Phi Eta Psi Fraternity member and Kettering University professor was recently selected as a top member in one of the leading organizations in the engineering profession.
Dr. K. Joel Berry, professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University, was chosen to be an American Society of Mechanical Engineering Fellow. Only the top 3 percent of the more than 100,000 Mechanical Engineering faculty members nationwide are accepted as fellows. ASME Fellows are nominated by their peers, and must have at least 10 years of active practice and 10 years of continuous active membership in the organization. Berry was nominated by Dr. Raghu Echempati, professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University and chair of the Saginaw Valley chapter of ASME.
While attending General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), Berry became a member of Phi Eta Psi-Beta Chapter. As a 1979 graduate of Kettering/GMI, Berry is the academic department head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at his alma mater, which he has led for the past 21 years. Kettering University is a national leader in engineering and industrial education and has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards. Under Dr. Berry’s leadership, Kettering University is ranked 2nd in the “America’s Best Colleges” guide for Mechanical Engineering and again ranked in the Top 25 of all college engineering programs. In addition, Kettering University has held the perennial #1 ranking in Industrial /Manufacturing Engineering.
Dr. Berry elected to teach at Kettering University because of the institution's ideas. Specifically, the Kettering student has a strong commitment to excel, which he finds pleasing. His favorite part about teaching is sharing the joy of learning with his students.
Dr. Berry earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute, a Master’s degree from Michigan State University and possesses a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Melon University, with expertise in fuel cells, heat transfer and computational fluid dynamics. Dr. Berry has been the recipient of much recognition and numerous accolades over the years, as he continues to exert a positive influence in the arenas of technology leadership and mechanical engineering education.