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A team of 32 Kettering University students participated in the DECA State Career Development Conference Feb. 20-21.

Kettering DECA Team Earns Multiple Awards

The team, which consists of business, engineering, science, technology and math majors, took home 15 first-place awards, 11 second-place awards, five third-place awards and one finalist medallion.

For the first time in 27 years, everyone on Team Kettering was announced as a winner. Kettering had the largest participating team, with half of its members participating in collegiate DECA for the first time.

All team members are eligible to compete in the International Career Development Conference in April.

Seven other universities also participated: Clearly University, Davenport University, Delta College, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Northwood University and Oakland University.

DECA promotes professionalism through business and entrepreneurship at both the collegiate and high school levels throughout the world.

Dr. Raghu Echempati, professor of mechanical engineering

Professor Delivers Several Speeches During Winter Term

Professor Dr. Raghu Echempati participated in several professional events during the Winter 2021 term, including delivering keynote or invited speeches at international conferences, workshops and lectures, while promoting University undergraduate and graduate programs. Audiences included faculty and students from various engineering colleges, including the University’s partner school in China, the Wuhan University of Technology.

Lecture topics were:

  • “Global Perspectives and Challenges of Education”
  • “Frugal and Reverse Innovations in Engineering”
  • “Advances in Lightweight Materials and their Applications to Mobility Systems”
  • “Fundamentals of Finite Element Methods and Analysis”
  • “Linkages and Geartrain Mechanisms Design”
The 2021 Kettering University Model UN team.

University Model UN Team Represents at Harvard

Pictured: Dr. Michael Callahan, Hemanth Tadepalli, Nick Findlay and Declan Blaeuer

The Kettering University Model United Nations team represented the University and the Delegation of Mauritania at the 67th Harvard National Model United Nations Conference.

The team participated in the Disarmament and International Security, Economic/Financial and the Legal committees during the virtual event, which took place Feb. 11-14. The resolution Hemanth Tadepalli (’24, Computer Science) worked on with other delegates from different nations and schools passed for the first time in three years.

Congratulations to the following: Declan Blaeuer (’21, ME), Nick Findlay (’22, ME), Hemanth Tadepalli (’24, Computer Science) and Faculty Advisor Dr. Michael Callahan.

Dr. Kristy Brinker Brouwer, professor of mechanical engineering

Professor Speaker at Child Safety Webinar

Professor Kristy Brinker Brouwer was an invited speaker of the webinar, “Child Safety: The New Decade and Beyond.”

During the Feb. 19 event, she spoke about her role as the chairperson for the Children in Autonomous Vehicles Consortium and what her global team is doing to implement changes and awareness in autonomous vehicle development, testing and regulations, specific to the needs of children.

The event was hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine.

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