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About Lawrence Genalo

Lawrence J. Genalo is a University Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Associate Chair of the department, and an award-winning teacher who obtained his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University in 1977 in applied mathematics with an emphasis in systems engineering. He has received numerous teaching awards including the ISU Foundation Career Achievement in Teaching Award in 1995, the Regents Faculty Excellence Award in 1996, several college and department awards over the years, and most recently was named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2012. He ran a summer research internship program for high school girls, originally funded by NSF and then institutionalized at ISU. Since he began it in 1996 he has directed an engineering literacy program, called Toying With TechnologySM, aimed at current and future K-12 teachers and their students. Dr. Genalo also serves on the advisory boards for the minority program in engineering, the Program for Women in Science and Engineering at Iowa State, the Science Center of Iowa, and serves the ISU Honors Program as a Faculty Affiliate. In the early 1980s Dr. Genalo helped create and has since taught the course that is now known as ENGR 160.


Present Associate Chair, Iowa State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Present University Professor, Iowa State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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2240D Hoover
528 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-4722
Fax: 515-294-5444


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