Bob Lutz revs up students

By Website Administrator | Dec 2, 2002

Bob Lutz, chairman of General Motors North America and vice chairman of Product Development for the automaker, encouraged students to be passionate about their work and not hesitate to challenge the status quo.

Bob Lutz, chairman of General Motors North America and vice chairman of Product Development for the automaker, encouraged students to be passionate about their work and not hesitate to challenge the status quo. "Be a boat rocker," he told the standing room only crowd in McKinnon Theatre Monday, Nov. 25. Lutz was invited to address students by Qasar Younis,Student Governement president for B Section.

Students were treated to an audio-visual presentation of the new GM auto line including the resurrected Pontiac GTO and the new Pontiac Solstice, in addition to some free career advice. Lutz told Kettering students to question the old way of doing things and to be part of producing something new, different and better.

Following his prepared presentation, Lutz took questions from the students and then talked individually with a handfull of students, before touring state of the art labs on campus and the Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry Center currently under construction. He wrapped up his visit at a reception with student leaders who presented him with a Kettering sweatshirt.

Although a graduate of the University of California at Berkley, Lutz spent a six-week term at Kettering (then GMI) in the1960s. His career has included Marine Corps pilot, General Motors, BMW, Ford and Chrysler, followed by his return to GM to head North American operations and Product Development.

 

 

Written by Dawn Hibbard
(810) 762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu