Creating Value by Connecting Students With Customers 14 Those with an aptitude for engineering enter the field for a variety of reasons. Dr. Kim Bigelow, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dayton, was motivated by her desire to help others. Through a cooperative partnership with the Kettering Health Network and Dr. Suzanne Coleman, Bigelow and her students are doing exactly that by helping disabled individuals improve their quality of life.