Lauren Stulgis is the Program Director for Experiential Programs. In this role, Lauren is responsible for the management and execution of a University-wide platform for experiential learning where multidisciplinary student teams realize innovation through entrepreneurial action. She manages a portfolio of experiential programs to align offerings, maximize efficiency, and leverage resources. Lauren is also responsible for establishing and managing the I&E Fellows student employment program, and provides leadership to the I&E Student Programs team in conjunction with the Managing Director.

Lauren began her professional career at Duke in 2006 as the Academic and Enrollment Services Coordinator at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC. In that role she provided academic advising and programmatic support for undergraduate and professional masters students, participated in admissions and recruiting, coordinated a comprehensive marketing strategy, supported curriculum development and implementation, and managed residential and student life on campus. Lauren moved to Durham in 2013 and joined the Pratt School of Engineering as the Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs. In this role Lauren worked closely with the engineering undergraduate student body to support student organizations, advise and train student leadership, and award and manage student activity funding. She served as project manager for critical, large-scale undergraduate events including orientation and graduation, and as the engineering liaison with the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Lauren took over management of The Foundry when it opened in Sept. 2015 and was responsible for all operations in that space. She earned the 2017 Dean’s Award for Leadership and Operational Excellence and was promoted to Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs and Director of The Foundry in 2017. 

Lauren was born and raised in New Hampshire. She grew up hiking, camping, and trying to stay warm. She earned her BS in Earth and Ocean Sciences from Duke in 2001, and her MS in Oceanography from the University of Delaware in 2003. Prior to her time at Duke, Lauren worked as an environmental consultant in Chicago, IL, conducting habitat assessment and monitoring to support large federal and state projects. Lauren is passionate about the educational value of immersive and outside-the-class (and box) endeavors, and believes in giving students the encouragement to innovate and experience failure and success, while providing them with a support system on which they can rely. She is a committed community volunteer and loves spending time outdoors with her family and dogs.