Welcome President Stan Liberty

Jul 5, 2005

Kettering's sixth president joins campus.

A new chapter in the history of Kettering University began July 5, 2005, when Dr. Stanley R. Liberty became Kettering's sixth president. He succeeds Dr. James E.A. John, who retired June 30 after 14 years of dedicated service.

Dr. Liberty comes to Kettering from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where he had been provost and vice president for Academic Affairs since January of 1998. Before joining Bradley, he served as dean of Engineering for 13 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and as that university's interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. He was the Nebraska representative on the Science and Technology Council of the States, a working group of the National Governor's Association, and he advised Governor's Orr and Nelson on science and technology matters.

He also served as department chair of Electrical Engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and as a faculty member at Texas Tech University, where he was founding director of Texas Tech's center for energy research, an associate dean of graduate studies, and a member of the Texas Energy Advisory Council.

Prior to his academic career he was employed as a design engineer by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Dr. Liberty's research has been supported by grants from several federal agencies including NSF, NASA and the Office of Naval Research.

In 1976 he was named the Outstanding Young Electrical Engineering Professor in the United States by Eta Kappa Nu (the C. Holmes MacDonald Award), and he is a 2005 recipient of the University of Notre Dame's College of Engineering Honor Award for "significant contributions to the advancement of engineering, or meritorious achievements in engineering." Dr. Liberty was born and raised in Gray, Maine, and earned his bachelor's, master'sand doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.


As Dr. Liberty joins Kettering's campus, a number of rankings and new endeavors greet him.

Kettering remains ranked #1 for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and has three key programs in the top ten in the 2005 edition of "America's Best Colleges Guide," which is published by "U.S. News & World Report." It is the fifth year in a row that Kettering has been ranked tops in the country. Kettering's category is Undergraduate Engineering schools, whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's degree.



The rankings are:
#1 - Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
#8 - Mechanical Engineering
#9 - Electrical and Computer Engineering
#14 - overall ranking for Kettering University.
For more: http://www.kettering.edu/news/archivedDetail.asp?storynum=281

A grand opening June 15 formally opened Kettering's Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration. The state-of-the-art fuel cell center is the state's most advanced research site for fuel cell technology. It has been the three-year dream of Dr. K. Joel Berry, head of the Mechanical Engineering Department and director of the fuel cell center. The center provides an opportunity for the University to partner with Michigan and the nation for developing advanced technologies. It is also an opportunity for Kettering and the Center to play a vital role in the economic development of Flint, including the creation of jobs to improve the quality of life for citizens, and for training the next generation of engineers who will develop future technologies. For more: http://www.kettering.edu/news/archivedDetail.asp?storynum=281

The campus continues to settle into the new C.S. Mott Engineering and Science Center. The $42 million project was named for auto pioneer C.S. Mott in June 2003. It incorporates a high-tech exterior look, housing a new century of Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, research and laboratories and was the first new academic building at Kettering in 70 years. For more: http://www.kettering.edu/newsArchives/Wc82ef7d01b0d.htm

Research is a growing endeavor at Kettering. An environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) has made a big impact in lots of tiny ways on campus in the past three years. For more: http://www.kettering.edu/news/archivedDetail.asp?storynum=274

Contributing to the community and improving the lives of others is a value Kettering students and employees hold dear. That includes the recent kindness of bone-marrow donor Carl Gansen. For more: http://www.kettering.edu/news/archivedDetail.asp?storynum=271

Ongoing efforts to support the success of minority students studying engineering have been honored at both the national and state levels. Kettering's most recent recognition is from the National Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), which announced $225,000 in scholarship support over the next five years. For more: http://www.kettering.edu/news/archivedDetail.asp?storynum=275

Kettering's approach to Bioengineering Applications is unique when compared to other institutions. The approach insures that engineers have the requisite fundamental background in engineering necessary to serve as mechanical engineers while developing a thorough understandingof Bioengineering concepts. For more: http://www.kettering.edu/news/archivedDetail.asp?storynum=270

Alumni remain an active and important part of campus. Hundreds turned out in May for the annual Alumni Weekend. For more: http://www.kettering.edu/news/archivedDetail.asp?storynum=269

Compiled by Patricia Mroczek
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