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Campus Experiences, Mentorships Pave Way for Greg Laudick’s Success
April 30, 2012
||Well-Rounded Student: Greg Laudick, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and economics (with a minor in mathematics), was a four-year member of the varsity swimming team and involved in several student activities. He is planning to work for General Electric for two years before heading off to Harvard University's School of Business.
Ever so humble, Greg Laudick lets his accomplishments speak for themselves, and offer a promising forecast for the future.
Completing four years at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a 3.96 grade point average, Laudick has been involved in a long list of campus activities, including four years as a varsity swimmer. His postgraduate pursuits will have him working at General Electric Aviation as a maintenance contract engineer before enrolling in the prestigious Harvard University School of Business' 2-Plus-2 Program.
Where Laudick is going reflects upon where he's been and demonstrates who he is. The double-major in mechanical engineering and economics, with a minor in mathematics, credits Rose-Hulman and his high school, Indianapolis' Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, with paving the way for his future success. The high school athlete with a 4.0 GPA chose Rose-Hulman over schools such as Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis.
"The thing that set Rose-Hulman apart, for me, was the sense of community, particularly the open-door residence life policy," Laudick says. That collegiality carried over to the classroom, where faculty and staff regularly interact with students. "It creates a very open atmosphere," he adds.
Former mathematics professor Dr. Michael DeVasher offered more than instruction in statistical analysis, but career advice and camaraderie as well. Likewise, Dr. Kevin Christ's instruction in economics was matched by his personal support and attention. DeVasher's valuable advice to Laudick: the only way to be great at something is to enjoy doing it.
Laudick feels he's found happiness within General Electric's aviation division. He has gained valuable experiences through summer internships at Goldman Sachs in New York; Mussett, Nicholas, and Associates in Indianapolis; and GE Aviation's Onpoint Solutions in Cincinnati. The opportunity to merge his engineering background with economics at GE Aviation helped decide his course for the next two years.
"I definitely like the culture of GE, and I really like the aerospace business," he says, ready to work in a hybrid that combines business and engineering. "That's something I'm really excited about."
Harvard's MBA program prefers students with work experience. The next two years at GE Aviation, along with his four years at Rose-Hulman, will get Laudick ready for any business challenge.
"Eventually, I want to get into general management," he states, describing his ideal position would involve a wide range of activities, from customer service to finance and production. "An all-encompassing role, that's where I eventually want to be."
Laudick earned Honor Key and Student Leader of the Quarter awards for being an officer in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity; being the only student member of the Admissions and Standing Committee; being a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon math society, Senior Class Committee, and Triathlon Club; and serving as a senator in the Student Government Association. He also has helped contribute to Rose-Hulman's future as a member of the Student iCAST Committee contributing to The "Great" Debate.