KETTERING UNIVERSITY IS FOURTH NATIONALLY IN PRODUCING ALUMNI WHO ARE INVENTORS

Kettering University students take full advantage of the resources in the tspace lab on campus.Kettering University produces more inventors per graduate than all but three universities in the country, according to a recently released study profiled in The Economist examining how exposure to innovation influences inventiveness. The study, by economists from Harvard University, MIT, the London School of Economics, Stanford University and the U.S. Treasury, analyzes the backgrounds of patent-holders nationwide to determine shared characteristics of inventors. In a portion of the study looking at the education of patent-holders, Kettering University was fourth in producing alumni who hold patents – trailing only MIT, CalTech and Harvey Mudd. | Full Story


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KETTERING UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS TURNS PROBLEM SOLVING INTO INNOVATION WITH PATENTED PRODUCT

For Devin Sutherland ‘13, being an engineer means finding new ways to solve problems every day. That outlook on his career led him to earning a product patent only a few years after graduating from Kettering University.

Sutherland, a product engineer for Magna Seating, ran into an issue when he was developing seats for Ford and Lincoln. The foam on the metal structure inherently causes squeaking, and there’s a spray that helps eliminate it. However, the foam color was changed from yellow to black, making it difficult for operators to see the spray.|Full Story


“What I wish I knew in college and might help others would be that school is critical to further one's knowledge base, but it ultimately teaches you how to learn. Learning how to learn can be the most useful skill anyone can have especially while entering the real world of full time employment. It was a learning opportunity to apply for this patent. It was surprising to me that just doing my job and solving problems turned into something that was patentable. It speaks volumes right there.”

Devin Sutherland ‘13

 


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