Take A Look At Our Centennial Celebration

Relive The University's History With Retro Gear

Kettering University students wear retro GMI sweatshirts and t-shirts.

A new line of t-shirts, sweatshirts and coffee mugs paying homage to the unique history of what is now Kettering University is available at Kettering’s C-Store and online. General Motors Institute, The School of Automobile Trades and Flint Institute of Technology are all represented.

Tim Noonan, the author of GMI/Kettering University at 100.

Also available now in the C-Store and coming soon to online is the special centennial tribute book, "GMI/Kettering University at 100" by acclaimed author Troupe "Tim" Noonan. 

Kettering University: The Future of Education Built a Century Ago


Our History

Kettering University/GMI throughout the years.

A group of visionaries from Flint founded Kettering University in 1919 as The School of Automobile Trades. It opened under the direction of Major Albert Sobey with the goal of training technical and management talent for the rapidly growing automobile industry. By 1923 the school had grown to offer a full four-year cooperative education program enrolling more than 600 full-time students, and in recognition of this growth Major Sobey rechristened it the Flint Institute of Technology. Three years later and appreciating the importance of cooperative education, the General Motors Corporation acquired the school, renaming it the General Motors Institute (GMI).

For the next 56 years, GM operated the school as GMI, and it became for the company one of its best sources of creative and successful engineering and managerial talent. By 1945 the Institute had added a fifth-year thesis requirement and had evolved into a full degree-granting university with a unique educational model built upon an ongoing and strong commitment to cooperative education.

In 1982, GM divested itself of ownership of the school, and it became the private, non-profit University it is today, however first under the name GMI Engineering & Management Institute (GMI-EMI). Shortly thereafter the institution began offering Master’s-level graduate programs to both on and off campus students.

On January 1, 1998, GMI-EMI changed its name a final time to honor a founder of the institution, Charles Kettering (1876-1958), an inventor, an industrialist, and an early and strong proponent of professional cooperative education. Today as Kettering University, the school continues this historic tradition, and in 2019 will mark its centennial year. Over that proud 100-year history, Kettering University has become one of the country’s premier STEM institutions and is known around the world for educating great and successful leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers, scientists, and business people.


PAST EVENTS

FOUNDERS' WEEK CELEBRATION

October 15 – 20, 2019
Kettering University campus, Flint, MI

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PRESIDENT’S CENTENNIAL LECTURE SERIES

September 12, 2019
Speaker, Sean McBurney ‘03

ALUMNI CONNECTIONS WEEK

September 9 – 14, 2019

More than 550 alumni attended 30 events in 13 states and 2 countries.

ATWOOD STADIUM RACES AND COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

July 20, 2019
Flint, MI

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COMMENCEMENT

June 15, 2019
Kettering University campus, Flint, MI

MAJOR SOBEY GOLF OUTING

June 8, 2019
Coyote Preserve Golf Club, Fenton, MI

SAE AT THE DAC

April 9, 2019
Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit, MI

SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

March 8, 2019
Kettering University campus, Flint, MI

ARIZONA REGIONAL ALUMNI LUNCH

February 21, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona

PRESIDENT’S CENTENNIAL LECTURE SERIES

February 19, 2019
Kettering University campus, Flint, MI
Speaker, Marie Johnson ‘90, PhD

FLORIDA REGIONAL ALUMNI LUNCH

January 15, 2019
Naples, Florida

PRESIDENT’S CENTENNIAL LECTURE SERIES

November 7, 2018 - Exceptional Leadership and Service: A Panel Discussion
Kettering University campus, Flint, MI
Panelists: Liz Murphy '87, Professor Ken Williams, Harschal Patel '19, and Professor Laura Sullivan

ALUMNI AWARDS CEREMONY

October 25, 2018
Townsend Hotel, Birmingham, MI

FOUNDERS' DAY CELEBRATION

October 19, 2018
Kettering University campus, Flint, MI