2012 STUDENT SENATE APPLICATION
Name: Ryan Neph
Ryan Neph was born and raised in Waterford, Michigan, the youngest of two children. He early set his heart on studying architecture but later refined this to follow his passion for physics and mechanical engineering. He applied to one university where he is currently studying to obtain a double bachelors degree in Engineering Physics and Mechanical Engineering. After completing his undergraduate studies, he hopes to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Harvard University to obtain a doctorate in Experimental Physics.
Be a leader with Ryan Neph
What activities are/were you involved in at Kettering and in high school?
Entertainment Chair -Operations Council - Kettering (Current)
Inter-Fraternal Council -Social and Orientation Chair -Kettering (Current)
Compass Orientation Planner and Facilitator - Kettering (Current)
National Honor Society - High School (Junior -Senior)
* Vice President (Senior)
Senior Representative -Student Government -High School (Senior)
Conflict Mediation - High School (Freshman - Senior)
* Training Camp Facilitator (Senior)
What is the one trait you want people to know you for?
I demonstrate the essential characteristic of perseverance in all of my actions. By so doing, I have earned the reputation of completing the ambitious tasks, which I have voluntarily taken upon myself. Furthermore, I don;t settle for any conclusion of lower quality than the great standards to which I adhere.
What is your favorite quote/saying(s)?
“Those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action.”-Thomas Jefferson
The idea behind this incredible quote has been part of the inspiration behind my belief that I have an obligation to make a difference in the lives of those by which I am surrounded.
What do you think can be improved at Kettering and what steps will you take to accomplish this improvement?
All exceptional things accompany positive change. Kettering University, a school of highly respectable prestige, is no exception to this rule. Although it is the responsibility of the University administration to tend to the continuation of our school as one of the leading engineering educators in the country, it is an absolute necessity that change and growth be fostered. We have already seen President McMahan subscribe to this understanding. Under this new leadership I am developing a process by which the student body may decide upon an improvement to the school, research the implications, and propose the idea to the administration.
What has been your biggest success and failure? What have you learned from them?
Over my time at Kettering I’ve undergone immense development, which wouldn’t have been possible without making mistakes. To act in the incorrect manner is venerated as more beneficial to the growth of an individual than the failure to act. I chose to practice this method of personal development before my first term by enrolling in Calculus-II Honors. I consider my performance a failure because I received a lower than personally acceptable grade. This mistake trained me to analyze my necessary actions to ensure all of what I regard to be my greatest successes: my involvement in many of Kettering’s organizations.
What is your motivation for wanting to represent the student body via Student Senate?
Every year, millions of young adults attend an institution of higher education. Kettering University has the honor and privilege of educating the brightest subset of this collection. This offers a unique growing environment for nearly 200-250 students. I have been the subject of such extraordinary growth in my short time at this university and I have reached a time at which I am capable and therefore obligated to compile my years of critical problem solving, and ever-advancing leadership experience such that I represent the Kettering student body’s views and interests in assessing and attaining those things that it absolutely needs.