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Winter 2012 Edition

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Click the image to read a news story on Kettering's new fixed-rate tuition.

Kettering approves fixed-rate tuition and eliminates academic fees beginning with academic year 2012-13

I am delighted to announce that beginning in 2012-13 Kettering University will begin offering a Fixed-Tuition Guarantee to all undergraduate students. Kettering will also eliminate all academically related fees - like the thesis fee - in this new, all-inclusive tuition structure.

In a recent article, CBS News MarketWatch reported that among the very best ways to shrink and control the cost of tuition is to attend a school with a tuition guarantee. Kettering is now the first STEM university in Michigan and one of very few in the nation to offer such a guarantee to its students.

Kettering is already a national leader in delivering a high-value and highly valued world-class engineering, science and technical education - but now we join a small but prestigious group of universities that actively help their students and families contain and manage higher education cost by offering one, consistent, all-inclusive tuition rate for full-time students.

Our fixed tuition plan now makes undergraduate student expenses predictable and it removes the guesswork and the risk of planning for future college costs - and that makes the math of budgeting for the cost of college simple. Under our guaranteed tuition plan, Kettering tuition costs will remain constant for each student making normal progress towards their degree. And there will be no surprises.

For more information on this exciting change, I invite you to read the details of the plan and to view a video that outlines the plan. Both are also linked off our homepage at

And the winner is ...

In the last newsletter to the Kettering community in December, I asked for your help in naming this newsletter. We had a great response - several dozen people submitted ideas - and I want to say first a thank you to all who made so many great suggestions.

The winner is...Laura DiFilippo of the Library with the name "Kettering Communicator." As promised ... I will be treating her to lunch for winning the contest!

Kettering on the web...

Our new website is now live! Thirty-five content managers from around the campus, led by Vice President of Instructional, Information, and Administrative Technology Viola Sprague and Jim McMillan in IT, worked tirelessly to create a site for the university that is more user-friendly, useful and appealing to students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. I hope you find it so.

Also, don't forget to regularly go to our Facebook page for current happenings on campus!

-- Bob McMahan, Kettering University President


Alumni in the News


Karenann Terrell ’86

Alum named CIO at WalMart

Karenann Terrell ’86 was named new CIO at Wal-Mart. Terrell has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Kettering.

Terrell, 50, will assume responsibility for the company's global technology systems including stores and clubs, supply chain, merchandising and enterprise platforms.

Read more about WalMart's new CIO here.


Raj Nair '87

Raj Nair ’87 named Group VP at Ford

Raj Nair ’87, recipient of the 2007 Kettering Alumni Achievement Award and a key contact at Ford for Kettering, is the new Group VP for Global Product Development at Ford Motor Company, effective April 1.

In his new role, Nair, 47, will assume direct responsibility for all aspects of Ford Motor Company’s product development system. Read the full press release here.


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a connection to Kettering through his wife, Ann. Ann Romney’s father, Edward Davies, is a Kettering alum. Click the picture for the London Daily Telegraph story.


Kettering alum Mary Barra has been a key spokesperson for General Motors and the auto industry. She recently talked with WXYZ, Detroit's ABC affiliate, during the North American International Auto Show. Click the picture for the story.


The Winter 2012 Edition of the 'Kettering Perspective' Magazine is now available online. Click the image to go to a PDF version of the magazine.

More Alunmi News Highlights

Jim Painter '73 is the new president of Polar Tank Trailers. Read more in Today's Trucking.
Carla Bailo ’83 is featured in this national car commercial for Nissan Vision, which was the category winner for non-luxury auto ads for 2011.
Frank Natoli Jr. has a new role at Diebold, Incorporated. See the press release here.
Kathy Biberstein was recently profiled as part of FierceBiotech’s 2011 Women in Biotech. Read the story here.
Don Rath was promoted to senior vice president of operations at Laser Spine Institute. Read the press release here.
Jeri Ward was recently named Director of Customer Experience for Audi. Read a profile of her from The Voice newspaper.

For more alumni news, follow the Kettering Perspective blog.


Students in the News


Kettering's hockey all-stars along with coaches Tom Kolioupoulos, Head Coach (shown on the left) and Gary Bandurski, Asst. Coach (far right). Read more about the five all-stars by clicking the photo.


