Winter 2012 What an extraordinary year it has been at Kettering. The University is growing, enrollments are strong and growing, and there are new stu

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Winter 2012

What an extraordinary year it has been at Kettering. The University is growing, enrollments are strong and growing, and there are new student and academic facilities under construction all across campus. There is energy in the air and excitement about the future of this great University.

As a capstone to a great year, on Dec. 8 we honored 213 undergraduates and 54 master’s candidates at our Winter Commencement. These graduates leave Kettering at a fascinating time, with our country and the world in need of their talents and contributions more than ever.

Finally, as we approach the end of the year, it is especially appropriate to take this opportunity to say thank you - to our alumni, to our students and their parents, to our faculty and staff, and to all who share a commitment to Kettering - for your dedication and contributions to our success.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season,

Robert K. McMahan


Winter 2012 Commencement


Kettering hosts December Commencement

Kettering University’s commencement ceremonies were Dec. 8, 2012. Here is a recap of highlights from the ceremony from social media. You can also see photos from the event on Facebook. The Flint Journal has photo coverage as well. The Flint Journal had a story recapping the festivities and photo coverage and NBC 25 also filed a report.

Video of Kettering President Dr. Robert McMahan's charge to graduates is available here. Video of student speaker Kemoy Smith's speech is available here.

Read about the commencement award winners and speakers here.


Campus News


Einstein’s Bagels coming!

The Kettering community will soon be welcoming an Einstein’s Bagels franchise and Police Mini-Station at the corner of University and Chevrolet avenues. We anticipate our new campus and community restaurant will open sometime in February. Renovation work on the facility is progressing on schedule.


Welding was what took Joseph Lombardi to Burning Man the first time, but it was recycling that has kept him going back. Lombardi returned to Burning Man for the fifth year in a row in July to set up and manage Recycle Camp at the annual one-week event.


Kettering’s Mobile Robotics Club had a chance to help the City of Flint Police Bomb Squad with one of their robots recently. From left: Adlai Milbitz, Sgt. Ronald Dixon, Lt. Collin Birnie and Detective Sgt. Devon Bernritter with the rehabilitated Bomb Squad robot.


Kettering's hockey team competed against UM-Flint on Nov. 2 for the Carburetor Cup, a traveling trophy between the two rivals. UM-Flint won the game. Proceeds benefited the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint.


Kettering is one of 153 institutions receiving the Best in the Midwest designation in The Princeton Review’s 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region. Kettering has been on the select list each year since 2004.


Bosch Big Band visited campus in October. Click the image to see a photo gallery.


Kettering B-section family day was in October. Click the image for a photo gallery.


Kettering's Black Unity Congress (BUC) had a pumpkin carving event in October. Click the image for a photo gallery.

Nine outstanding young women were honored at the 2012 Kettering University Woman of the Year Awards Dinner.
Charles 'Chaz' Mancino continues to blog about his experiences as a Kettering freshman.
Tyler Bandurski has been selected to play in a hockey All-Star series in Europe.
The many business startup possibilities at Kettering were featured by CBS Detroit.
Kettering student Ken Kaminski had a unique co-op with Detroit's professional Ultimate Frisbee team.
A group of Industrial Engineering students did their capstone project with St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw.
Utilizing an “internal cloud,” plus new and renovated labs, Kettering University’s Physics Department is engaged in active learning.



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The Advanced Power Electronics Lab (APEL) continues to be a busy hub for Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) research since the lab opened last year. Students Chenguang Jiang and Chen Duan are working on a project with FEV Inc. Click the photo to read more.


A $50,000 peer-reviewed grant from the Petroleum Research Fund will help Dr. Jonathan Wenzel, Chemical Engineering, investigate ways of producing phenol using supercritical fluids.

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DENSO North America Foundation has given Kettering University $50,000 to support Automotive and SAE Motorsports teams. Click the photo to read more.


“Admiral” the robot rolled up to Kettering University President Robert McMahan with a special delivery -- a $110,000 check from the General Motors (GM) Foundation – during the 13th annual Kettering Kickoff FIRST Robotics competition Sept. 22. Click the photo to read more.


Alumni News


Click the image to view the PDF version of the magazine.

Kettering launches new magazine

In an effort to better convey all of the amazing things happening on campus, we launched our new alumni publication, Kettering Magazine, this fall. The first issue, featuring Bob Kagle '78 on the cover, was mailed to all alumni in October. A PDF version of the magazine is available here. Kettering also launched a news website that accompanies the magazine. It will have all of the stories from each issue available and be updated multiple times every week, promoting the many notable accomplishments of alumni throughout the year. The site also features an 'Authors Page,' which allows those among Kettering's alumni who have published books to share that information with the Kettering Community.

Feedback can be sent to the magazine's editor, Patrick Hayes, at


Trustee Walter Borst '85 is on the inaugural and elite listing of The Power 100 by aiCIO magazine – the “world’s most powerful asset owners.” Borst has served for 2 1/2 years as CEO/CIO, General Motors Asset Management in New York City. Borst is #67.


Mary Barra '85, senior vice president of global product development at General Motors, was recently featured in ‘Detroit Business’ as one of eight influential female business leaders. Barra was also featured in a profile in ‘Fast Company.'

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Jacqui Dedo '84, chief strategy officer for Dana Holding Corporation, was elected chair of the board of directors of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).

Matthew Haeger '11 is the youngest Project Manager in the history of Hirotec America.
Rory Carson '12 is hoping to join the Peace Corps.
Brian Olatunji '05 and his foundation raised money for school supplies for Detroit school chidlren at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.
Five Kettering alumni have been inducted into the Co-Op Hall of Fame.
Kristina Kamensky '09 answers, 'What is the lure of this post-industrial town that is working hard to re-invent itself?'
Amanda Godward ‘05 helps homeowners and business owners save money while going green with her energy auditing firm Ecotelligent Homes.
Rebecca Junell went from Kettering to NASA.
Kettering is a family affair for many.
Michael Groesbeck '02 was a wild card player in the 2012 Kong Off competition in November.
Raymond Bierzynski '83 has been appointed Executive Vice President of SAIC-GM-Wuling.
Scott Baughman '87 and Amanda Baughman '88 brought their son to Kettering for a campus tour.
Jerry Emrick '51 visited campus with his grandson.
Read all of the class notes from the Fall 2012 edition of Kettering Magazine.
Alumni Reunion Weekend was in September. See our recap here.


Faculty and Staff News

Dr. Kevin Bai and the Advanced Power Electronics Lab were recently featured in the Flint Journal.
Kettering's Celebration of Excellence, honoring faculty, staff and students was in October. Read more about the event and see the photos.
Susan Davies, vice president of University Advancement and External Relations, recently joined the Easter Seals Board.
Monica Snyder of University Advancement has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Greater Flint Arts Council.
Dr. Petros “Pete” Gheresus of Industrial Engineering was appointed the Robert and Claire Reiss Chair of Industrial Engineering in September 2012.
Dr. Etim Ubong of Mechanical Engineering presided as the general conference chair at the 10th International ASME Fuel Cell Conference in San Diego, Calif.


Community Involvement

The good work of Dr. Leszek Gawarecki has again been recognized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute with $2,000 for his Kinawa Mathematics Circle in Okemos. The Math Circle generates excitement about math through games, stories and hands-on activities.


Elite honor for Physics

The American Physical Society (APS) named Kettering among the first in the nation for an Improving Undergraduate Physics Education Award -- a distinctive honor. The award and a plaque will be presented in April 2013 at the APS national meeting in Denver. Read more.


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