Kettering University president Bob McMahan says construction of their Mobility Research Center began last year in Flint, and will be completed in the next few months. In the meantime, researchers will be able to start working at the center of the completed portion of the site.
Robert McMahan is president of Kettering University in Flint. He spoke with Detroit Today producer Jake Neher at the auto show about the lead role his university is playing to get self-driving cars on the roadways. “The automobile has become the platform technology of the 21st Century,” says McMahan. “Automobiles aren’t just mechanical devices anymore. They are rolling computers.”
High school students in Flint, Michigan will soon be preparing to create model electric vehicles at an exciting new summer camp! Thanks to a $32,000 grant from Ford Motor Company, Kettering University was able to launch this new camp designed for 20 students in grades 9–12 to get involved in more STEAM-related projects.
This week, Kettering University President Robert McMahan is preaching the gospel of mobility through autonomous driving in a booth in the lower level of Cobo Center. The former General Motors Institute in Flint is the school General Motors built to train the best and the brightest for the automotive industry.
Flint students will have an opportunity to learn about and create model electric vehicles thanks to a partnership between Kettering University and Ford Motor Company. Ford Motor Company just granted the school $32,000 from its STEAM fund.
Changing tires and organizing tools at the racetrack from age 7, Caitlin Bunt didn’t have many women alongside her. But that didn’t deter her dreams of becoming a race engineer. “From a very young age, if this is something you want to go into, your female friends are usually not going the same direction,” Bunt said with a laugh. “You’ll need to have a lot of self-motivation, and you’re going to make a lot of guy friends along the way.”
A survey of students conducted for The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings asked students how well they feel their school is preparing them for their chosen career. In the Midwest, Kettering University got the highest marks.
Kettering University will award $22,500 in scholarships specifically for Oakland County robotics students in 2017. “Kettering University is excited to partner with the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association in awarding these new scholarships” said Bob Nichols, director of the FIRST Robotics Community Center at Kettering.
“When I watch the games on TV, that's all I look for, the helmets. I pause the game and say, ‘Hey that's Xenith, and that's a pretty cool thing to be a part of," said Xenith’s Operations Manager Jacob Kaarto. He happens to be a recent graduate of Flint’s Kettering University.
A few weeks ago, Kettering University debuted phase one in a project that’ll turn another 21 acres of Chevy in the Hole into a facility for the research and development of autonomous vehicles. Named the GM Mobility Research Center, the first phase of the project, a 3.25 acre skid pad and outdoor laboratory space, was funded with a $2 million grant from the automaker. The test pad was built to racing industry specifications and includes stadium lighting for nighttime testing.
Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, has unveiled the Kettering University GM Mobility Research Center, which has a track and outdoor lab space designed to serve as testing grounds for autonomous vehicles. The university hopes that the facility will attract new students and companies to test and perfect autonomous technology.
Kettering University unveiled this week an automotive proving grounds in a bid to lure companies and students to the Flint, MI area. The test track is on the school’s grounds, housed on land that once contained a massive General Motors’ manufacturing facility that was torn down and left abandoned.