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Student Moderates Voting Town Hall with Secretary of State

Hemanth Tadepalli ('23, CS) moderated a town Kettering University Student Hemanth and Jocelyn Bensonhall on election preparedness Oct. 27. Liberal Arts Department Head Dr. Babak Elahi also gave remarks at the event.

The Michigan Department of State, Campus Vote Project, Kettering University, University of Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College hosted the event that featured Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and City of Flint Interim Clerk Davina Donahue. The event, which was at the University of Michigan-Flint, focused on voter rights, how to vote and where to find election information.

Tadepalli is a member of the Michigan Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force, which is charged with determining and implementing recommendations to improve voter education and engagement among young people on college and university campuses statewide. 

"It has been an honor being on the task force so far, and under Secretary Benson, I have worked with so many universities across the state to increase voter turnout and help students register to vote and even request an absentee ballot," Tadepalli said. "Bringing the League of Women Voters to campus last week helped remind students to vote and provided them with voter guide information on candidates as well as information on proposals. Taking these steps will ensure students are aware of the election process and increase voter turnout on campus."

Kettering University students at the 2022 SWE Convention.

Students, Faculty Attend SWE Conference in Texas

A group of about 20 students and two faculty members attended the annual Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Conference from Oct. 20 to 22 in Houston. The students attended sessions on professional development, corporate hospitality suites, a career fair for women in STEM, and enjoyed meeting with other professional and collegiate members.

Mechanical Engineering professors Dr. Diane Peterson and Dr. Kristy Brinker Brouwer participated in two panelist sessions, "Academic Job Searches: Views from Both Sides of the Table" and "Addressing Challenges in Community College Transfer to Promote Equity." Brinker Brouwer also participated in an info session with SafeKids Worldwide, sharing her research on automated vehicle safety for children.

Of the 20 students, four male students also attended as members of HeForSWE, an affinity group whose purpose is to grow inclusion and advocacy efforts by increasing male allies in STEM fields. The following students attended:

  • Alexandra Brayton ('22, CHME)
  • Tyler Birdsall ('25, ME)
  • Skyler Chin ('23, IE)
  • Tanisha Francis ('24, CE)
  • Tyler Ike ('26, ME)
  • Mathias Koenitzer ('22, ME)
  • Morgan Main ('24, ME)
  • Sidney McBride ('23, IE)
  • Kelsie McManus ('23, ME)
  • Kyla Meyle ('25, BIO)
  • Alyssa Muldoon ('25, CHME)
  • Camille Parker ('22, CHME)
  • Ernest Reschke ('26, CE)
  • Jenna Salem ('23, ME)
  • Amanda Smith ('25, IE)
  • Misty Tomlin ('23, IE)
  • Alayna Wanless ('24, EE)
  • Emily Wells ('23, ME)
  • Olivia Wright ('23, IE/MGMT)
  • Sabrina York ('24, ME)
Kettering University Baja SAE Team

Baja SAE Team Competes in Arizona

The Kettering University Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Team competed Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Arizona.

The competition tasks teams of engineering students with designing and building a single-seat, all-terrain sporting vehicle to use in various challenges.

Kettering's team of 11 students placed 30th overall. About 50 teams competed.

Kettering University students pose in front of the NACME Hackathon banner.

Students Compete at NACME Hackathon

Six Kettering University students competed in the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Hackathon competition Oct. 12-14 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Students from 20 colleges, including Texas A&M, Cornell University and participated.

The competing Kettering students are:

  • Jasmine Adamson ('25, ME)
  • Dylan Bohanan ('23, ME)
  • Zahrae McGuire ('24, ME)
  • Charles Buffington ('24, CS)
  • Miles Frierson ('23, ME)
  • Jeremiah Harvey ('26, ME)