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Meet + Greet: Michael Kennedy, Lecturer of Engineering Technology and Management

 | Nov 28, 2016
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Meet + Greet: Michael Kennedy, Lecturer of Engineering Technology and Management

Nov 28, 2016

Long-time Athens resident Michael Kennedy hopes to bring his passion for sustainability and pizza into the classroom.

Where are you from, and how did you make your way to these parts?

I spent part of my childhood growing up in downtown Columbus and then moved to the small town of South Webster near the end of elementary school. When it came time to go to college, OHIO was one of the first schools I applied to. I liked the city of Athens and that Ohio University was a fairly large school but was not located in a large city. Been here ever since.

Where did you prepare for your profession (education), and what was special about it?

I’ve been in the Army for ten years, and a big portion of being a non-commissioned officer involves training soldiers. I’m expected to be able to teach a class or lead an event on one of the many Army tasks with little to no warning. I also have a very diverse education – my master’s is split between mechanical engineering and design.

What will you teach and/or research at the Russ College?

I’ll start off teaching Introduction to Manufacturing Operations, a freshman level course in the Department of Engineering Technology and Management. Currently, my research is in composite materials, primarily with processing techniques and applications.

At the Russ College, we "create for good." You'll be hearing this a lot because it's true. How will you "create for good" while you're at the Russ College?

As an instructor I want to bring the concepts of sustainability into the classroom – not just as something a company does to put another sticker on a label, but as a mindset you should have.

What’s the best local food you’ve had or local spot you've visited, and why?

Goodfella’s pizza. It’s just greasy good. They make a lot of weird/good slices for lunch. Anything with spaghetti on top is worth a try.

What do you do when you're not creating for good?

Running, tinkering/making, and if time permits, I travel.