Kettering University graduate Brian Falther and current student Austin Lawrence recently had their startup, Future Tech Farm, featured in an article in The New York Times: Enter Future Tech Farms, the high-tech gardening brainchild of Brian Falther and his business partner, Austin Lawrence. The two mechanical engineers are trying to develop a network of indoor gardening …View full post
Free City is a large-scale, open-air public art festival that will take place May 3 – 5 at a former Chevrolet manufacturing site known as Chevy-in-the-Hole. More than 75 artists and organizations from around the world will offer free art installations, video projections, music, dance, and theater performances, and hands-on arts workshops. Visitors to the festival will also …View full post
Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post by Kettering freshman Charles ‘Chaz’ Mancino. Chaz, who is from Fredonia, NY, and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering, will occasionally post his thoughts about his freshman year experiences on Life at Kettering. If you’d like to write a guest blog post, e-mail phayes(at)kettering(dot)edu. Chaz’s other posts: Post 1 | Post 2 | Post …View full post
This is a guest blog post from Petty Ishak-Bernard, a recent Kettering University graduate, reflecting on completing her degree at age 49. Certainly, I am not the first Kettering University student who earned a degree at age 49, and most definitely will not be the last. But as I walked toward the stage on June …View full post
The Kettering University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) received the Regional Chapter of the Year award and the Best Chant award at the NSBE National Convention in Indianapolis March 27-31. Read more on NSBE and the convention.View full post
Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post by Kettering freshman Charles ‘Chaz’ Mancino. Chaz, who is from Fredonia, NY, and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering, will occasionally post his thoughts about his freshman year experiences on Life at Kettering. If you’d like to write a guest blog post, e-mail phayes(at)kettering(dot)edu. Chaz’s other posts: Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 7 | Post 8 | Post 9
An orchestra of alarms sounds off a symphony in order to wake the slumbering grizzly bear. After a few minutes of blasting noise, a hand reaches up, bats swiftly around, and hits the big red button to turn off the sound system. A mass moves around in the cave created by sheets of cloth. Legs appear from the bottom of the sheets, swinging viciously to find the floor beneath them. Grumpily, the mass emerges from the cave. Its hair resembles that of Bigfoot’s as it stumbles across the room to find some food. After walking around for a few minutes, the door opens, and the bear walks out into the cold morning. The wind blows around the bear’s face, instantly awaking him up. Slumping into his car, the bear fires up the engine and heads about his way.
Maybe the real working world is not as bad as a tamed bear waking up and driving to work in the morning. Getting up in the morning is still a hard task to accomplish, but, after that, working life is more fun than it seems. When working for a company that is involved with the automotive industry, one can only hope to play with actual prototype vehicles. What may seem like a dream becomes a reality with the co-op program. Instrumenting, testing, collecting data, taking off instruments. Go home. Sleep. Wake up. Come back and do the same thing. Everyday. Perhaps on a different vehicle.
However, there are some bad parts about fending for oneself. Buying food, gas and paying for rent. All while trying to save for college and for extras like new car parts. That list does not include the obvious: preparing food, washing dishes, and, the most dreaded thing to all young adults, waking up in the early morning to get ready for the day. No more sleeping in or staying up late. It could be worse. One could be a bear trying to adjust to human life.
Of course, there are plenty of activities to do outside of work as well. After getting home to an apartment or house after a long day at work, there are many things one can do to burn up the rest of the daylight left in a day. Working out, hanging out with friends, playing videogames, or even building a racecar. Then there are the weekends, which are unburdened by homework and studying. Time to relax and sleep. Time to recuperate and prepare for another week of building, instrumenting, and testing. Like everything, the fun has just begun, and every Monday starts a new adventure of learning while working.
