2018 Year in Review: Kettering University Campus News

Kettering University continues to rank highly among U.S. engineering programs and in return on investment. In 2018, Kettering received major gifts, continued to promote innovation among local children, continued to invest in FIRST Robotics, and more.

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Kettering University was ranked 16th nationally among non-Ph.D. granting engineering universities and fifth nationally among Mechanical Engineering programs, according to the 2019 U.S. News and World Report ‘Best Colleges’ edition. Read more.

On average, Kettering University graduates see a 20-year return on investment of $766,000, according to new data released by PayScale.com. PayScale’s 2018 ‘College ROI Report: Best Value Colleges’ ranks Kettering 24th in the country in Return on Investment and first in Michigan and first in the Midwest.  Read more.

Navistar International Corporation donated $2 million to Kettering in support of the planned Learning Commons facility, research initiatives and scholarships. Read more.

Latondra Newton ’91, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company, delivered the Kettering University Commencement Address on June 16. She leads the The Walt Disney Company’s strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives, which help Disney and its employees around the world tell stories that entertain, enlighten, and inspire. Read more.

Gabrielle Scott ’18 learned to push herself out of her comfort zone as a student at Kettering University. She shared insights from her journey as the student speaker at Kettering University’s Commencement Ceremony. Read more.

Students wear retro GMI gear

Kettering students, faculty, alumni, staff and parents are enjoying retro GMI gear available at the C-Store on campus and through Kettering’s online store. The sweatshirts, T-shirts and coffee mugs display GMI and GMI-EMI crests and logos as a throwback for the University’s Centennial year. Read more.

For the third consecutive year, Kettering hosted double, back-to-back FIRST Robotics district competitions on its campus. More than 80 mid-Michigan teams came to Flint in March for the events. Read more.

Kettering University’s Metal Muscle, FIRST Robotics Team 1506, took first place this summer at their first International Invitational Competition in China. Metal Muscle was in the winning alliance, alongside Team 694 StuyPulse, and Team 5522 Stargazer, at the Qianjiang International Robotics Invitational in HangZhou. Read more.

For the fifth year, Kettering University brought more than 100 young inventors to brainstorm, plan and present their ideas and inventions to the community. The Young Innovators program received a $3,000 grant from the Stella & Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust fund through The Huntington Private Bank in Flint to help the program continue. Read more.

The Young Innovators Program was awarded a $6,000 grant from the Community Impact Fund and the Bruce B. Mackey Fund for Education through the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Read more.

Flint high school students spent two weeks learning how to design, build and program robots in Kettering University’s FIRST Robotics Community Center thanks to Ford Motor Company. Read more.

Kettering University’s English as a Second Language program this month welcomed five students from partnering institutions in China and Vietnam to participate in a unique ESL and Robotics Summer Program. Read more.