[Congressional Record Volume 158, Number 54 (Monday, April 16, 2012)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E538-E539]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                          HON. DALE E. KILDEE

                              of michigan

                    in the house of representatives

                         Monday, April 16, 2012

  Mr. KILDEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Dr. Robert K. McMahan 
on the occasion of his inauguration on April 20 as Kettering 
University's seventh President.
  Since its founding in 1919, Kettering University in my hometown of 
Flint, Michigan has been pioneering technology and preparing students 
to become innovators and leaders. It is the country's premier 
engineering, science and business university dedicated to co-op 
education. It is a national leader in preparing entrepreneurs and is 
ranked among the nation's finest specialty schools.
  Dr. McMahan is the ideal person to be leading Kettering as it charts 
a path from its storied legacy of technical leadership to its 
entrepreneurial spirit today. As Kettering University celebrates its 
history and marches confidently toward an exciting future, it will do 
so with an enormously gifted new President who is an innovative thinker 
with a broad range of academic, business, management and government 
experiences. Robert K. McMahan has explored the foundations of the 
universe as a groundbreaking researcher. He has been a leader in 
academics, an advisor to high government officials and as a private 
sector entrepreneur has created initiatives that have driven innovation 
and technology.
  Prior to his arrival at Kettering, Dr. McMahan was the Founding Dean 
of the Kimmel School and Professor of Engineering at Western Carolina 
University; the Kimmel School is Western's College of Engineering and 
Technology. Before his tenure at the Kimmel School, Dr. McMahan was the 
Senior Advisor to the Governor of North Carolina for

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Science and Technology, and the Executive Director of the North 
Carolina Board of Science and Technology. In this role he also acted as 
a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, the General Assembly, 
and the Economic Development Board.
  Prior to his work with the Governor, he was a Senior Technology 
Strategist and Venture Capitalist for In-Q-Tel, a private venture 
capital organization funded by the CIA, where he was responsible for 
developing a technology investment strategy for the intelligence 
community, and then deriving, molding, and structuring individual 
investments and technologies within the portfolio in response to it.
  Before joining ln-Q-Tel, he was Executive Vice President of 
Engineering and R&D for GretagMacbeth, LLC, where he was responsible 
for the company's worldwide research, engineering, and product 
development activities and for the creation and operation of the 
company's Advanced Technology Laboratories in the Research Triangle 
  Mr. Speaker, I congratulate Dr. Robert K. McMahan as he prepares to 
share his vision for Kettering University's future on the occasion of 
his inauguration as its President.