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Oct 23

Philanthropy News – Fall 2012

The Mott Foundation presented a transformational investment in Kettering University in August.

Mott Foundation pledges $15.5 million

Strengthening Kettering University’s leadership in the field of higher education and expanding its role as a strategic partner in the region’s revitalization are the goals behind $15.5-million grantmaking initiative announced in August by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Mott’s pledge of support, which is conditioned on Kettering successfully meeting certain criteria, is the largest ever received by the University.

The Foundation intends to provide a series of grants to Kettering over three or more years. The first of those grants – for $2,006,000 – was made in May 2012. The grants will support a set of strategies designed to help Kettering:

  • grow student enrollment;
  • nurture the school’s economic impact on the Flint community;
  • communicate the University’s unique identity to a broad audience; and
  • build alumni relationships and support for the school.

“Kettering has a longstanding tradition of academic excellence, highlighted by inspired teaching that offers a blend of classroom and real-world learning,” said William S. White, president and CEO of the Mott Foundation. “Across Michigan we are seeing higher learning institutions play transformational roles, both in their home communities and throughout the entire state. These initiatives, with Mott support, will build on Kettering’s strengths and help the institution lead the way in redefining the way colleges engage with their communities and educate young people for the 21st Mott grantmaking related to Kettering has totaled $29.6 million since 1983. That funding over the years has enabled the university to improve and expand its facilities, enhance and diversify its academic curriculums, provide scholarships to underserved students, and launch outreach efforts to engage and connect with the Flint community.”

Mott grantmaking related to Kettering has totaled $29.6 million since 1983. That funding over the years has enabled the University to improve and expand its facilities, enhance and diversify its academic curriculums, provide scholarships to underserved students, and launch outreach efforts to engage and connect with the Flint community. Ways the pledge will make a difference:

  • New laboratory space for Chemical Engineering
  • A Campus Master Plan
  • A FIRST Community Center
  • Enhancement of academic programs, including a new Biology program
  • An upscale community coffee shop and dedicated campus safety space
  • Expanded programs to engage area high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields
  • Increased student enrollment, which will also strengthen Kettering’s economic contributions to the region
  • Strategies to revitalize the Flint community, including programs devoted to helping entrepreneurs and the redevelopment of properties adjacent to campus
  • Activities to strengthen Kettering’s name recognition in the U.S. and around the world
  • Activities that will increase alumni support and participation

Read more on the Mott Foundation investment.

TRW Automotive Presents Research Grant

Officials from TRW Automotive, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, were on the Kettering University campus July 20 to present a $62,000 research grant. The grant extends an ongoing relationship between Kettering University and TRW.

“TRW is looking ahead to the safety of rear occupants in frontal crashes,” said Dr. Massoud Tavakoli, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Principle Investigator for this research. “This is part of a long line of similar research done at Kettering with the support of TRW. Thanks to the dedicated work of my colleague, Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari (director of Crash Safety Center) and our great crash lab team headed by Sheryl Janca, we have a unique program in crash safety here at Kettering complete with a crash sled lab.”

TRW and Kettering University have a research relationship that dates back to the 1990s. In addition, TRW is one of the University’s top co-op employers.

“TRW is very pleased to support Kettering’s leading edge research in crash safety,” said Steve Peterson, TRW Director of Engineering, North American Region, Global Systems. “This is an excellent collaborative partnership that allows Kettering to engage its students and faculty in significant research and assists TRW in a greater understanding of protecting rear seat occupants.”

In addition to Peterson, other officials from TRW on hand to present the grant funds and tour labs in the C.S. Mott Building were Thomas Klena, Systems Manager; Paul Lange, Principal Product Engineer; and John Wilkerson, Senior Communications Manager. Peterson and Klena are both 1987 Kettering University graduates.

Officiating at the GM Foundation ceremony were Gerald Johnson ’85, Bob Dziurda ’07, President Bob McMahan, Kettering student government president Bryan Coburn and Craig Marriott ’96.

Robot presents check from GM Foundation

“Admiral” the robot rolled up to Kettering University President Robert McMahan with a special delivery  — a $110,000 check from the General Motors (GM) Foundation – during the 13th annual Kettering Kickoff FIRST Robotics competition Sept. 22.

More than 800 people cheered as President McMahan snatched the $110,000 gift from the colorful robot that was hand built by students on Team 2337 at Grand Blanc High School.  The $110,000 will be used by Kettering University to raise awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and business careers and help to recruit women and minority students.

Read more and see the video.

Yamaha President Makes Donation To SAE

Yamaha donated two motorcycles to SAE.

Henio Arcangeli ’86, President of Yamaha Motorsports Group North America and Kettering Board of Trustees member, orchestrated Yamaha’s donation of two 2012 model WR450f motorcycles to the Kettering Formula SAE team. They will be used primarily for their engines in the development of the team’s 2013 vehicle. Arcangeli did the same in 2011, donating two 2011 model bikes for the team’s 2012 vehicle. The engines eliminated a costly expenditure from the team’s budget and provided a platform upon which a more potent Formula SAE powertrain could be designed.

The team competed at the 2012 Formula SAE (MIS, Brooklyn, Mich.) and Formula North (Molson Center, Barrie, Ontario) competitions and will competing at the 2012 University of Toronto Shootout (Mosport, Bowmanville, Ontario) with their first Yamaha-powered car. 2013 team Chief Engineer William Carter has stated that the 2012 powertrain is the best he has experienced among Kettering Formula SAE cars dating back to 2006.

The Kettering SAE Collegiate Design Series competition teams owe a great thanks to Yamaha for its continued support throughout the years.

President’s Council

$25,000 Level:

  • Henio Arcangeli ’86
  • Robert H. Harder ’66
  • Lyn St. James

$10,000 Level

  • Joseph B. Anderson
  • Richard G. Bartram ’57
  • William H. Brockman ’56
  • Terrance Hopkins ’60
  • Raj Nair ’87
  • Clemens J. Nowak Sr. ’50
  • Mary Fletcher O’Neill ’87
  • Raymond E. Scott
  • Robert J. Trew ’6