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Kettering on Twitter Kettering Sites Kettering Facebook National leaders—among those celebrating the KEEN “Best in Class” award—were (from left) Associate Provost Mark Wicks, Vice President of Enrollment Management Frank Hribar, Dr. Craig Hoff, KEEN Program Director Tim Kriewall, Professor Art DeMonte, Dr. Bill Riffe, Provost Michael Harris, Dr. Andy Borchers, Kern Family Foundation President Jim Rahn, Dr. Doug Melton and Kettering Tech Works Director Neil Sheridan.

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Kettering’s cutting-edge approach to educating for innovation and entrepreneurship won a national award as ‘Best in Class” for teaching students how to become innovators. The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) presented the award to Kettering during the winter convention in Orlando. Kettering Provost Michael Harris accepted the award during ceremonies in January. “The Kettering community is humbled and proud to accept this national acknowledgment of our leadership role in fostering a new paradigm to develop entrepreneurship, teamwork and innovation. It has become a core purpose in our educational approach,” Harris said. President Liberty said the University is honored to be singled out for this award, especially among the prestigious institutions in the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network. “The Kern philosophy is based on excellence in customer awareness, business

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acumen, societal values and technical fundamentals.” President Liberty thanked Provost Harris for leading this valuable initiative that will have a long-term impact. Harris said that among the activities, Kettering focused on two term-long faculty workshops, where 36 professors participated in meetings to shape the enhancement of

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the Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum program on campus. “Faculty completed

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the program with knowledge, skills and a spirit for enhancing an academic culture of entrepreneurship and innovation that will impact students and we believe the region, the state and beyond,” he explained.

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For example, Professor Doug Melton of Electrical and Computer Engineering was successful in getting his students to think creatively and competitively about developing new science and technology displays at the Flint Children’s Museum. The project generated new exhibits for the museum, which is located on Kettering’s campus. Harris said, “we are just getting started. Kettering is on its way to impact the region and the state. Innovation,” he argues “is a key element on competitiveness and we are committed to bring it back to the nation.”

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Kettering’s involvement in KEEN Kettering University has been involved with efforts by the Kern Family Foundation since 2006. Kettering received two $50,000 grants through KEEN in 2006 and 2007 to implement courses in the entrepreneurial mindset and to develop the Kettering Entrepreneur Society (KES, www.kesociety.com). KES is a student-led organization that sponsors business plan competitions, provides support services and seed funding for start-up businesses and innovation culture at Kettering. Professors Andy Borchers, William Riffe and Massoud Tavakoli sparked the early efforts. In 2008, Kettering received $225,000 to develop and implement its innovative Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum program, which earned recognition as ‘Best in Class.’ President Liberty and Dr. Harris also worked personally with Robert and Patricia Kern, who encouraged Kettering to be an economic development engine for the state. About KEEN KEEN is a collaboration of 20 universities around the country that are working to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering and technology students. Graduates of KEEN schools will be prepared to identify new business opportunities that are based upon technology, especially new technology. Some of the country’s KEEN institutions include Baylor University (Texas), Boston University (Massachusetts), Bradley University (Illinois) and Kettering. This entry was posted in Spring 2010 and tagged Kettering Kudos. Bookmark the permalink. ← Winter 2010 Kettering Perspective is available for download

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