Kettering University welcomes its 2011 freshmen

Jul 8, 2011

There are 165 new faces in the first half of Kettering University's freshman class (A Section), awaiting even more in October's B Section. Welcome to Kettering!

Hey, Class of 2016 - welcome to Kettering University.

Kettering's A Section freshman class will have about 165 fresh faces in it. They will be joined by the second half of the freshman class (B Section) in October.

Kettering once again has attracted many of the country’s finest high school students who are interested in math, business and the sciences.  These entering students will be joined by another newcomer to campus – a new university president!

Dr. Robert K. McMahan Jr. will become Kettering’s seventh president Aug. 1.  He comes to Kettering from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., where he has been the founding dean and professor of The Kimmel School since 2008.   Dr. McMahan is originally from Florida and has lived in North Carolina for most of his adult life. His academic degrees are from Duke, Dartmouth and Harvard’s Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  Read more about President McMahan here.

What else is new?
Co-op jobs are abundant: Freshmen, you are perhaps the most sought after group of entering students in the history of the University.  Kettering’s corporate partners around the country are clamoring for more co-op students.  “Kettering has more co-op job opportunities available than it does students,” said Karen Full, Kettering’s director of Admissions.  “The need is remarkable in today’s job market,” Full said.  “It’s not every day a university has this kind of opportunity.”  Read more about the abundance of co-op opportunities.

Guaranteed seats in med school: For freshmen interested in pursuing studies in Pre-Med or Pre-Pharmacy, Kettering’s latest signing ceremony may be of interest.  Kettering and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) penned an agreement June 14 allowing KU students to complete their medical or pharmaceutical education at the largest medical school in the country. The agreement guarantees Kettering five seats for pre-med students to enter LECOM’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and five seats to enter LECOM’s School of Pharmacy, per entering class.  Read more on this Early Assurance Program with LECOM.

New Chemical Engineering lab: Kettering dedicated a new Chemical Engineering Laboratory on June 1 in the Academic Building.  The new facilities are 3,200 square feet of a state-of-the-art lab, a classroom and design center, a department studio and five faculty offices.  The lab, outfitted with all new instructional laboratory equipment, is the result of a $750,000 investment Kettering made in its newest engineering program.

Dr. Stacy Seeley, program director of Chemical Engineering, said the lab is a major step forward for the University.  “This state-of-the-art facility incorporates prototype systems of conventional industrial processes found within the discipline.  Its opening is a huge milestone for us,” she noted.  Read more and see photos.

There are other physical upgrades awaiting the Class of 2016 and Kettering’s returning students.  Recent updates include:

  • 12 classrooms got technology facelifts of projectors and media carts with audio and media enhancements;
  • 4 classrooms were refreshed with carpet, paint and abatement services;
  • 3 classrooms got new furniture;
  • Department of Business lobby renovation is now completed;
  • Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry got five pieces of equipment and the renovation of two pre-lab rooms into a lab with 24 stations;
  • Video Operations now has upgraded video storage and classrooms;
  • There’s new carpeting and a refresh in the Student Affairs offices and Wellness Center;
  • McKinnon Theater has been improved.
  • And the swimming pool has new ADA-compliance steps. 

Future capital projects in the works are:

  • Department of Computer Science will get a lab enhancement and computer gaming sandbox;
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is planning for technology enhancements for ECE labs and an update on the digital systems lab;
  • Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is redesigning room 3-507 in the Academic Building and just finishing the very cool upgrade of the Ergonomics Lab;  
  • Additional technology equipment is now in the Faculty Senate Conference Room;
  • Initial work has begun to develop a Physics Optics Lab and an upgrade of a Physics II lab;
  • And plans continue to develop for a Math Sciences Experiential Learning Lab.


Will Timothy Norman Johnson graduated as one of the top 10 students at Forest Hills Eastern High School in Grand Rapids.  He finished high school with a 4.10 grade-point average, ran on the cross-country and track teams and participated in the orchestra. He will pursue a degree in Computer Engineering, with a career goal of designing hardware for smartphones and other electronics.

Ryan Webster of Greensboro, N.C., is one of Kettering’s FIRST Scholars.  He was active on Team 1533, Triple Strange from Stella, N.C.  He will study Mechanical Engineering.

Another FIRST Scholar is Jerry Brown-Lacy, from Team 314, Big Mo, at Flint’s Carman-Ainsworth High School.  He will be joined by team mate Marie Klosowski, also of Team 314, Big Mo.

Alex Fladzinski is a FIRST Scholar from Yale.  He was involved with FIRST Robotics for two years on Team 3421, The Tachyon TECs.  An avid outdoorsman, his interest is to build rockets from scratch.  He’ll study Mechanical Engineering and is considering a minor in Electrical Engineering. 

Andrew (Teddy) VanHoeven of Lawton achieved a number of honors in high school, including being Paw Paw Kiwanis Club's Student of the Month in March.  He was in robotics at the Van Buren Technology Center, active in the Business Professionals of America and also a member of the Redskin soccer team for four years, while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average.  He will study Computer Science.

Several new faces on campus are already familiar ones.  Jessica Bruce of Flint, the daughter of former IT employee Alan Bruce, comes to Kettering as a FIRST Scholar.  A graduate of Carman-Ainsworth High School, she has been an active member of Team 314, Big Mo.  She seeks a dual degree in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering and will co-op at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in Elryia, Ohio.

Justin Loper of Beecher High School in Flint, is the son of Michele Loper of University Advancement.  Justin, and his friend Derrick Newman, are both Kettering bound thanks to separate $20,000 scholarships from the Ruth Mott Foundation and Beecher Community donors.

Max Melton, son of Professor Doug Melton of ECE, will study Applied Physics.  He is a graduate of Flushing High School, where he was active in a variety of interests including drama and the arts.

Thomas Ulseth, who just graduated from Grand Blanc High School, also joins A Section.  Thomas is the son of Julie Ulseth, director of Marketing.  He will study Business and is excited that his co-op will allow him to work on snowmobiles at Yamaha Motorsports in Wisconsin.

Although they won’t arrive until B Section, there are two more children of employees coming: Allison Putnam, the daughter of Irene Putnam in Human Resources and Jill William’s daughter, Erica.  They graduated together at Kearsley High School in Flint and will be on campus in October.  Both will study Business.  See a photo.

So welcome freshmen to Kettering University, the home of the nation’s most advanced professional co-operative education program and a national leader in the preparation of innovators and entrepreneurs. We’re glad you’re here!

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Written by Patricia Mroczek