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Professor Jennifer Bastiann (’97) and Carla Bailo (’83) received volunteer awards from SAE.


SAE Recognizes Most Impactful Volunteers

Dr. Jennifer Bastiann (’97), Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Kettering University Board of Trustees member Carla Bailo (’83) were recognized as members of the “Top Contributor Class” of most impactful volunteers at the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) International 2021 Contributor of the Year Celebration.

Bastiann’s volunteer work with SAE includes organizing conferences, serving on a journal’s editorial board and advising multiple SAE student teams at Kettering.

Bailo’s volunteer work includes speaking at conferences and authoring SAE publications.

The event was Nov. 4-7 in Tucson, Arizona.


Jack Stock won the 2021 Gloria DeHart Community Champion Award

Kack Stock, Director of External Relations, Honored with Community Award

Jack Stock, Director of External Relations, was honored with the Gloria DeHart Community Champion Award during the Flint & Genesee Group’s Art of Achievement Awards on Nov. 4.

Stock has been with the University for more than 20 years. His work includes serving as co-chair of the University Avenue Corridor Coalition, a group of neighborhood stakeholders that addresses blight and crime spots, improve community health, stabilize land use, improve education and create partnerships to enhance the community. He also coordinates student volunteers for various community projects and events including, the CRIM Festival of Races, neighborhood cleanups and various beautification efforts.

The award, which is sponsored by Chase Bank, is given to a person or organization that worked to create a positive impact and perception of the area. It was the seventh year for the event, which is a community-wide celebration of the accomplishments that are helping move Flint and Genesee County forward.

William Wakefield, winner of poster session discussing Autodrive competition.

Student Wins Michigan ITS Poster Contest

William Wakefield (’22, Applied Mathematics) won first place and a $2,000 scholarship Oct. 5 in a poster contest at the 2021 Michigan Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Conference.

Wakefield is a member of the University’s AutoDrive team. His poster’s design was on the AutoDrive Challenge and the work the team is doing to develop an autonomous vehicle.


Diane Peters, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Diane Peters Receives Patent Recognition Award

Dr. Diane Peters, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the Patent Recognition Award at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) annual conference, WE21, Oct. 21-23 in Indianapolis.

Peters received the award in honor of a patent granted for microfluidic device and method using double anodic bonding, for which she was one of the named inventors.

This is the second consecutive year Peters has received the award.