Welcome to LITE

As a participant, you will learn how to make a difference in the real world through building your engineering skills. LITE offers challenging and fun subjects to explore and attracts smart and talented students from all over the country who want to make a difference in people's lives.

Course Descriptions


Learn why our bones and muscles take particular shapes and how gravity impacts skeletal structures. Find out why something as simple as walking is actually highly complex. | Drs. Pat and Theresa Atkinson


Learn the principles of auto-collision reconstruction, why engineers analyze collisions, and about occupant kinematics: how drivers and passengers interact with vehicle safety systems during a collision. | Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari, Crash Safety Center


Learn how the choices engineers make when designing and manufacturing everyday products can affect people, the environment, and energy consumption. Students will measure how work methods affect their own musculoskeletal system and take a field trip to a real production facility.|Dr. Justin Young and Professor Farnaz Ghazi-Nezami


Learn the basics of biochemistry, including the four main biomolecules. You’ll isolate fat from potato chips, perform an immunoassay and run DNA fingerprinting gel electrophoresis to solve a fictitious crime. | Drs. Stacey Seeley and Ali Zand


Assemble and program a LEGO robot that utilizes sensors to accomplish various missions. This hands-on workshop emphasizes collaborative team work, logical problem-solving methodology, and application of basic mathematics. | Dr. Pete Gheresus


Photonics is the science and technology of harnessing light and putting it to work; it is the underpinning technology for such mainstays of modern life as the Internet, laptops, tablets and smart-phones, new medical instruments for imaging, diagnostics and treatment, energy-efficient lighting technologies and more. In this course you will learn how light-based technologies are changing the landscape of our daily lives, promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges. | Dr. Corneliu Rablau

LITE Mentors

Each year, we recruit Kettering undergraduate women to mentor LITE Program participants. They're a lot like you. They love math and science. And, they plan to make a difference in the real world by pursuing engineering careers in a wide variety of industries.

LITE mentors will contact participants as soon as our acceptance letters go out, and keep in touch with them until the program begins in mid-July. They'll provide information about what to pack, and what to expect. Once LITE begins, participants and mentors will really get to know each other and many friendships will persist long after the LITE Program ends.

If you'd like to contact a LITE mentor, please let us know. Email us at LITE@kettering.edu and we'll put you in touch with one of our students.

Contacting Participants

Upon check-in, LITE participants will be given the telephone number for their particular room at Thompson Hall if they do not have a cell phone. Participants should give the number to their parents as soon as possible.

Address mail to LITE Program participants as follows:

Participant's Name
LITE Program
Kettering University
Office of Women Student Affairs
1700 University Avenue
Flint, MI 48504-4898

If parents are unable to reach their daughters directly, they may leave messages for LITE Program participants during our normal business hours (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., EDT). Please call Debbie Stewart, LITE program director, at (810) 762-9679.

Program Contact

Debbie Stewart

LITE Program Director



Can I, or my parents, speak to someone who has already attended LITE?

Absolutely! We have a list of former LITE participants who will be happy to speak with you. Send us an email at LITE@kettering.edu and we'll put you in touch with a former participant.

Where will I live while attending LITE?

You'll live in Thompson Hall, our student residence. We've set aside a special area for LITE Program participants and their mentors. Also, you'll eat in our cafeteria with Kettering undergraduates, faculty, and staff.

Can I commute to LITE if I live nearby?

No. LITE is a residential program designed to give you a taste of college life, including living away from home.

Can I go home on the weekend if I live nearby?

No. You must remain on campus throughout the LITE Program. Permission to leave campus, other than for our own scheduled excursions, will be granted only under the most extraordinary, and verifiable circumstances.

Can my friends and relatives visit me during the LITE Program?

Sorry, no visitors are allowed. We will invite your parents and siblings to the LITE Banquet on the last night of the program.

What is there to do for fun during LITE?

We've planned several social excursions for the program, but you'll also have plenty of time to hang out on campus and work out in our state-of-the-art Recreation Center. Facilities there include an indoor pool and spa, fitness room with cardiovascular and strength machines, basketball, tennis, racquet ball, and squash courts, indoor and outdoor tracks, playing fields, and a putting green.

Do LITE classes and labs require homework?

Generally, you will not have any work to do outside of class, except for making a poster presentation in one particular class.