Oswald International Fellowships

May 17, 2011

An alumni-endowed fellowship will send Kettering faculty to Sweden and Germany this year for teaching and research opportunities.

Two Kettering University faculty members have been awarded the Oswald International Faculty Fellowships for 2011-2012. Dr. Jennifer Aurandt, assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Dr. Craig Hoff, professor of Mechanical Engineering, will each receive a $5,000 fellowship to sponsor international travel, teaching and research.

The Oswald International Fellowships at Kettering University are underwritten by a generous gift from Kettering alumnus and trustee Bob Oswald and his wife Marcy Oswald.

A selection committee of six faculty members, including previous Oswald Faculty Fellowship recipients, evaluates applications and makes recommendations each year.

This year the Oswald International Faculty Fellowships will make it possible for Dr. Aurandt to accept an invitation by the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology at Linköping University, Sweden, to lecture on “Material for Sustainable Energy Production” in the area of the Biochemistry and Biogas production.

She will also visit the existing biogas generation infrastructure as well as the industrial biogas laboratories that support the biogas plants in Sweden. In addition, it is Dr. Aurandt’s goal to establish a research collaboration between the Linköping laboratory and the Flint Center of Energy Excellence in Biogas at Kettering.

Dr. Hoff has been working with the Office of International Programs and Reutlingen University to make the Mechanical Engineering Program in Reutlingen more appealing to Kettering’s study-abroad students. He will continue his collaboration with Reutlingen University and teach MECH 545 (Hybrid Electric Vehicle Propulsion) in Germany during the Fall 2011 Term. Dr. Hoff will also engage in research in Reutlingen and work on expanding Kettering’s relationship not only with Reutlingen University, but also other German and European institutions.

“Professor Aurandt’s and Professor Hoff’s initiatives are well aligned with the goals sponsored by the Oswald Fellowship,” said Dr. Robert Simpson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, “it is my belief that their championship in academic and educational efforts will help promote Kettering University globally and enhance the international programs at Kettering University.

Contact: Dawn Hibbard