2017 Year in Review: Kettering University Alumni News

Four Kettering University graduates made MotorTrend's 2018 Power List, a 2012 Kettering graduate made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for her work on the Chevrolet Cruze at General Motors, while two other alumni were chosen for Ford Motor Company's Thirty Under 30 program to get involved and make a difference in their communities

Read about what alumni have accomplished in 2017 and what they shared about their experience at Kettering:

Four Kettering graduates, including General Motors CEO Mary Barra '85, made MotorTrend's 2018 Power List. The magazine also named Barra 2018 Person of the Year. Read more.

Kayla McDonell ‘12 landed on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for her work on the Chevrolet Cruze at GM. Read more.

Andrew Steinman ‘15 and Chris Craft ‘11 were chosen for Ford’s Thirty Under 30 program, a corporate leadership course created to empower young employees to work with and learn about philanthropic organizations. Both are helping with food pantries in Metro Detroit. Read more.

Mike Riggs ‘76 surprised students attending a Student Alumni Council presentation by giving them $1,000 scholarships—a total of $131,000. Read more.

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Don Ableson ’59, a former Society of Automotive Engineer International president, gave $10,000 to Kettering’s SAE teams in support of the organization’s hands-on approach to teaching. The Ablesons also were the first donors to Kettering’s Mobility Research Center. Read more.

At Kettering, Dr. Aaron Kyle ‘02 was inspired by his professors and decided to become one himself. This year, he earned the Columbia University’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. Read more.

Kayla Cooley ‘12 received prestigious National Science Foundation fellowship to support STEM research about microscopy of electronic materials. There we more than 13,000 applications for 2,000 awards. Read more.

The Kettering University Alumni Association honored nine alumni for successes in their careers, entrepreneurship, community service, philanthropy and other endeavors during the 2017 Alumni Awards Ceremony. Read more.

Sam Hoff ‘90 learned how to be tough and learn quickly at Kettering, a skill that helped him co-found a business called Patti Engineering in Auburn Hills. Read more.

Kevin Kirbitz ‘84 has been on a on a lifelong pursuit to learn the history of Flint, and landed a job Operations Manager for the Durant-Dort Factory One, which also includes the Kettering University Archives. Read more.

Persevering through difficult times, Candayshia Lloyd ‘17 found the structure and discipline at Kettering what she needed to succeed. Now, she’s pursuing a master's’ degree.  Read more.

Laron Burrows ‘17 encouraged his fellow graduates to use their skills and knowledge to make the world a better place at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Read more.

Micheal Thomas ‘17, a native of Jamaica, took advantage of the Academically Interested Minds program at Kettering, graduated from the university and is attending medical school at UCLA. Read more.

Omar Dahroug ‘00 took his skills and experience to Google, where he’s work on Google Street View, Google Fiber and Google Station. His thesis at Kettering, which involved developing and writing software,  helped prepare him for the job. Read more.

Omar Dahroug

Dr. Kristin Warren ‘11 made history in 2016 when she became the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Read more.

After studying Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Kettering, Dave Anderson ‘93 moved into the medical industry and found his passion there. Read more.

Chrystal Harris ‘06 is putting her Kettering management degree to use as a nurse providing enhanced care to children in public schools after the Flint Water Crisis. She works with families to make sure students get what they need to be healthy and stay on pace in school. Read more.

The CFO of GM, Chuck Stevens ‘83, says his education at Kettering and his co-op at GM Buick Motor Division in Flint were the foundation of his successful career. He leads the company’s global financial and accounting operations. Read more.

Kirsten Billhardt ‘96 learned how to work hard at Kettering, which led her to become the Marketing Director for the Internet of Things for Dell. Her background helped her change careers from industrial engineering to technology. Read more.

Living away from his East Coast home to attend Kettering, Byron Green ‘86 grew up fast and learned perseverance and collaboration. Those lessons helped him earn the job of Vice President of Manufacturing for the North American Region at Whirlpool Corporation. Read more.

Cars have been a big part of the life of John Perkins ‘64. His father was an engineer, and Perkins followed in his footsteps as a product designer. An exhibit at Kettering’s Humanities Art Center showed the renderings Perkins drew of GM vehicles. Read more.

Larry Burns ‘75 is part of the charge in autonomous and connected vehicles. He serves as a consultant to several firms, including Google’s self-driving car project. Read more.

Ross Bosn ‘09 and Keely Bosn ‘10 joined the U.S. Marine Corps. and the U.S. Navy, respectively, after graduating from Kettering. Now, they are taking their skills and talents to apply the to engineering. Read more.

John Holliday '04 writes about his transition from engineering to creative writing and philosophy. Read more.