Spring 2013 - Issue 5 Celebrate homecoming and Professor Reg Bell with us in May In May we will not only welcome our alumni back to campus for an ex

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Spring 2013 - Issue 5


Celebrate homecoming and Professor Reg Bell with us in May

In May we will not only welcome our alumni back to campus for an exciting Homecoming celebration, but we will also celebrate an individual central to the Kettering/GMI story, Chemistry Professor G. Reg Bell. Professor Bell has made a deep and enduring impact on literally generations of our students and has inspired too many to count to go on to accomplish extraordinary things in their careers and personal lives.

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Please help us recognize Professor Bell's remarkable passion for Kettering/GMI and for our students, past and present, by joining us in celebration of his reaching an unprecedented milestone in higher education: this spring he is teaching his 200th consecutive term. You read that right; he has taught at Kettering for an unbroken 200 terms -- or 50 years.

Are you one of his favorite students? Help us honor Reg by returning to campus May 17-19 and participating in the Reg Bell Celebration and Kettering Homecoming. You can find more information about Homecoming and about the Reg Bell celebration on Kettering's website.

Please also consider honoring Professor Bell by contributing to the G. Reg Bell Endowment that we have established to support students and research in Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry. Thanks to Thomas Plaskett '66, Joe Spielman '68, Dane Miller '69, Bob '78 and Marissa Kagle, Curt '78 and Judy Wozniak and Eric and Marissa Peterson '83, every dollar committed to the endowment by June 30 will be matched 100 percent, up to $1.5 million. More information on this and on ways to share your favorite Professor Bell stories with him and your classmates may also be found on the Reg Bell celebration webpage. We look forward to seeing you and many familiar faces back on campus for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

In the meantime, read on to discover just a few of the many amazing things that are happening in the Kettering community and to our alumni, students, faculty, staff - and remember that between issues of the Kettering Communicator you can always find the latest Kettering University News on our website or at KetteringUniversity on Facebook.

It truly is an extraordinary time at Kettering University. Please join us on campus in May and have a wonderful spring.

Warmest Regards,

President Robert K. McMahan


KUSARA is the latest transformational project at Kettering University

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Kettering University unveiled plans to construct an automotive testing facility on its campus at an event at the Detroit Athletic Club April 17 during the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) week in Detroit (see a photo gallery from the event on Facebook). The Kettering University Student Automotive Research Area – KUSARA – will be built on ‘Chevy in the Hole’ property at the corner of Chevrolet Avenue and Bluff Street.

Not only will the project further Kettering University’s commitment to providing world class experiential-based, hands-on educational opportunities for its students, it will also advance the University’s mission of beautifying the University Corridor area – land that extends from University Avenue to the banks of the Flint River, connecting Kettering University to downtown Flint.

“As visitors arrive to our campus from the new I-69 Kettering Connector route, on the left on Chevrolet Avenue they will see our beautiful campus and on the right in what used to be distressed industrial land, they will see a state-of-the-art educational testing facility for our students that is unlike any of its kind in the country,” said Kettering University President Robert K. McMahan.

The University is currently in a fundraising campaign to raise $3 million to construct the facility. KUSARA will be completed within two years once funding is secured.

KUSARA is one of several exciting current projects that will transform Kettering University's campus. Below are three others recently completed or nearing completion:


Work has begun to turn B.J.’s and the Student Commuter Lounge on the first floor of the Campus Center into an inviting and technology-rich social venue at Kettering University. The new space is expected to be unveiled in late May. Click the photo to read more.


Kettering University has received a $125,000 donation from the Lear Corporation to upgrade existing closed circuit television (CCT) surveillance on campus with the Avigilon System, a high definition network video management solution, as part of its continuing commitment to safety on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood. Click the photo to read more.

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Kettering University celebrated during the University Corner Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony March 22. A festive campus and community gathering officially opened the Einstein Bros. Bagels and Flint Police Service Center. Click the photo to read more.


Student News


The Kettering University Aero Design Team recently competed in the SAE Aero West competition in California. The team successfully completed one flight round lifting a payload fraction of .2345 (with the winning team lifting over .87) in the team's first year of Micro Class. Click the photo for more on the team.


Kettering’s Engineers Without Borders B-Section (EWB-B) Chapter headed back to the South African village of Vukuzenzele in January 2013 to continue their work bringing clean water to the village. Tom Pawlicki is pictured. Click the photo for more.


The Kettering University SAE Clean Snowmobile team took second place in the Internal Combustion category for the second year in a row at the 2013 Clean Snowmobile Challenge March 4-9 at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. Click the photo to read more.


Headlines ...

