Memorial scholarship established in honor of former engineering dean Joseph Genin

Joseph Genin (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Joseph Genin (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The Joseph and Grace-Ann Genin Outstanding Mechanical Engineer Scholarship has been established to honor the former New Mexico State University College of Engineering Dean who passed away this past summer.

Genin served as the dean of engineering at New Mexico State University for four years. After leaving the office of dean, he focused on his life-long interests of teaching and research. He became a professor of engineering. Genin taught courses in mechanics and conducted research in dynamic stability and fluid/structure interactions. He never retired from NMSU and continued to do research until his passing in May. He was 82 years old.

He was born in in Norwalk, Conn. He graduated from Long Island High School, obtained a degree at the City College of New York and worked in New York City as a structural engineer.

Drafted for the Korean War, Genin designed civil engineering structures during his time in the army.  Following his army career, Genin moved to Tucson, Ariz. There, he set up a civil engineering firm and received his master’s degree from the University of Arizona.

Genin then completed his doctoral work at the University of Minnesota. He worked for General Dynamics on aircraft and then joined Purdue University’s faculty of Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Engineering Sciences. Later, he became the head of the School of Mechanical Engineering’s engineering mechanics division. Genin holds many other accomplishments, including working as the director for the Advanced Transportation Center and publishing texts that are still used today.

A lifelong supporter of baseball, Genin played during his time at the army and proceeded to coach several teams during his career. He is survived by his wife of 48 years old, Grace-Ann; his sons, Kent, Guy, and Hugh; and five grandchildren.

His family has established a scholarship at New Mexico State University. Entitled the Joseph and Grace Ann Genin Outstanding Mechanical Engineer Scholarship, it will be awarded to juniors and seniors in mechanical engineering who hold the top 20 percent G.P.A.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Joseph and Grace-Ann Genin Outstanding Mechanical Engineer Scholarship may send a donation to: College of Engineering Assistant Dean’s Office, MSC 3449, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30111, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 or contact the office at 575-646-2913.


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