Mori Yatsui for “Optimization of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle State-of-Charge Detection with Integrated Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage System.”

President’s Medals were awarded to Victoria Hills, Andrea Matuska, Dan Van Cura and Mori Yatsui. Sobey Scholar Awards went to Aaron Robert TenHuisen, Victoria Hills, and Margaret Ellen Walch. Leaders Fellow Awards went to Chelsey Elizabeth Crabtree, Scott James Price, Tyler Bradford Scott and Rachel Ann Wood.

Kettering's Facebook page has photo galleries of commencement and the honors breakfast that preceded the ceremony. The Flint Journal covered commencement and posted a photo gallery. Read Kettering's story on commencement here.


Student News


Students used nitrogen to make ice cream in the Great Court Dec. 12. Click the photo to see a gallery.


A group of Kettering students completed their senior capstone projects by applying industrial engineering principles to problems encountered in Genesee County's Probate Court. Click the photo to read the story.


Linda Hunt

Student honored for acoustics research

Applied Physics major Linda Hunt received one of four Undergraduate Research Exposition Awards at the 162nd meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in San Diego, Oct. 31 - Nov. 4. Her poster, 3aED5: Vibrational assessment of ice hockey sticks, summarized her research in the acoustics lab and as a co-op student for the hockey division of Warrior Sports, Inc. Linda measured vibration properties of several wood and composite goalie sticks and compared their vibrational mode shapes, frequencies and damping characteristics. Read more.

EWB gets $17,000 grant from Boeing

Kettering’s Engineers Without Borders chapter will receive $17,000 from Boeing for its South African water project. The grant will allow EWB’s student and staff members to return to the South African village of Vukuzenzele in 2012 to install a centrally located hand pump well and continue its work introducing biosand filters and roof washer systems into the community. More than 100 grant applications were received by Boeing during its recent grant cycle.


Devin Hauersperger plugs her iPod into one of her audio suitcase creations. Click the image to read the story.

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Nathan Ply, a senior Business Administration major, is currently doing study abroad in Europe. Nathan is contributing guest blog posts for the Life at Kettering blog. Find all seven of Nathan's posts by clicking the photo.

ECE student earns $2,000 award

Student Matthew Jokerst is a 2011-2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Scholar and has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship. The program recognizes undergraduates in Electrical and Computer Engineering who are high achievers academically and in extracurricular activities, and are committed to exploring careers in the power and energy field.

Student is National Black Belt Champion in Tang Soo Do

Andrew Sierra of Flint is the National Black Belt Champion in Tang Soo Do. The Electrical Engineering major recently had an opportunity to speak in front of 4,000 people at a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) conference in California. When he’s not busy with SHPE or his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, he goes to his dream co-op job - working on electrical systems in Jaguars for Magna Electronics. He wants a job in technical sales and has an interest in real estate.

Kettering team places 10th in MATH Challenge

Two teams of students fared well during this year’s Michigan Autumn Take Home (MATH) Challenge. Dr. Daniela Szatmari-Voicu prepared and supervised Kettering’s participants in the contest against 64 other teams. Math Department Head Dr. Leszek Gawarecki said the campus should be proud of their accomplishments. One team placed 10th and will be featured on the MATH Challenge website in the near future. The second team finished close to the top 10 during the annual contest.


Faculty News


Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed. Click the photo to read more.

Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed named SAE Fellow

ME Professor Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed is one of 19 engineers and scientists from industry and academia named a prestigious SAE Fellow. He will be honored during the SAE 2012 World Congress Awards Ceremony, April 24-26 in Detroit. “Being named an SAE fellow is a gratifying validation of my research and my work in the engineering profession. Having one’s peers select you is such an honor and makes it all worthwhile,” Dr. El-Sayed said. SAE Fellowship status is the highest grade of membership bestowed by SAE International. Read more.


Dr. Doug Melton

Audio Tourister auction raises $1,600 for Goodwill

Dr. Doug Melton’s B-Section Electrical Engineering Senior Design Capstone Project brought a loud and lively auction to the Great Court on Dec. 9 to benefit Goodwill Industries of Michigan. Auction proceeds from “Audio Tourister” raised more than $1,600. Dr. Melton’s students. See photos on Facebook. The Flint Journal provided video coverage of the event.


Dr. Greg Davis

Kettering selected for LaCrosse Hybrid review

ME's Dr. Greg Davis and students Bryce Thompson and Kyle Boyd evaluated the Buick LaCrosse Hybrid for ABC 12 recently. The car's lithium ion battery adds 25 percent to mileage but makes the trunk tiny. See the video story.


Dr. Basem Alzahabi (left) and Dr. Srinivas Chakravarthy (right).

Presentations and Publications

Dr. Basem Alzahabi presented the keynote address in Barcelona, Spain, Dec. 15-16 at Multiphysics 2011, hosted by the International Society of Multiphysics. He talked about “Multiphysics in Automotive Engineering,” Dr. Alzahabi is associate department head of Mechanical Engineering and acting director of Kettering’s International Office. Also: IME Professor Dr. Srinivas Chakravarthy served as a guest editor of a special edition volume of the Journal of Stochastic Models. The publication is in recognition of his scholarly reputation.