Kettering ruled at the 2012 Collegiate DECA conference again, taking 12 awards while competing against some of the Midwest's biggest universities.

DECA state champs again!

Kettering University students took high honors at the 2012 Collegiate DECA's (Delta Epsilon Chi’s) State Career Development Conference in Battle Creek Feb. 3-5.

Thirteen Kettering students captured 12 awards, including two first places, two second places, one third place and seven honorable mentions. The winners and their competition categories can be viewed here.


Kettering's Clean Snowmobile team finished second in a competition at Michigan Tech. Click the photo to read more.

Clean Snowmobile team finishes second

Kettering University’s Motorsports team earned second place in the 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, March 6-10 at Michigan Technological University – and it wasn’t easy.

The team faced a number of challenges with their modified Ski-Doo sled, including an engine failure on Friday before they were scheduled to leave for the competition on Sunday, March 5, installing a new engine in the eleventh hour and an electrical failure that cost them a day’s worth of competition points on Monday.

But the team persevered and managed to place second in the internal combustion category against 11 other teams. Kettering was one of the 12 teams registered in the internal combustion category while five teams competed in the zero emissions category for battery-powered sleds. Read the full story here.

'Starry Night' wins LEGO competition


Kettering University's LEGO masterpiece won the Second Annual College Town Lego Competition Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Flint Institute of Arts. The Kettering team's interpretation of Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' took top bragging rights over Baker College, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint. Pictured (left to right): Aaron Hoffman, Kettering President Robert McMahan, Tyler Finnegan, Nikki Findlay, Racquel Lovelace and David Richelson. Click the photo to read the full story.

And Still More News...

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder spoke to engineering students, including a group of Kettering students, at the North American International Auto Show. Read the Flint Journal story here.
A group of 22 Kettering students attending the Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids were mentioned in a Grand Rapids Press article.
Kettering students won a bronze medal at the 2011 University Physics Competition.

For more student news, follow Kettering University's student life blog, Life at Kettering.


Faculty and Staff News


Dr. Ezekial Gebissa spent time in China in 2011.

Bringing China into the classroom

Dr. Ezekiel Gebissa, professor in the Department of Liberal Studies, spent the spring term of 2011 in China as an Oswald International Fellow.

“I was familiar with the broad sweep of China history and read new materials about the country before I left,” Gebissa said. “But there’s nothing like seeing firsthand. Being there and experiencing it is different from reading books or listening to media reports. My stay was a remarkable experience for me.” Read the story on Kettering's website.


Dr. Craig Hoff has been named head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Kettering University’s largest academic department, beginning Jan. 9. He replaces Dr. Joel Berry. Click the photo to read more.


Dr. Basem Alzahabi, professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been invited to serve a two-year term on the editorial board of the International Journal of Multiphysics, published quarterly by Multi-Science Publishing.


Dr. Leszek Gawarecki is again the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute to continue his work with the Kinawa Mathematics Circle at Kinawa Middle School in Okemos.


Mapping blood vessels

“Fast macro-scale transmission imaging of microvascular networks using Knife Edge Scanning Microscopy (KESM)” is the scientific way of saying the technology now exists to take high resolution photos of micro-thin slices of animal tissues and create accurate three-dimensional electronic images of them. These three-dimensional images can aid in finding treatments for cancer, immune responses and strokes.

In the Biomedical Optics Express publication of September 2011, results of the first example of this technique that can be directly applied to clinical research were published explaining the technology and its applications. Dr. Jaerock Kwon, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, wrote the software control program and image processing modules for the Knife Edge Scanning Microscopy (KESM) built in the Brain Network Lab that is directed by his former professor and research colleague Dr. Yoonsuck Choe at Texas A&M University. Read more here.


Dr. Lucy King with Richard Johnson

Kettering is certified as Robot Training Center

Kettering is now certified as a Robotic Education Robot Training Center. IME’s Dr. Lucy King put a lot of work and ongoing efforts into accomplishing the certification. Lucy worked with Kettering alumnus Richard Johnson ’77, who has been instrumental in equipping the CIM lab. See more photos here.


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