Outstanding Graduate, Fall 2022
Lillian Geier chose to pursue a degree in technological entrepreneurship and management in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University because it allowed her to be well-versed in both business and engineering and learn more about leadership.
Geier is an online student from Ohio who was able to attend ASU via the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.
“I am thankful for the tuition reimbursement partnership ASU has with Starbucks,” she says. “Without this partnership, I would have had a much more difficult time finishing my degree.”
Geier realized she was on the right track when she discovered that engineers aren’t limited to math or coding.
“While these disciplines are crucial, they were not the end goal for me,” she says. “With this foundation, I was able to discover more ways I could help my community. I learned I could use my skills to create a not-for-profit or assist in local organizations to impact my community positively.”
As a student, Geier collaborated with fellow students, faculty and industry professionals on developing an ASU course called The Future of Work.
“My team and I produced two different modules that were used as inspiration for the course content, complete with grading criteria and suggested readings,” she says. “I also wrote an article on Smart Cities as a focus project that was published in the final course.”
One of the professors Geier credits with having an outsized impact on her learning at ASU was Jason Bronowitz, the technological entrepreneurship and management program chair.
“As a student who asks many questions, Jason was always there to provide a thoughtful answer or take time out of his schedule to set up a Zoom meeting with me,” Geier says. “He made me feel like a valued online student.”
After graduation Geier will remain in central Ohio with her husband and continue her job as a research analyst for OneColumbus, an economic development firm in Columbus, Ohio.