FLINT, MI — Several Kettering University technology partners and students showcased interactive projects on campus Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 for this year’s Founders’ Week.
The free showcase is the first event of the university’s first Founders’ Week as part of its centennial celebration. Kettering usually has an annual Founders’ Day but it was expanded this year for the celebration. Students and staff came and went as they pleased for the duration of the event.
“It’s an opportunity for staff and students to get out and mix it up with our partners, get to learn a little bit about what we are working on,” said Kip Darcy, vice president of enrollment management and marketing. “I hope they get an appreciation for the very notion of partnership because we don’t do this alone.”
Participating partners included General Motors, Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc., Light Guide Systems, BorgWarner, Cooper Standard, Glass and Mirror Craft, Bosch Corp. and Hurley Medical Center.
All partners were set up in their own booths where representatives of each company would describe and demonstrate the project. The projects ranged in size, display and interaction.
At the General Motors booth, many students gathered to observe a dark-gray Chevrolet Camaro with the hood and trunk open. They also had an infotainment test bench that showed early testing they might do to test out the radio and controls.
“We are displaying how to calibrate the vehicles and showing them what different technologies and things we do to the engine and transmission calibration,” GM Engineer Heather Kelly said. “We are here to talk about General Motors and show off some cool engineering tasks we take on.”
Alongside the corporate partners were student projects as well.
Kettering student Eric Stuckey had a small vehicle as part of Kettering’s Baja SAE on display. He said it was developed by students from scratch and is constantly being worked on to make it better.
“It’s always a great time to show off to our sponsors or co-op companies,” Stuckey said. “It’s always great to show the admin what we’ve been working on because they don’t have time to get around to the garage or work with us. It’s always great to get some information from BorgWarner or GM because they talk to us when we are out here.”
Newly enrolled Kettering student Sincha Zhang said they’ve always had an interest in the car industry and attended the event to learn more about the companies and network.
“Kettering’s educational model is built on an application of academics and practical work experience, so our corporate partners are super important to us, so being able to showcase that is key,” said Kip Darcy, vice president of enrollment management and marketing. “We were founded a hundred years ago as an integral part of an industry,”
Founders’ Week is a six-day event consisting of several celebrations for students, staff and partners.. For more information on ticketing and details on specific events, visit Kettering University’s website or Eventbrite.