In addition to funding the scholarship, the AAAN formed to build a community of mentors for African American students at Kettering. The group hosted a celebration in May.
“We hadn’t had anything formal as a group. We felt it was important for us to establish the bonds because the community has been small groups of people,” Osborne said, “so what’s happened in the past is you get clusters of people from different areas, so we wanted to break down those silos and get people there from every generation.”
Jeremiah Thompson ’23 said the event felt like a family reunion.
“It was amazing to see some former students who were upperclassmen when I joined the University and catching up,” he said. “Along with this, seeing the older alumni and gaining insight into their thoughts on the current technology world.”
Thompson, who majored in Computer Science and Industrial Engineering, is an Associate Software Engineer at Wells Fargo Technology.
Rhonda Clarke ‘16 echoed Thompson. Clarke, who majored in Industrial Engineering, is a Manufacturing Execution Engineer at General Motors. She oversees and manages the installation of manufacturing cells in the GM Truck Body Shops.
“I ended up going by myself, but I met and connected with so many people who were very down-to-earth! It was great to catch up with old friends and meet new alumni who are still excelling at great heights within their careers,” she said.
The celebration also honored former Mathematics Professor Dr. David Green, aka Doc Green, for his service to Kettering, Academically Interested Minds (AIM) and the community at the Detroit Golf Club.