December 2012 Awards


  • 213 Bachelor Degrees Awarded
  • 54 Master's Degrees Awarded
  • 12 Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • 31 Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • 27 Graduated Cum Laude

Honors & Awards

  • President's Medal

Bryan Coburn - Mechanical Engineering

Stacy DeCrane - Chemical Engineering

Nicole Findlay - Mechanical Engineering

Nurudeen Olajide Huthman - Electrical Engineering

  • Sobey Scholars

Bryan Coburn - Mechanical Engineering 

Stacy DeCrane - Chemical Engineering
Justin DeKoekkoek - Mechanical Engineering
Nicole Findlay - Mechanical Engineering
Nurudeen Olajide Huthman - Electrical Engineering
Alexandria Petit - Biochemistry
  • Leaders Fellows

Bryan Coburn - Mechanical Engineering

Nicole Findlay - Mechanical Engineering
Deana Johnson - Business Administration
Kemoy Jorge Orlando Smith - Chemical Engineering

Be A Future Grad

Kettering University hosted Commencement ceremonies for 260 graduates on Saturday, December 8, 2012. 

Charge to the Graduates

President Robert McMahanPresident Robert McMahan presented the Charge to the 2012 Graduates.  Dr. McMahan became the seventh President of Kettering University in August 2011.  Prior to this, he was the Founding Dean of the Kimmel School (the College of Engineering and Technology) at Western Carolina University.  Prior to that, Dr. McMahan was the Senior Advisor to the Governor of North Carolina for Science and Technology, and the Executive Director of the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology.

Before working with the Governor, he was a Senior Technology Strategist and Venture Capitalist for In-Q-Tel, a private venture capital organization funded by the CIA, where he was responsible for developing a technology investment strategy for the intelligence community, and then deriving, molding, and structuring individual investments and technologies within the portfolio in response to it. 

Earlier in his career, he was Executive Vice President of Engineering and R&D worldwide for GretagMacbeth, LLC.  He joined GretagMacbeth after its acquisition of McMahan Research Laboratories, the advanced technologies company which he founded in Cambridge, MA and later expanded to the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina.

Dr. McMahan has been involved in the creation of a number of successful technology startups, and he has co-led equity and LBO capital raises in excess of $50MM. He also simultaneously held for many years the positions of Research Professor of Physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Adjunct Professor of Technology Management at NC State University.

He earned Bachelors’ Degrees in Physics and in the History of Art from Duke University and a Ph.D. degree in Physics from Dartmouth in addition to completing postdoctoral studies at the Harvard University / Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Center for Astrophysics, and post graduate professional studies at Harvard University.

Dr. McMahan has extensive national and international speaking, consulting, and management experience in organizations and initiatives related to technology and product development, research policy, investment capital, entrepreneurship and innovation-based economic development and frequently speaks and consults with national and international organizations, including the National Academies, the US Congress, and the Federal Reserve as well as a number of international governments.

Undergraduate Student Speaker

Kemoy Jorge Orlando Smith"The Journey Into Our Futures," the undergraduate student commencement address, was presented by Kemoy Jorge Orlando Smith.  Smith is a Chemical Engineering major with a Biochemistry minor.  His co-op was at Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, Mich., where he worked in the Materials department doing research on new and emerging technologies to improve the performance of Whirlpool appliances.

Smith is from Kingston, Jamaica, and first became acquainted with the University as an AIM student, Kettering’s pre-college program for Academically Interested Minorities.  Smith said he was pleased for the opportunity to address his graduating classmates.  "We're ready for the journey ahead," he said.  "We are excited about our accomplishments so far, but our preparation at Kettering has called upon us to take on ever bigger challenges.  The world expects us to take them on." Read more.

Outstanding Thesis

Stacy DeCraneThe Outstanding Thesis Award for Fall 2012 went to Stacy DeCrane of Bloomington, Ill., who graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and minor in Biochemistry.  Her thesis advisor was Dr. Susan Farhat, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering.

Her research, "A Study of Platinum and Platinum Alloy Catalyst Dissolution Trends for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Durability," was conducted at her co-op employer Argonne National Laboratory - Chemical Sciences & Engineering Division in Argonne, Ill.  Read more.

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