From Freeport to Flint

Jan 25, 2002

Kettering's global connection continues to expand as six students from the Bahamas currently work toward their degrees at the University.

Kettering's global connection continues to expand as six students from the Bahamas currently work toward their degrees at the University.

Dr. Milton J. Robinson, an executive who serves Kettering University in a number of important capacities, works closely with the students, all of whom hail from Freeport in the Bahamas. Their enrollment at the University represents one example of Kettering's ongoing attempts to recruit not just the brightest students from the United States, but students from throughout the world.

The most recent issue of "The Kettering Perspective" magazine features on the cover Emmett Butler, who majors in Mechanical Engineering. Butler is depicted with other students working on a project using state-of-the-art computer and software equipment acquired through an $88 million grant from the Partners for the Advancement of CAD/CAM (PACE). PACE partners include General Motors Corp., Sun Microsystems, EDS and UGS, which donate computer hardware, software and training to college and universities throughout the country to train future engineers like Butler on the latest design and development software before they graduate.

Part of Robinson's responsibilities at Kettering include working closely with the ROTARY Club of Lucaya to recruit the brightest and most talented kids from the Freeport area. He said that the students receive an exceptional opportunity to "use the same advanced engineering and design tools in the classroom that U.S. engineers utilize to develop new products, increase manufacturing productivity and solve other real-world challenges.

"A number of companies currently employ these students," Robinson explained. "Some of them include the Grand Bahamas Power Co., Power Generation Company of Trinidad, Jamaica Public Service Corp., Dow Chemical Company of Michigan and Wisconsin manufacturer J.L. French."

Robinson also said that the Port Authority Scholarship Fund helped some of these students to obtain the financial support to attend Kettering, in addition to other Freeport-based companies. Additionally, all six Kettering students from the Bahamas received a scholarship from the University to help support their college careers.

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