Alumni Spotlight - Dexter Shreve, '13

Dexter Shreve portrait


Major: Technology
Graduated: 2013

Although Dexter's journey to Kent State was shaped by his athletic talent— he was recruited from Redkey, Ind., to join the Men’s Varsity Track and Field team—he credits his career success to the education he received at the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. “There are not many colleges where you get the hands-on experience like you do at KSU.”

Dexter credits the hands-on learning experiences for preparing him for the real-world challenges of his career. In particular, the Materials and Processes class provided him with essential skills in machining, welding, and casting, which he later applied in various engineering roles.

The unwavering support from faculty and staff also played a pivotal role in Dexter's journey. He vividly remembers a defining moment when a staff member said they recognized in him the ability to “get things done and do it in a professional way.” This encouragement fueled Dexter's determination, leading to significant milestones such as landing his first engineering job and swiftly advancing through various roles in the industry including engineering technician, mechanical designer/drafter, design engineer and manufacturing engineer.

Today, as an owner and operator of Day Piston Company in Cleveland, Dexter's days are dynamic and focused on managing resources—time, people, products, and services—and improving processes. Despite the challenges of entrepreneurship, Dexter remains driven to grow his business and contribute to the manufacturing landscape in the Cleveland area.

Reflecting on his education at Kent State, Dexter underscores the practical application of the Applied Engineering programs, which form the backbone of his professional endeavors, from conceptualizing and designing to even overseeing the casting of metals. Currently, Dexter's company is exploring the possibility of incorporating Aluminum permanent mold casting into their operations, aiming to streamline their supply chain. "This is something I would know nothing about if it weren't for the material and processes labs at Kent," Dexter acknowledges, emphasizing the invaluable role of his alma mater in shaping his career trajectory.

Now, Dexter is committed to giving back to Kent State's community by engaging with current students and graduates. He actively seeks opportunities to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and offers valuable insights into the world of manufacturing. Dexter's dedication to paying it forward highlights the enduring spirit of Kent State's alumni network. His advice for current students: Enjoy what you are doing while you are doing it. And always take the coffees, lunches, meetings, or interviews. Sometimes, it really does matter who you know, not what.

Dexter's story serves as an inspiration to current students of Kent State's College of Aeronautics and Engineering, reminding them that with passion, perseverance, and a supportive community, anything is possible. Dare Mighty Things!

POSTED: Thursday, February 15, 2024 10:13 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2024 10:13 AM