Kettering to host international technology conference

Nov 1, 2002

Kettering University has been selected to host the 2003 University Synergy Program (USP) International Conference.

Kettering University has been selected to host the 2003 University Synergy Program (USP) International Conference. It is only the second time an American university has been selected to host the prestigious technology conference.

"Kettering University is pleased to host this international gathering of experts who are interested in delivering software solutions to manufacturing," said University President James E.A. John. "Our conference will focus on bridging the gap between organizational processes and high-tech options for the supply chain and mobile technology industries."

USP 2003 will be at the historic Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Mich., Sept. 15-18, with select events held in Flint, Mich.

Speakers at USP 2003 will offer enterprise data, applications, and processes related to supply chain solutions and mobile technology to an audience consisting of top-ranked university representatives, executives of hi-tech companies, industry leaders and technical specialists. Topics for paper presentations include:

  • Supply and delivery chain solutions,
  • Wireless applications for mobile business,
  • E-business capabilities that extend applications to suppliers, customers and employees (i.e., collaborative business processes),
  • Transition of business processes into e-business processes,
  • Mobilizing the enterprise via Enterprise Information Portals (EIP),
  • Evaluating impacts and ROI of enterprise integration technologies,
  • Applications of mobile technology for societal benefit.

Cash prizes for the conference's "Best Papers" total $15,000 and will be given to the top five papers in the following range: $4,500 (first place), $3,500 (second place), $3,000 (third place), $2,500 (fourth place) and $1,500, fifth place).

"Universities and business organizations from more than 20 countries have sponsored and participated in previous USP conferences," said Dr. Sanju Patro, an assistant professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Business at Kettering, who is chairing the USP conference. "Hosting a prestigious international conference, such as this, will help with the strategic positioning of Kettering University as a top research institution."

"This conference offers a global arena for presenting findings on the latest technological advancements," she added. "The conference's theme on solutions to supply-chain management and global manufacturing systems with a focus on the auto industry matches very well with Kettering's core competencies."

The event is being organized by Kettering University in Flint, Mich., (formerly General Motors Institute), Noaber Foundation, a Netherlands based nonprofit organization and BeehiveFund, a nonprofit organization funding research on emergingtechnologies.

The USP international conference has previously been hosted in Europe, Israel and South Africa.

Conference registration deadline is Aug. 1, 2003. Exhibition booth registration deadline is June 15, 2003.

For complete registration information (forms, fees, deadlines) please log on at: and click on USP 2003 or contact Dr. Michael Sanders of Kettering University at, (810) 762-7947.

For more information on paper submissions, contact the conference chair Dr. Sanju Patro of Kettering at, (810) 762-7950.

Written by Patricia Mroczek
(810) 762-9533