Andrew Sierra

Andrew Sierra

Hometown: Flint, MI

Major: Electrical Engineering

Minor: Business

Co-op Employer: Magna Electronics

Why did you choose Kettering?

"I selected Kettering because of its outstanding reputation and the numerous opportunities provided to me on campus. Because I'm from Flint, I was very knowledgeable about the unique learning environment that Kettering offers, and had visited campus several times. Kettering was the only college that I applied to, as it had been my first and only choice throughout my high school career. The small class sizes provide the most effective learning experience possible, and also allow me to make a difference on campus and in the community surrounding Kettering. I am involved in many groups on campus and in the community, including Kettering Student Government, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, International Club, intramural sports, and the Foodbank of Eastern Michigan."

What are the five best things about Kettering University?

  1. The co-op program allows students to gain hands-on experience that places them far ahead of other graduates in the competitive working world.
  2. Kettering is very highly ranked for their academic programs, which is proof that Kettering provides one of the best, well-rounded undergraduate programs in the nation.
  3. Kettering is on the leading edge of investigative research and technology, ensuring that students are receiving the most up-to-date education possible that is centered on the forefront of our nation's future.
  4. The ratio between students and professors at Kettering allows there to be enhanced interaction between professors and students. This leads to better understanding of the subject material as well as an improved overall academic experience.
  5. With the plethora of student organizations and clubs on campus and the average class of 20 students, Kettering provides a multitude of opportunities to become a leader in school and make a difference on campus.

What was your coolest co-op assignment?

"At Magna, I have helped design cameras to be placed in vehicles to allow the car to park itself. The cameras can stop your car if a person is walking behind you as well as recognizing the lines on the road, so if you begin to veer out of your lane without using your turning signal, the car will warn you and eventually automatically correct the car back to the center of the lane. It also monitors the distance between your car and other cars on the road. I assembled the cameras and built the cables that connect them to the actual vehicle. After the camera was mounted, I wired it into the car by connecting it to the power provided by the fuse box. I was then allowed to test drive the vehicle on the highway and attempting to change lanes without using the turning signal as well as examining the reaction of the vehicle when it was about to hit an object behind the car. This was the coolest because I was able to assist in the production process from design all the way to prototyping and testing the product."

What advice would you give a student considering Kettering University?

"Kettering is not only a place for excellent academics as you look to pursue your future career, but it also stands as a way to gain valuable, paid work experience that places you far ahead of other college students your age. The combination of these two things provides an experience and a wealth of knowledge that is unparalleled by any other undergraduate institution in the nation."