2017 Year in Review: Kettering University Student News

Kettering students gave back to their communities, earned scholarships and continued to excel in their education in 2017.

Here’s a summary of what our students have accomplished this year:

Chelsea Reeves ‘18 is applying her Industrial Engineering studies to serving her community. She started a co-op at Communities First, Inc., a nonprofit community development corporation in Flint after volunteering there and is now helping to build Flint through economic development and affordable housing. Read more.

Chelsea Reeves is helping to build Flint through economic development and affordable housing.

Jordan Howell ‘21 was one of 12 students worldwide who received the Milliman Opportunity Scholarship award, which he plans to use to help him become an actuary and return to his home country of Jamaica, where the profession is in demand. Read more.

Yu Wang ‘17 moved from China to Flint because of his desire to study Mechanical Engineering, and has found the car culture of the United States to his liking. Read more.

Sam Daleo ‘17 combined his love for the outdoors with his love of computer engineering at a co-op at Tesla in California. At Tesla, Daleo is part of a team that’s looking out for the future of our planet. Read more.

Making duck bills and cat wheelchairs with a 3D printer, Cierra Haley ‘22 found a special outlet for her interest in design and engineering. The Mechanical Engineering major spent her co-op at C3 Ventures in Flint and discovered a fun environment dedicated to giving back. Read more.

Sam Daleo ‘17 took advantage of Kettering’s study abroad opportunity to live in Germany for three months, an experience that showed him new cultures and new viewpoints. People can work together regardless of differences, he says. Read more.

Jack Miller ‘20 always knew he wanted to be an engineer, and the co-op experience at Kettering University allowed him to get a better understanding of what that really means. Miller was given hands-on experiences throughout his time at Kettering that allowed him to explore his passion. Read more.

Sean Catt ‘17 earned the 2017 Outstanding Thesis Award for combining two Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. He solve two unique packaging problems for his co-op employer Asahi Kasei Plastics in Fowlerville, Michigan. Read more.

Tyler Bylsma ‘17 broke his wrist and needed surgery in high school, an experience that led him to study biomedical sciences. He created a prosthetic hand during his independent study course at Kettering. Read more.

Students work in the acoustics lab.

Alyssa Garcia ‘21 chose to come to Kettering to study engineering after participating in LEGO League and FIRST Robotics in high school. Her work in the program earned her a scholarship to Kettering. Read more.

Lee Luckhardt ‘18 attended GAMA’s build-a-plane competition and discovered he wanted to go into the aerospace industry. He’s double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics to prepare him for the career. Read more.

Darwin King ‘17 served in the U.S. Navy after high school, and then chose to study mechanical engineering at Kettering. His studies and co-op were outside his comfort zone at first, but he came to enjoy the work and plans to get a master’s degree. Read more.

After serving in the U.S. Army for 10 years, Brad Herd ‘19 chose to attend Kettering to study and train in Industrial Engineering. Close to home and hands-on, Kettering was exactly what he was looking for. Read more.

Four Kettering students built a drone designed to ensure safety of community structures such as bridges, dams and wind turbines. The drone has a pair of high speed cameras that can capture up to 160 frames per second in order to detect displacement, strain or defects in the structures. Read more.

A 1963 Kettering graduate inherited his grandfather’s blacksmith tools and donated a forge, vice and about 20 other tools to the university’s new Blacksmith Club. The profession was key in creating new metalworking technology through the centuries. Read more.

A group of Kettering students is working with surgeons, hospital technicians, administrators and hospital staff at Hurley Medical Center to make operating rooms more efficient. Read more.

A group of pre-med students at Kettering got a jumpstart on their medical education when they participated in a workshop at the Covenant HealthCare Simulation Center at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine in Saginaw. They learned how to intubate, check vitals and airways and perform CPR on a simulated patient. Read more.

Brennen Proudfit ‘20 wrote about creating a sculpture out of parts from an engine to represent his work and studies as an engineer. Read more.

Cole Shoemaker ‘20 writes about his co-op experience at Dicastal North America in Greenville, Michigan. Read more.

Three Kettering students attended the University Innovation Fellows program at Stanford University, a program that teaches more than 200 students from around the world innovation techniques and empower participants to implement those methodologies in their respective schools. Read more.

Kettering University’s Formula SAE team finished 20th out of 120 teams at the 2017 Formula SAE competition at the Michigan International Speedway, redeeming the team after a tough year in 2016. Read more.

Kettering’s Formula SAE team competed at the 2017 competition in Nebraska, and despite a mishap, performed well in several categories including Design, Presentation, Cost, Acceleration, SkidPad and Autocross. Read more.

Kettering's Formula SAE team competes.

Kettering University’s Shell Eco-marathon team, Electric Bulldog, competed in its first Americas competition in Detroit in April 2017 and finished in 11 out of 27 teams in the battery electric powertrain category. Read more.

A record number of Kettering students participated at the 2017 Michigan Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference. The team earned five first place awards, three second place awards and 18 third place awards. Read more.

More than a dozen Kettering University DECA students won medals at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California. Kettering brought 24 students to the conference, more than any other Michigan school. Read more.

Mitchell Shepherd, President of Kettering University Model United Nations team, writes about the team’s trip to Harvard's National Model United Nations conference in January 2017. Read more.

Kettering’s Model United Nations team earned the the Outstanding Delegate Award for exceptional representation of Egypt at the annual American Model United Nations International Conference. Read more.