The students of Professor Raghu Echempati's MECH-516: Introduction to Finite Element Analysis with Structural Applications class visited Meritor Company on November 13 to understand real life applications of the theory taught in the class. Meritor employs nearly a dozen co-op students and engineers from Kettering.
Dr. Echempati has been teaching this course for number of years and each time he supplements the class lectures with presentations by industry speakers and/or by arranging company tours to the partner companies. He believes that this kind of experiential learning (integration of class room lectures with industry tours) provides unique opportunity for the students to think holistically and to develop a mindset for innovative ideas. Promoting this idea has been made possible with cooperation of companies such as Autodesk, Meritor, Borg-Warner, Bosch, GM, Peer Bearing Company, Ford, Chrysler and many others. Some of these companies also donate components for class room use. This is one of the exciting and distinctive advantages that Kettering has that many other universities do not always have.