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Olivia Wright (’23, IE/MGMT)

Olivia Wright Receives Collegiate Guiding Star Award

Olivia Wright (’23, IE/MGMT) was named a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Collegiate Guiding Star.

This award recognizes exceptional collegiate leaders who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community and have been a member of SWE for at least two years. No more than 15 Guiding Star Awards are presented each year nationally.

“It is such an honor to be nominated by the section. Thank you for this opportunity,” Wright said. “All of our ideas and initiatives could not be possible without the tremendous support and help from our members.”

Wright will receive the award at the SWE Local Conference in Buffalo, New York, in April.


The new Kettering University Robots for Fall 2021.

Robot Honor Society Inducts New Members

Eight new members were welcomed into the Robot Honor Society on Dec. 7 during an event.

The Robot Honor Society recognizes 1 percent of students for their outstanding creative leadership, service that transcends self and citizenship that demonstrates responsibility. Students go through a highly selective process conducted by their peers, staff and faculty.

Congratulations to the following new members:

  • Parker Authier, ’22, EE/CE
  • Alexandra Bahm, ’24, Management
  • Rachel Learman, ’22, Biochemestry
  • Austin Schmitz, ’23, ME
  • Candance Ulett, ’22, ME
  • Valerie Verhaeghe, ’22, Applied Biology
  • Dr. Veronica Moorman, Associate Professor of Biochemistry
  • Dr. Allan Taylor, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
Students presented a case report on hospice care during the pandemic.

Kettering Among Top Teams of International Competition

A Kettering team took second place in the Standards for Educational Advancement and Accreditation Fifth Instant Case Competition on Nov. 27.

The team of Gerardo Rios (’21, ME), Adam Hudecek (’23, ME) and Curtis Bartz (’21, EE) took second place for their presentation, “Hospice Care During COVID-19.” Another Kettering team, Haley Fox (’21, ME), William Moss (’24, CS) and Paulene Lasaca (’26, Management) was among the 12 finalists of the competition, too.

The competition, “B-School Challenges for Preparing Leaders for Digital Era,” consisted of a written case analysis and video case presentation, judged by a panel of experts from academia and industry.

Professor John Grether used the competition as a group assignment in his Management 101 class and encouraged the two teams to enter the contest.

“I am especially proud of these students and their ability to engage in a broader discussion of the application of technology to business and social issues, as by doing so they fundamentally support the Kettering brand,” Grether said.

The virtual event took place in New Delhi, India.

The fall 2021 Alpha Phi Mu inductees.

Alpha Pi Mu Initiates Five New Members

Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society, initiated five new members during a ceremony Dec. 7.

To qualify for membership, students must be in the top 20 percent of their junior class or top 33 percent of their senior class and exhibit positive character traits.

Congratulations to the following students:

Chloe Wegener (’22, IE)

Lauren Tithof (’23, IE)

Wyatt Moser (’23, IE)

Olivia Wright (’23, IE and Mgmt)

Emily Hong (’24, IE).