Campus News

SV Working Group First Meeting

December 14 organizational meeting of all groups.

Update on Strategic Visioning

After the strong Strategic Visioning Kick-Off event on October 27 with over 200 in attendance, the Planning and Assessment Committee Steering Committee (PAC-SC) launched a Strategic Visioning website on November 1.

The PAC-SC then collected and synthesized the feedback from the event participants and from the website into the themes for the Working Groups. A call for volunteers went out to the campus on November 23 and many individuals answered the call. On December 2, the PAC-SC met to form the membership of each of five Working Groups and selected two Co-Chairs for each. Each Working Group will have a PAC-SC liaison for coordination. The Working Group Co-Chairs participated in a two hour training on December 14 and the first organizational meetings of all groups were held directly after this. Dr. McMahan addressed everyone to thank them for the work that they were about to undertake and provide insight as to how important this is to Kettering’s future direction. The Working Groups have a deadline of early February to complete their work and will be engaging the campus for input. To follow the progress, please see the Kettering University Strategic Visioning Website at the following link.

Welcome Trustee Moyer

The Board of Trustees welcomed new member John W. Moyer at its December meeting. John is President and COO of Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, located in suburban Detroit. Asahi Kasei Plastics is a leading custom compounder of advanced engineered polymers supplying the automotive, alternative energy, water, furniture, consumer goods and construction markets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

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The Innovation Center at Kettering University

Innovation Center wins award

The Innovation Center at Kettering University won a Design Excellence award from the American Institute of Architects. Here were the jury comments on the building, which was designed by SHW Group: “The design team demonstrated restraint and achieved richness and interest. The palette feels just right especially the insertion of wood slats at the entry desk creating a welcoming presence where needed most. The overall light quality is consistent and very comfortable from space to space. Lab spaces are well designed before fitting out as well as after—a good indication of thoughtfulness and through design execution. The massing works well—and are one of purposeful complexity that is interesting from indoors and out.”


A new hallway will soon be constructed through this wall in the Academic Building.

From wall to hall

The Academic Building is getting a new hallway. Construction will begin soon to convert a portion of the Physics 2 studio classroom into a new hallway, allowing better traffic flow for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Construction will slice through the cinderblock wall just beyond the bulletin board. ECE’s new hall portal will be located left of the ramp in the AB.

Changes to Campus Security

The Academic Building and the Mott Center are now accessible only by ID card key at all times (this includes the tunnel door). Students, faculty, and staff should carry their ID cards as they travel throughout campus to ensure access to all buildings. Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear their ID cards in a visible location, to enable our students to easily identify university personnel. Students are also encouraged to wear their ID cards visibly when on campus.


Alumni News and Alumni in the News


2009 Kettering University alum Alex Smith, 25, doing testing with a group of engineers from Flux Power in San Diego while helping develop the world's first all electric sport boat, Epic Boats 232. The boat is expected to be out in coming months. Click the photo to read a story about Smith.

Alex Smith ‘09 helped design the first all-electric boat and is now working on the first all-electric motorcycle. See the story in the Flint Journal.
Trustee Mary Barra ’85 knocks down barriers at GM.
Alex Hicks ’08 found success at Chrysler.
Jeri Ward ’95 was appointed the first Director of Customer Experience at Audi of America.
Henry Juszkiewicz ‘76 in The Wall Street Journal.
Don Butler ‘86 heads up marketing for Cadillac.
Keith Allman ’85 is new Group President at Masco Corp.
Kathryn Biberstein ’82 is among FierceBioTech’s Women of Year.


Stay Connected!

Community Events

January 16: Dog Days Snow Fest, 10:45 AM - 2:15 p.m.
February 3: Heart Fest and National Wear Red Day
February 25: Admitted Student Programs
March 10: Admitted Student Programs

Local Alumni Events

January 28: 6th Annual Alumni Snowfest Breakfast, 9:30 AM, Zehnder's of Frankemuth
February 10: SE MI Comedy Club Event, Location:TBD
March 3: Plymouth Whalers Hockey Game, Compuwear Arena, Plymouth

Special Events

Dec. 17: Holiday Pops Concert, featuring Diane Alderson, 7 p.m., The Whiting in Flint
Dec. 18: Holiday Pops Concert, featuring Diane Alderson, 3 p.m., The Whiting in Flint
January 07: First Robotics Season Kick Off Broadcast, McKinnon Theater
Jan. 14-21: Kettering visits North American International Car Show, Detroit
March 2-3: First Robotics District Competition at KU Recreation Center
March 16-19: Flint Science Fair, International Room
April 8-9: Michigan Science and Engineering Fair, International Room

Kettering Office of Alumni Relations
1700 University Avenue
Flint, MI 48504

Kettering Office of Communications
1700 University Avenue
Flint, MI 48504
(810) 762-9533

Save the Dates: April 19-21, 2012 for A Celebration of Kettering

The Kettering University Board of Trustees has a special invitation for the Kettering Community. Click here for your invitation. More details in the New Year!


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