Lauren Jescovitch is a Research Associate at Michigan State University (MSU) and a Distance Learning Course Designer for Auburn University. At MSU, Lauren is studying automated analysis of student reasoning in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). As a course designer, Lauren is redesigning online courses for a certificate of aquaculture professionals. She earned her Ph.D. and Masters in Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture at Auburn University, and her Bachelors in Fisheries Biology and Environmental Science at Mansfield University. She has been involved in a number of aquaculture research projects in the last 10 years of which include water quality and RAS systems at The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute, GIS application for a proposed pond land-to-water surface area ratio, and water quality and split-pond design, coastal ecosystems, and shrimp growth. Lauren is the chair of the student subunit committee for the US Aquaculture Society (USAS) and was the first president and founder of the Auburn University USAS student subunit. Lauren is happy to apply her diverse skill set in aquaculture systems, and teaching in higher education and professionals, to enhance the AES community.