Genik to lead AES

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Jan. 15, 2015

Laura Genik appointed new director of Applied Engineering Sciences

Laura J. Genik has been appointed director of the Applied Engineering Sciences (AES) program in the Michigan State University College of Engineering. She assumes the leadership role of the growing interdisciplinary undergraduate program effective immediately.

AES has more than 250 students; nearly double its student population of just six years ago.

Laura GenikGenik is an academic specialist in the MSU College of Engineering Undergraduates Studies Office, with teaching responsibilities in the college’s Cornerstone and Residential Experience (CoRe) and AES programs.

“I am humbled by the appointment to lead this established program in the college of engineering,” Genik said. “I’m looking forward to honing the vision of AES for the college, the university, and the broader community.”

She replaces Jon Sticklen, who retired last year to take over the Fundamentals of Engineering Department at Michigan Technology University.

Genik earned her BS, MS, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from MSU.  She began her academic career at the University of Portland, in Oregon, and served as visiting faculty at Wayne State University before coming to MSU in January 2007. 

Her scholarly research emphasizes engineering pedagogy. She has been recognized with outstanding teaching nominations and awards at each institution in which she has taught, including the Withrow Teaching Award at MSU from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Most recently, Genik was selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) in October 2014, a symposium for innovative, engineering educators.

Applied Engineering Sciences at Michigan State University
AES students study a core that combines math, statistics, and basic science across most engineering disciplines. It prepares students with strong analytical capabilities, business knowledge, leadership, and communications skills.

Of the more than 250 current AES students, 78 percent are male and 22 percent are female. About 80 percent are from Michigan and more than 12 percent are international students.

AES concentrations:
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
• Packaging

College of Business
• Business Law
• Supply Chain Management
• Technical Sales

College of Communications Arts and Sciences
• Telecommunications

College of Engineering
• Computer Science

Noted AES alumni include: Mike Sadler (’13), the first student-athlete in Michigan State history to be named an Academic All-American four consecutive times.

Other AES graduates include Holly Aikens ('93) at Ford Motor Company, Monica Braman ('03) at Boeing, Donnie Haye ('81) at IBM, Tom Herzog (’10), a sales engineer at Aisin World Corp. of America and former Spartan basketball player, Charles Kosmas ('90) at Chrysler, Nathan Harrison (’06) at Oliver Wyman; Maura McDonald ('87) at Dow Corning; Eric Seger ('94) at Integrated Capital Management, and Randy Shacka ('04) at Two Men and A Truck.