Apr 08

Kettering student’s company modernizes the lava lamp

Ion is a digital “mood” light that can be controlled from an Ion app (although it can also be controlled manually).

The latest product from a tech company co-founded by Kettering University student Billy Lindeman, has rethought a staple novelty item, the lava lamp.

Lindeman, who along with business partners Eric Barch and Eric Salem, started their business (itself called lava) in 2012 have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their newest product, Ion.

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Apr 08

Crash Safety Center makes life-saving research possible

The Q3s is an ATD (or crash test dummy) that represents a 3-year-old-child. It was developed to evaluate injuries to children in side impact crashes.

Q3s crash test dummy

Q3s crash test dummy

A new Q3s anthropomorphic test device (ATD) is the latest equipment addition that continues to make Kettering University’s Crash Safety Center one of the leading facilities in the country for vehicle safety testing and research.

The Q3s is an ATD (or crash test dummy) that represents a 3-year-old-child. It was developed to evaluate injuries to children in side impact crashes. Kettering’s Q3s is one of only four currently in use for industry testing in North America. Its use will be vital to companies attempting to conduct side impact studies in response to newly proposed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards relating to child restraint systems, which were developed in collaboration with Kettering researchers. Kettering was able to acquire its Q3s thanks to support for corporate partners Autoliv and TRW.

“We ordered our Q3s almost two years ago and just recently received it,” said Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari, Kettering University professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Crash Safety Center. “There is a great need for this in industry right now to test the new standards. Thanks to support from Autolive and TRW, Kettering has everything industry partners would need to assess their products.”

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Mar 25

Kettering’s sled brings home the gold

Competition was fierce, but Kettering University’s SAE clean snowmobile team placed first at the 2014 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge with a four-stroke gasoline engine.

Kettering University’s SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) clean snowmobile team placed first at the 2014 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge at Michigan Tech with a four-stroke gasoline engine.

“We’re ecstatic,” said team leader Matt Birt. “This is our first win at Michigan Tech, and we couldn’t be happier.”

The competition was fierce, but Kettering’s team triumphed in several award categories: the PCB Group Award for the Quietest Snowmobile; the BlueRibbon Coalition Award for the Most Practical Solution, which balances cost with noise and emissions reduction; and the Emitec Award for Best Value, which incorporates cost, fuel economy and performance. In addition, Kettering’s team took home the new MacLean-Fogg Cup, a traveling trophy sculpted and cast in bronze by Michigan artist Sergio DeGiusti.The team also placed first in Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price, first in Oral Presentation, first in the Noise event, had the best fuel economy among gasoline-powered snowmobiles, and had the lowest emissions among gasoline-powered snowmobiles.

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Visit Kettering’s SAE Clean Snowmobile Facebook page.

Mar 25

New Provost appointed

Dr. James Zhang, Dean of The Kimmel School at Western Carolina University, will become Kettering University’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost on June 1.

Kettering University has appointed Dr. James Zhang as the University’s new Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Zhang will replace Dr. Robert Simpson, who announced his retirement last year.

“Dr. Zhang is a highly productive and recognized scholar who brings to Kettering a rare combination of scholarly achievement, administrative acumen and industry experience,” said Kettering University President Dr. Robert McMahan. “Dr. Zhang will be an exceptional Provost. He is committed to Kettering’s mission, vision and values and throughout his career has been a passionate advocate for experiential education. His colleagues consistently praise his approachability, his collaborative and inclusive nature, and his ability to bring fresh approaches to challenges – all of which will make him an ideal fit at Kettering.”

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Mar 25

Kettering Professor Interviewed about Mary Barra on Bloomberg TV

Professor Mohammad Torfeh, Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently spoke on Bloomberg TV about his memories of General Motors CEO Mary Barra, a 1985 alumna.

Professor Mohammad Torfeh, Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently spoke on Bloomberg TV about his memories of General Motors CEO Mary Barra, a 1985 alumna of Kettering University. In January, Barra became the first woman to hold a CEO position with any of the major American car companies.

During the interview with Bloomberg TV, Professor Torfeh said he vividly remembers Barra focusing on her assignments and always ready to attack and solve problems. He described her as bright and hard working.

Barra was known for her collaboration in teamwork assignments, Torfeh said. “She involved everybody … to make them part of the team.” He said her leadership skills were evident even then and ensured the team assignments were done and done properly.

Professor Torfeh said it has been amazing to see Barra’s transformation from being a student, and what she learned as a student, to how she applies what she learned at the University to her role as CEO of GM.

Watch the full interview, The Education of GM CEO Mary Barra

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