Eaton gives another $10,000

Nov 11, 2005

Ongoing donation support fuel cell development efforts.

Representatives from the Eaton Corporation, of Southfield, Mich., were on campus to deliver a $10,000 donation to Dr. K. Joel Berry, department head for Mechanical Engineering, for research relating to the balance of plant technology for fuel cell systems.

The donation, the second part of a $40,000/four year pledge, will continue to support Eaton's research initiative to develop efficient air management modules for fuel cell systems. Graduate students and Kettering faculty will work with the Automotive Advanced Product Development Division of in Kettering's Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration.

We are pleased with the continued support of Eaton Automotive. This donation will support faculty and student research in hybrid fuel cell systems and will contribute to the increasing industry support for Kettering's Center for Fuel Cell Systems," said Joel Berry, academic department head for Mechanical Engineering.

"Eaton is a very progressive company and it's encouraging to work with individuals as equally committed to the acceleration of the fuel cell economy as Kettering," Berry said.

The Center was established, in part, with a grant from the United States Economic Development Authority (EDA). Equipment purchased with EDA grant money will be used in the research project with Eaton.

Eaton Corporation also supports Kettering through its Cooperative Education program by employing approximately 15 professional co-op students.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2003 sales of $8.1 billion. Eaton is a global leader in fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile andaircraft equipment; electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety; and intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
(810) 762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu