Facts about Graduation

Jun 23, 2003

Information about Graduation and graduates

Bachelor's Degrees = 272
Applied Math, 1
Applied Physics, 1
Computer Engineering, 24
Computer Science, 12
Electrical Engineering, 55
Environmental Chemistry, 1
Industrial Engineering, 9
Management, 12
Manufacturing Engineering, 1
Manufacturing Systems Engineering, 7
Mechanical Engineering, 149

Master's Degrees = 151
Engineering, 35
Engineering Management, 1
Manufacturing Management, 38
Manufacturing Operations, 39
Operations Management, 38

Total Graduates in June 2003 = 423
Total Graduates in June 2002 = 333

Summa Cum Laude (97.0-100): 3
Magna Cum Laude (94.5-96.9): 14
Cum Laude (92-94.4): 15

Bryan Bailey, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Daniel Jimenez, Sudan, Texas
Michael Kasperek, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Benjamin Swisher, Muskegon, Mich.
Seth Woodward, Maceo, Ky.

Katherine Kummer, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

One honorary degree:
Robert A. Lutz
Chairman, General Motors North America
Vice Chairman of Product Development, General Motors Corp.
Detroit, Mich.
Honorary Doctor of Management

Robert A. Lutz received an honorary doctor of Management degree. Mr. Lutz earned a bachelor's of science degree in Production Management in 1961 and a master's degree in Business Administration in 1962 at the University of California, Berkeley. His studies also included a six-week training session at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in the 1960s.

In 1963, Mr. Lutz joined General Motors Corp. in Europe, where he held various senior executive positions in sales and marketing until 1971. From 1971-74, he worked for BMW as executive vice president of sales at BMW in Munich, Germany, and also served on the BMW Board of Directors. He served Ford Motor Company from 1974-86, where he held several executive posts, including executive vice president of Truck Operations, chairman of Ford Europe, and executive vice president of Ford's International Operations. Mr. Lutz also served on the Ford Board of Directors from 1982-86.

From 1986-98, he worked for the Chrysler Corp., starting as an executive vice president. For 12 years, he worked to reinvigorate Chrysler's product line and helped steer the company away from bankruptcy in the early 1990s. He ran all automotive activities including sales, marketing, product development, manufacturing and procurement and supply. He also served on the Chrysler Board of Directors from 1986-98, retiring from Chrysler in 1998.

After retiring from the automotive industry, he was recruited in 1998 by battery maker Exide Technologies Inc. to serve as its chairman and CEO until General Motors once again tapped his administrative skills. He continues to serve as chairman of the Exide Board of Directors.

Mr. Lutz rejoined GM in 2001 and serves in the dual role as chairman of General Motors North America and vice chairman of Product Development. He is also a member of the Automotive Strategy Board and the North American Strategy Board.

Two women graduates delivered Commencement addresses representing students

The first-ever graduate speaker was Kristy Dawn Brinker, of Fenton, who received a master's of science in Engineering. She is a research assistant pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanics. She currently works in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at Michigan State University, with Dr. Roger C. Haut, Ph.D.

Brinker said a Kettering education gives graduates an advantage over students from other universities. "The difference between them is the Kettering student walks in with four years of work experience, networking connections and an ability to communicate efficiently with other working professionals. Obviously, the work experience is the predominant benefit," said Brinker.

While at Kettering, Brinker served as president of the GDI Women, and was a Discover Kettering tour guide and presenter, High School Recruitment facilitator, member of the Society of Women Engineers and member of the Order of the Engineer. She also volunteered for the Children's Miracle Network, March Of Dimes, Flushing Community Candle Walk, Sigma Chi Haunted House for charity and Sigma Chi-sponsored university events and awards banquets.

Representing the undergraduates was Katherine Kummer, of Stratford, Ontario, Canada, who received a bachelor of science in Management. She is the first Kettering University Student Leaders Fellowship recipient to graduate. Her current work assignment is with Cooper Standard Automotive in Stratford, Ontario, working as an industrial engineer.

While at Kettering Kummer was a member of the Robots Honor Society, Rho Lambda National Panhellenic Honor Society, Alpha Phi Fraternity, Student Government Finance Council, Clara Elizabeth Davidson Women's Resource Center, Sigma Phi Iota Leadership Honor Society and was nominated for Kettering University Woman of the Year. In addition, she volunteered for the Crim Festival of Races, tutored Flint area school children, and raised funds for St. Jude Children's Hospital, Whaley Children's Center and various cardiac foundations.

Dawn Hibbard
Director of Media Relations and Communications
Kettering University
(810) 762-9865