Kettering Team Gets Resolution Passed at Model UN Conference


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Kettering University’s Model United Nations team attended the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference in Boston on Feb. 9-13.

Kettering’s delegation of Kevin Patterson (’24, EE), Robin Pelayo (’22, CS/Applied Mathematics), Austin Schmitz (’22, ME), Hemanth Tadepalli (’23, CS) and Liberal Studies Department Chairman Dr. Babak Elahi was selected to represent the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) and the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) for the country of Paraguay. About 130 schools represented 43 countries during the 68th annual event.

As part of the DISEC, the team presented a resolution on the Proliferation of Drone Technology, which was created in collaboration with other teams. The resolution defined the values and ethics of drone technology, including commercial and military usage.

“With cybersecurity being an important aspect of this and having our technical expertise from Kettering, we were so useful in the debates and construction of our paper,” said the team’s head delegate Hemanth Tadepalli. “Additionally, we created a resolution that defined when drones should be used as well as who should have control.”

In the SOCHUM, the team addressed issues facing non-self-governing territories given that their administering powers don’t have existing systems of accountability. They chose the position that citizens of non-self-governing territories should have the right to bring up issues to the United Nations (UN) regarding their culture, heritage, traditions and artifacts and that their administering powers should not vote on issues concerning non-self-governing territories.

“We believe that they have the right to either become their own nation or integrate into their administering power with the guarantee from the UN that all referendums would be fair and any abuses of power or destruction of indigenous culture would result in swift action from the UN,” said Kettering delegate Austin Schmitz.

Others agreed, and their resolution was passed.

Tadepalli said the team plans to attend more conferences next year. Students interested in participating can email him at or Dr. Michael Callahan at

Kettering DECA Teams Wins 29 Awards at State Conference




A team of 30 Kettering University students participated virtually in the 2022 DECA State Career Development Conference Feb. 3-5. Six other universities also participated.

The team, which consists of business, engineering, science, technology and math majors, took home eight first-place awards, nine second-place awards and four third-place awards.

Kettering had the second-largest participating team, with half of its members participating in collegiate DECA for the first time.

Twenty-one team members are eligible to compete in the International Career Development Conference on April 9-12 in Baltimore.

The other six universities that competed were Clearly University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Northwood University and Michigan Technological University.

DECA promotes professionalism through business and entrepreneurship at both the collegiate and high school levels throughout the world.

To learn more about the DECA team, contact Dr. Ken Williams at

Olivia Wright Receives Collegiate Guiding Star Award


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Olivia Wright (’23, IE/MGMT) was named a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Collegiate Guiding Star.

This award recognizes exceptional collegiate leaders who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community and have been a member of SWE for at least two years. No more than 15 Guiding Star Awards are presented each year nationally.

“It is such an honor to be nominated by the section. Thank you for this opportunity,” Wright said. “All of our ideas and initiatives could not be possible without the tremendous support and help from our members.”

Wright will receive the award at the SWE Local Conference in Buffalo, New York, in April.

Robot Honor Society Inducts New Members

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Eight new members were welcomed into the Robot Honor Society on Dec. 7 during an event.

The Robot Honor Society recognizes 1 percent of students for their outstanding creative leadership, service that transcends self and citizenship that demonstrates responsibility. Students go through a highly selective process conducted by their peers, staff and faculty.

Congratulations to the following new members:


Parker Authier
’22, EE/CE


Alexandra Bahm
’24, Management


Rachel Learman
’22, Biochem


Austin Schmitz
’23, ME


Candance Ulett
’22, ME


Valerie Verhaeghe
’22, Applied Biology

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Dr. Veronica Moorman
Associate Professor of Biochemistry

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Dr. Allan Taylor
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Alpha Pi Mu Initiates Five New Members



Emily Hong
’24, IE


Wyatt Moser
’23, IE


Lauren Tithof
’23, IE


Chloe Wegener
’22, IE


Olivia Wright
’23, IE and Mgmt


Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society, initiated five new members during a ceremony Dec. 7.

To qualify for membership, students must be in the top 20 percent of their junior class or top 33 percent of their senior class and exhibit positive character traits.

Congratulations to the following students:

SWE Honors Professor with Engaged Advocate Award




Dr. Diane Peters, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected as one of the recipients of the Engaged Advocate award for 2022.

This honor is awarded by the Society of Women Engineers to people who contribute to the advancement or acceptance of women in engineering.

Peters will be presented with the award in March at the WE Local Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

Scholarships Available


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The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 1. Apply through Scholarship Universe or your Admissions Portal.

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Jack Stock Honored with Community Award




Jack Stock, Director of External Relations, was honored with the Gloria DeHart Community Champion Award during the Flint & Genesee Group’s Art of Achievement Awards on Nov. 4.

Stock has been with the University for more than 20 years. His work includes serving as co-chair of the University Avenue Corridor Coalition, a group of neighborhood stakeholders that addresses blight and crime spots, improve community health, stabilize land use, improve education and create partnerships to enhance the community. He also coordinates student volunteers for various community projects and events including, the CRIM Festival of Races, neighborhood cleanups and various beautification efforts.

The award, which is sponsored by Chase Bank, is given to a person or organization that worked to create a positive impact and perception of the area. It was the seventh year for the event, which is a communitywide celebration of the accomplishments that are helping move Flint and Genesee County forward.


Business Speaker Series Event on Nov. 17


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The School of Management’s next Business Speaker Series: Hard Work Pays Off — Forge Your Own Path will take place from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. next Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the Campus Center and virtually.

Featured speakers will be Nicholas Pidek ’13, co-founder/owner of Foster Coffee Co., and Ross Person ’19, financial analyst at General Motors. The pair will speak about their career paths and provide advice on how to face difficult decisions in your career.

Those who attend in person will receive lunch and will be eligible to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

To RSVP, click here.

Square One Social Post


About 160 high school students stopped by our Mobility Research Center for Square One’s 2022 Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge Kickoff event today. We can’t wait to have them back for the 15th annual challenge in May! #IVD2022


Square One Facebook: @S1Nation
Square One Twitter: @SquareOneNet

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Student Life Hosting Virtual Food Drive




Student Life is having a virtual food drive to support the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan now through Dec. 17.

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan partners with 700 organizations throughout 22 counties, including Genesee County. For every dollar donated six meals are provided to those in need.

To donate, click here.

Student Wins Michigan ITS Poster Contest




William Wakefield (’22, Applied Mathematics) won first place and a $2,000 scholarship Oct. 5 in a poster contest at the 2021 Michigan Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Conference.

Wakefield is a member of the University’s AutoDrive team. His poster’s design was on the AutoDrive Challenge and the work the team is doing to develop an autonomous vehicle.

Fall Employment Fair Registration Open




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Registration is open to students for the Fall Employment Fair. The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.

Students will have the opportunity to meet employers and learn more about available Co-op opportunities. Students should bring their resumes and dress professionally.

To register, click here.

For questions, contact Ella Derricks at or (810) 762-9889.

Intramural Flag Football, 3×3 Basketball Registration Open


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Students, staff and faculty interested in joining or creating an intramural flag football or 3v3 basketball team must register on by 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8. The site tracks upcoming sports, schedules, rosters, games, rulebooks and more for the University’s Intramural Sports program.

A mandatory virtual meeting of captains and athletic chairs to review league regulations will be at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8 via Google Meets. Invitations will be sent to those who register teams throughout the week.

Games will be played Oct. 11-Nov. 4.

Email questions to Mike Rumancik at


Eta Kappa Nu Initiates New Members


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Members of the Eta Kappa Nu E-Board with initiates. From left Gabrielle Malson, Lindsey Malson, Malachi Eovaldi, Guiseppe Ciaramitaro, Matthew Attisha, Steven Samrau and Hayvin Bolten.


The Theta Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors Society, initiated three new members Sept. 21.

To qualify for membership, students must be in the top 24 percent of their junior class or top 33 percent of their senior class and exhibit positive character traits.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Matthew Attisha (’23, EE)
  • Guiseppe Ciaramitaro (’23, EE)
  • Malachi Eovaldi (’22, CE)

Robot Society Inducts New Members


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Six new members were welcomed into the Robot Honor Society on Sept. 14 during an event.

The Robot Honor Society recognizes 1 percent of students for their outstanding creative leadership, service that transcends self and citizenship that demonstrates responsibility. Students go through a highly selective process conducted by their peers, staff and faculty.

Congratulations to the following new members:


Sara Aldrich (’21, CE)


Elizabeth Crawford (’21, CE)


Emma Mucciante (’22, CE)


Abigail Wolf (’23, ME)


Myra Lumpkin
Director of Student Life Programs, Student Affairs

Not pictured: Julia Rickabaugh (’21, IE)




Flu Shot Clinic on Sept. 8, Oct. 13




The Wellness Center is having a walk-in, no appointment needed, flu shot clinic in the Abbey from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the following dates:
  • Next Wednesday, Sept. 8
  • Wednesday, Oct. 13
Bring your Kettering ID and health insurance card.

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for Parent/Guardian SOAR Fall 2021


Parents and guardians of incoming B-Section students, the virtual Parent/Guardian SOAR Fall 2021 will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14 or Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Learn more about how to best support your Bulldog as they begin their first term! We’ll discuss classes, program requirements, support resources, housing and more.

To register, click here. The event link will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the event.

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Upcoming SAC Speaker




The Student Alumni Council (SAC) welcomes you to an Alumni Speaker Event with Chris Nuccio ’09, at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31, in Room A on the fourth floor of the Campus Center.
Nuccio is the Customer Team Director at Brose Group, a German-based automotive supplier of mechatronic systems and drives, whose North American headquarters is in Auburn Hills. He started at Brose as his Co-op in 2014 while attending Kettering and has been promoted three times in less than nine years.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering in 2009, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Oakland University in 2016.
A boxed lunch will be provided upon the completion of this event. Seating is limited. RSVP is required and available to the first 25 students.
To RSVP, click here.
To attend virtually, click here.
Meeting ID: 979 9204 6587
Passcode: 283979

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When: 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31
Where: Room A on the fourth floor of the Campus Center

Who: Chirs Nuccio (’09, ME), Customer Team Director at Brose Group, an automotive supplier of mechatronic systems and drives

A boxed lunch will be provided upon the completion of this event. Seating is limited. RSVP is required and available to the first 25 students.

Check Bulldog Weekly for more info.

Crim Race Closes University Parking Lots on Aug. 28




There will be no automobile access to and from all campus parking lots, including Campus Village Apartments, from 6:30 a.m. until about noon, Saturday, Aug. 28 because of the Crim Festival of Races road closures.

If you will need to leave during this time, it’s best to park at the Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School, 1518 University Ave., before 6:30 a.m., Aug. 28. Please see the map.

Kettering Social Post




On this day 106 years ago, Charles Kettering was granted the patent for the electric car starter. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Kettering filed the patent on June 15, 1911, but it wasn’t until this day more than four years later in 1915 that he was granted the patent. Here’s Kettering (at right) with Alfred P. Sloan Jr. (at left), former General Motors president who gave the green light for General Motors to take over the Flint Institute of Technology, add to its campus and rename it the General Motors Institute of Technology.

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