For my second work term, I still work at Tenneco in Grass Lake, Mich. Last work term, I was a part of the Caterpillar group. This work term, I am a part of the Product Validation Engineering (PVE) group. In other words, I get to instrument, gage, and test the exhaust systems of different vehicles. By “test,” I mean that I have the opportunity to travel to proving grounds and collect data on exhaust systems in order to determine how much strain they go through while on different vehicles being driven around the bends and curves of the roads there. It also means that I can help set up an exhaust system on one of Tenneco’s many rigs in order to evaluate what happens to it throughout its lifetime on a vehicle. In addition, I have the opportunity to place gages on the different exhaust parts that are about to be tested. This is pretty cool stuff because I can learn about things like probability and vehicle fatigue, both of which will help me better understand concepts while I am on school term. These concepts can be applied to both the classroom and the SAE garage, where it is almost time for the formula team to unleash our four-wheeled gem of a race car to the world. That is right. It is almost time for oil to run through my veins more than ever with our competitions coming up. Two in May. One in June. One great opportunity for anyone attending Kettering University to get his or her hands dirty.
Life is hard for a young adult to make the transformation from a full-time college student to a full-time employee doing 40-hour workweeks. The hardest part may be the transformation of being a semi-nocturnal creature to a morning creature resembling a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed squirrel that has drank enough coffee to fill the Pacific Ocean. Getting up early in the morning, eating breakfast, paying for food, gas, rent, and school. All while trying to maintain a social life. The days of playgrounds and hide-and-go-seek may be well past my lifetime, but now I get to do something as a college student that some people may never do: play with prototypes. An added bonus is that one actually learns while on work term, making an educational quilt that is sewn together by knowledge from both school and work terms. That makes life much easier than a bear trying to adjust to human life.
Due to technical difficulties experienced on April 18th, Huseyin Hiziroglu from the ECE Department, will present “Electrical Breakdown of Dielectric Materials” in its entirety on Tuesday, April 30th at 12:25pm in 2-225 AB.
“Dielectric materials have found a wide variety of applications including isolating different electric potentials, laboratory studies of plasmas, semiconductor manufacturing and capacitors for storing electrical energy. One of the most important properties of a dielectric material is its electric breakdown strength in order to achieve the objectives of a certain application. In this seminar some of our experimental setups and observations along with our theoretical findings will be presented in relation to the breakdown of gaseous and solid dielectric materials of interest.”
All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend, and pizza and cookies will be served to the first 75 people.
Sponsored by: Provost Robert Simpson and Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, Director of CETL
Kettering University student Andrew Sierra was featured as part of MLive’s coverage of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2013 Economic Summit in March. From the photo and caption:
Andrew Sierra, who will earn a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University (in December), speaks with 10 other Michigan college students and recent graduates on stage during the introduction to the 2013 Governor’s Economic Summit at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Monday morning, March 18.
Sierra was the only engineering student among the student speakers.
This is a guest blog post from Petty Ishak-Bernard, a recent Kettering University graduate, reflecting on completing her degree at age 49.
Certainly, I am not the first Kettering University student who earned a degree at age 49, and most definitely will not be the last.
But as I walked toward the stage on June 9, 2012, to receive my diploma for MSc in Manufacturing Operation (MSMO) I knew that it won’t be the end of my educational journey. A memory of my self-taught dad who never stopped learning until he was physically unable came to mind; he was my role model. Appreciation goes to my supportive husband and my two children, my inspiration and driving force, who always believe in me. Most importantly, it would have never happened without the Distance Learning program and grad staff at Kettering University.
I had my undergrad degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in 1987 and started my career in the automotive industry to survive a divorce after completing the Machinist Training program at Focus Hope. I joined GM in 1997 as a general assembly operator at the Detroit/Hamtramck plant (the best training any engineers would ever want to have!), left the company to work at an E-Coat facility in 1998 as Quality Systems Supervisor that gave me the experience engineering and quality in the auto industry, and came back to GM in 2000 as Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) where I was involved in several vehicle launches (including Escalade, CTS, Camaro, Volt and ATS) as Launch SQE and Advance Planning Quality Part SQE in Michigan, Mexico, Canada and China in various assignments.
Throughout my career at GM I had the opportunities to take non-degree courses and earned Certifications in Red-X Journeyman (problem solving methods), Strategic Management and Global Automotive Technology Leadership from various universities that GM has joint-venture with but had no confidence in committing to any graduate degree programs. My demanding career and being a single mom were some of the excuses I gave myself. In 2008, at 45, as my youngest child was getting ready for college and with my husband’s encouragement (I married my best friend in 2005), I took the opportunity and enrolled in the MSMO Distance Learning program at Kettering University. It is an online program that catered to individuals like me with busy schedules and a million excuses.
The Graduate Office at Kettering made the admission and my whole learning process easy. Communications are done primarily via e-mails. The staff, particularly Dyan Robinson, was responsive, knowledgeable and personable in assisting me with all my inquiries throughout my years at Kettering; from helping with registration for classes, textbook and class materials, getting in touch with professors to graduation. The office is the backbone for the success of the program, and the staff did an excellent job.
Classes were delivered effectively and conveniently. I could listen to lectures any time, any day, from anywhere in the world. I had taken my classes, did my assignment and took exams in the comfort of my home, in the hotel rooms around the world, and even in my dad’s hospital room in Jakarta, Indonesia. The IT at Kettering is compatible with other online classes I had taken from other big institutions; the staffs are equally helpful and responsive.
The professors were highly qualified individuals whom I never met in person but they were accessible and each one communicated to the students very effectively. Most of MSMO instructors have had real-world experience so the program was not only tailored to meet auto industry’s need but also applicable to other manufacturing and service industries’ applications. The class structures were well organized, expectations were clear and assignments were designed to enhance the understanding of material learned but achievable in terms of content as well time for completion. Tests were purposeful which reflected the proficiency of material learned and fair.
I found the knowledge I learned in the program improved my job performance as an SQE and continuing to do so as GM Purchasing’s Buyer. I believe that learning is a life-long journey and one can never be too old or too late to earn any degrees. Recently, I took another opportunity to enroll in dual MBA program at Indiana University. Distance Learning at Kettering University had made it all possible for me to achieve my educational and career goals, one class at a time.
Unless noted, screenings in the FOMA Film Series begin at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley St. Admission at the door is $6 for non-members, $5 for FIA members, $4 FOMA members. Details: (810) 234-1695, flintarts.org.
(Austria-France, 2012) Directed by Michael Haneke, 127 min., subtitled, rated PG-13
Nominated for five Academy Awards – including Best Picture, Director and Actress – and winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, this must-see drama about the enduring love of an elderly couple (Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva) is “a masterpiece about life, death, and everything in between,” according to the New York Times.
Academy Award Nominated Shorts
This special program presents the most recent Oscar nominees in the live-action and animation categories, including the winners, Curfew (live action) and Paperman (animation). We’ll present the animated nominees on Friday and Sunday, and the live-action program on Saturday. If you attend one of the programs, you may produce your ticket stub at a screening of the other program and get in for a discount. See a complete list of titles at flintarts.org.
(Israel-France-Germany-Belgium, 2012) Directed by Dror Moreh, 95 min., subtitled, rated PG-13
Nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, this is an unusual look at Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. “Provocative, revelatory, and astonishing,” praises The Hollywood Reporter.
(Chile, 2012) Directed by Pablo Larrain, 118 min., subtitled, rated R
Gael Garcia Bernal heads the cast of this seriocomic Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, in which an advertising executive devises a campaign to defeat dictator-president Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.
The Kettering University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) received the Regional Chapter of the Year award and the Best Chant award at the NSBE National Convention in Indianapolis March 27-31. Read more on NSBE and the convention.
Dr. Mehrdad Zadeh and Kettering University’s haptics research were recently featured on NPR/Michigan Radio:
Professor Zadeh says the technology is actually similar to some video games and simulates the feel of working with real flesh.
“The temperature of a surface in a remote location”, he says, “and the friction of a surface in a remote location…they are all possibly resistant to our movement that we can simulate to a user.”