The Kettering University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) received the Regional Chapter of the Year award and the Best Chant award at the NSBE National Convention in Indianapolis March 27-31.
Hour Detroit Magazine recently did a story about women in STEM fields and quoted Kettering University student Elizabeth McLean.
A Kettering Entrepreneur Society-backed student business is thriving.
Kettering University's Chemical Engineering Club visited BASF in Wyandotte, Mich.
Kettering University once again won the College Town LEGO competition in Flint with a rendition of Munch's 'The Scream.'
The Kettnetic Thunder Ultimate Frisbee team continues its rapid growth.
Kettering University's DECA team won the state championship for the second consecutive year.
Student Andrew Sierra spoke at Gov. Rick Snyder's economic summit.
The Kettering chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (the CS Honor Society) held its eighteenth induction ceremonies in February, inducting Zachary Basanese, Alison Chan and Danny Peterson.


Faculty and Staff News


Dr. Bahram Roughani (left) accepted the American Physical Society Award for Improving Undergraduate Education April 13 from Dr. Paul Cottle of APS. Click the photo to read more.


Dr. Bassem Ramadan (left, pictured with Dr. Raghu Echempati) has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The Fellow Grade is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME. Click the photo to read more.

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Dr. Mehrdad Zadeh recently discussed haptics and its medical impact with NPR. Click the photo to read more.

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Vitale honored by SWE-Detroit

Eve Vitale, director of philanthropy - corporate and foundation relations, has received the Key Contributor Award from the Society of Women Engineers, Detroit Section. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to SWE-Detroit.

Among her contributions to SWE-Detroit, Vitale expanded locations and outreach for networking lunches, organized the society's first CAbi fundraising event and helped secure Nissan as a host sponsor for the professional development conference.

"Eve has great enthusiasm and makes everyone feel welcome to the events she attends and hosts," said SWE-Detroit President Stacy Lueneburg.


Headlines ...

Dr. Craig Hoff of Mechanical Engineering discussed the Chevy Volt engine with MLive.com.
Dr. Kevin Bai of ECE talked with ABC 12 about electric vehicle batteries and research he's doing on the subject at Kettering University.
Dr. Petros “Pete” Gheresus was appointed to the Robert and Claire Reiss Chair of Industrial Engineering
Thanks to a donation totaling approximately $10,000 worth of equipment and hardware, students in Kettering University’s ergonomics class now have a replica of a Chrysler 200 steering column
Dr. Ilya Kudish has developed a dual approach to modeling the problem of lubrication in rolling contact fatigue in machines.
Kettering University is collaborating with Intech Energy Storage Corporation (IESC) of Toronto, Canada, to test the critical characteristics of, and experimentally fabricate, a newly designed aluminum-based battery that is more versatile, has a longer shelf life and is made of environmentally friendly, non-toxic, low cost components.
Dr. Ronald Kumon is seeking a better way to diagnose between chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer using endoscopic ultrasound.
Monica Snyder has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Greater Flint Arts Council.


Alumni News


Faculty Partner with Alumna to Create Innovative Physician Scribe Program

Kettering University's pre-med program has launched an innovative Scribes program, allowing pre-med students to co-op with physicians at Hurley Medical Center. Physician Scribes, or medical scribes, provide technical support and training for medical professionals using the new EMR system. Their role is to enter the details of the patient encounter into the hospital’s records system, freeing up the physician’s time to focus on the patient. Their work is done on bedside computers and portable computers. The program was a collaborative effort between Hurley CEO Melany Gavulic '91 and Kettering University faculty Dr. Stacey Seeley and Dr. Pat Atkinson.

Read more about the Scribe program and see Dr. Seeley and Dr. Atkinson discussing it on an episode of ABC 12 Newsmaker.


Austin Lawrence (left) and Brian Falther '10 were featured in The New York Times.

Alumnus and student startup featured in NYT

The New York Times featured Future Tech Farm, a startup by Brian Falther '10 and current Kettering University student Austin Lawrence, in a recent story about how gadgets and technology can help the gardening and farming industries.

Read more about Future Tech Farm.


Headlines ...

Trustee Jane Boon ’90 offered personal commentary in the New York Observer about Venezuela.
Raj Nair ’87, vice president of engineering for Global Product Development for Ford Motor Company, will lead Ford into a joint venture to develop fuel cell cars.
Avelaino McGibbon '83 mentors high school students in an international pre-college engineering competition in his native Bahamas.
Mary Barra ’85 was recently featured in Automotive News Europe.
Helen Zak ’93 has been named the president and COO of Healthcare Value Leaders Network.
Justin Schnabelrauch '09 is working on software to make the results of crash tests even more useful. He and Kettering University student Ana Toumbalian won an award from SAE International for the research.
Brian Falther '09 is Kettering University's first 'Upstart.'
Shar Puskala ’01 was the project manager for a team that developed disposable laparoscopic scissors that are compatible with a newly launched take-apart instrument line at CareFusion.
Navistar named Troy A. Clarke '78 as its president and chief executive officer.
Joe Engle '08 put his innovation skills to work and has invented a product called Rain Case, which allows flat-screen televisions to move outdoors.
Mike White ’90, General Motors director of workplace safety, was recently featured in the company’s ‘Faces of GM’ series.
Richard M. Donnelly ’66 has joined the Board of Directors of Oshkosh Truck Corporation.
Ted Christiansen ’93 was recently named president of IntelliServ.


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