Kettering University’s College of Engineering brings together key alumni, corporate partners to prepare students for the future

Kettering University’s College of Engineering formed a Dean’s Advisory Council this year to continue preparing students for the future and ever-changing industry.

The Advisory Council, which is comprised of 10 members, first met in May of 2018. All but one are Kettering University alumni.  Group photo of the College of Engineering Dean's Advisory Council

“It’s absolutely essential to be getting feedback from our corporate sponsors. This lets us think at a higher level and a more holistic level,” said Dr. Craig Hoff, Dean of the College of Engineering at Kettering. “Ultimately the purpose of the council is to move this College of Engineering forward. We want to be relevant. We want to prepare young people today for the future. The world is changing and engineering is at the forefront of that. Everything we are doing is for the students.”

Feedback from the Advisory Council would lead to enhancements to the co-op programs, on-campus research programs, the course curriculum and additional activities for the College of Engineering.

For now the council will meet as a whole on a bi-annual basis with subcommittees meeting more frequently. More people could be added to the council in the future, as well.

Hoff said he was thankful and impressed by the board members’ willingness and eagerness to be involved with the council and bring new opportunities to the College of Engineering.

“We basically put in front of them an opportunity to come back and help Kettering and they all were thrilled to give back,” Hoff said. “The people that we asked are all people that were in positions that required them to think strategically about their companies and their business. That’s exactly what we need for the college — people who can think strategically about the future of engineering and apply that to the future of the College of Engineering at Kettering.”

The Kettering University College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council includes:

  • Mike Brosseau ‘90, Former President of Brose North America, Inc.

  • Brady Ericson ‘94, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of BorgWarner Inc.

  • Denise Gray ‘86, President of LG Chem Michigan Inc. Tech Center

  • Elizabeth Griffith ‘77, Director of Engineering at Faurecia Interior Systems

  • Mary Gustanski ‘85, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Delphi Technologies, Inc.

  • Louis Infante ‘73, Principal Consultant at VehNergy Consulting

  • Doug Patton, Senior Technical Advisor at DENSO International America, Inc.

  • Ron Rath ‘91, Chief Executive Officer at TECAT Performance Systems

  • Jason Roycht ‘96, Vice President & Regional Business Leader, Commercial Vehicle & Off-Road Division at Robert Bosch, LLC

  • Carla Sarti ‘98, Vice President, Global Business Services at Lear Corporation