Read more about the haptics research at Kettering University in this news story.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post by Kettering freshman Charles ‘Chaz’ Mancino. Chaz, who is from Fredonia, NY, and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering, will occasionally post his thoughts about his freshman year experiences on Life at Kettering. If you’d like to write a guest blog post, e-mail phayes(at)kettering(dot)edu. Chaz’s other posts: Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 7 | Post 8
The final stretch. The final sprint. The finale. Those terms mean the same thing, and they apply to the busy lives of Kettering University students. Just before the end of each school term, there are final exams. The final push to freedom. This natural phenomenon occurs four times in the year at Kettering University, but it occurs only twice each year for most students. As this is the end of my freshman II term at Kettering University, it is time for me to once again face the beast that lies inside the hearts of men everywhere. Some say that he once made Chuck Norris cry and that he taught Jackie Chan karate. All we know is that he is called Finals.
Finals, unlike the Stig on Top Gear, drive the minds of college students everywhere to study for exams at the end of a school term. This term, Finals will be commanding me to study for exams in Physics 114, Calculus 203, and Humanities 201. Whether the studying pays off or not will be seen. For now, I will just have to prepare myself for what is to come.
One of the good things about Kettering University is that after all of the hard final exams are over with, one may go home and start working. This allows Kettering students to work hard on school term and play hard on work term. Instead of always sitting at a desk during a lecture and writing down notes, Kettering University students can go to work and get real world experience that companies are looking for. Did I mention that students also get the real world experience of finding a place to live, buying food, and fending for themselves? It seems as though Kettering University looks to the future of their students in teaching them not only how to apply vector calculus but also how to protect themselves from the Boogey man.
Another good thing about Kettering University is that there are several ways to let stress out before finals. On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, there were several activities to relieve stress in the Great Court of the Campus Center. There was a raffle with several prizes, free t-shirts and pens, and information about how to get help for stress, among other activities. Since every college student knows that the word “free” means good things most of the time, then the activities had a successful mission of making several students feel a little better inside. Talking about free things, particularly t-shirts, I have added six more Kettering University shirts to my wardrobe this school term, making the grand total of Kettering University t-shirts to be around 16. That number suggests that one could come to Kettering University without any t-shirts and walk out with enough to go a month without wearing the same t-shirt twice (although I would not recommend coming to Kettering without any t-shirts). To continue the relieving of stress, dogs were in the Great Court on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Since everyone knows that the word “dogs” means good things most of the time, then stress continued to be relieved.
As most people know, food is good for the soul, and that is where Kettering University hides yet another stress relieving trick. It is called Late Night Breakfast, and it is utterly delicious. Late Night Breakfast occurs every Wednesday night before finals each term and offers students a variety of heartwarming foods such as eggs, French toast sticks, sausage, hash browns, and, the best part, bacon. However, there is more to Late Night Breakfast than just food. There are t-shirts to be given away (yes, more free t-shirts) and prizes like iPod Nanos to be won. However, the stress cannot be totally cured, and on Thursday, March 21, 2013, Finals knocked on the doors of all Kettering University students. He was hungry for education, and he was not leaving until he got it.
When Finals got his stomach full of knowledge, he left the lives of Kettering University students on school term and will remain dormant for usually about six months, unless he made room for desserts, which will come in about three months. Then the final stretch, final sprint, finale, whatever one would like to call it, has ended, and it is time to stand up, look around, wonder what just happened, and walk out of the room. Time to go home and sleep, then it is off to work and world of opportunities that awaits Kettering University students. If the world is a playground, then Kettering University students have recess six months out of the year, a deal which cannot be beaten by even naptime.
The Midland Daily News recently did a story about off-road vehicles and featured Kettering University’s Baja team. From the story:
The world may never know how many engineers it takes to change a light bulb, but at Kettering University it takes three to build a fully-functional off-road vehicle.
The Society of Automotive Engineers’ Baja Collegiate Design team was one of six to present their research, vehicles and real-world applications during the SAE’s Mid-Michigan Section conference in Frankenmuth in conjunction with the Saginaw Valley Engineering Council’s annual National Engineer’s Week banquet.
“Sometimes you get frustrated out there, it doesn’t always go as you planned,” Kettering senior and 2012 Formula SAE team member Andrew Phillips said. “So you drink some Red Bull and go back to test. Luckily, that paid off for us this year.”