Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, has announced a gift of $1.6 million from the Wisconsin-based Kern Family Foundation in support of its efforts to shape a new generation of entrepreneurial-minded engineers.
The five-year grant represents a new stage in Kettering's five-year relationship with the foundation; in January, the university was singled out from the colleges and universities participating in the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), an initiative that prepares engineering graduates whose entrepreneurial skills and mindset can help the United States maintain its economic position in a global marketplace, for a "Best In Class" award.
Kettering provost Michael Harris explained that the university is one of several KEEN schools that are teaching customer awareness, business acumen, and societal values along with scientific and engineering fundamentals. Kettering's approach focuses on helping instructors incorporate entrepreneurship education and experiences into the many subjects taught at the university and includes a variety of entrepreneurship-based student activities and staff training.
"We accept with great humility the Kern family's remarkable support that is helping our students drive America's future competitive success," said Kettering president Stan Liberty. "We are pleased to be leading the development of the Kerns' vision into a national model for engineering education."