Kettering University, in partnership with the Design and Manufacturing Alliance (DMA), presented a day-long conference titled “Finding the Yellow Brick Road to the Future: A Conversation on Technology and Engineering Pathways” on Friday, October 14 on the campus of Kettering University.
“This conference was an opportunity to merge and unite the goals of industry and education in order catalyze transformative improvements in each of the industries,” said Dr. Craig Hoff, Dean of the College of Engineering at Kettering University. “By working together, higher education can better prepare scientists and engineers for careers in industry the moment they step off a college campus.”
Diana Tremblay ‘82, Vice President, Global Business Services, General Motors (GM) and Vice Chair of the Kettering University Board of Trustees, gave the keynote address on the future direction of the automotive industry.
Tremblay’s 38-year GM career includes key leadership roles in labor relations and manufacturing, including positions in Luton, England and Antwerp, Belgium. As GM North America vice president of labor relations, she led the team that negotiated the 2007 UAW-GM agreement. Tremblay holds a bachelor of science in Industrial Administration from Kettering University and a master of science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The conference concluded with a tour of the FIRST Robotics Community Center at Kettering University.
“The degree of expertise and industry and educational experience at the conference was exceptional,” Hoff said. “We hope this conference was a beneficial learning and networking experience for both the audience and participants.”