Greg Steinmetz was excited to come home for Homecoming.
Not that he had to travel very far — he is an engineering manager at GE Aviation in Cincinnati. Greg and his Class of 1985 friends celebrated their 30th reunion as part of the homecoming festivities at La Salle and the "big party," as Greg puts it, is a chance to go home to La Salle.
"It was one of the highlights of my year," Greg says.
"La Salle is better than ever. "I am always proud to tell co-workers and others that I meet that I am a Lancer."
Greg can count many great memories from his years as a La Salle student. He was active in student government as a senior with many of his friends. He played on the varsity golf team that beat a strong Elder team to open his senior season, and was also active in the theater, despite admittedly not being much of an actor.
"I had a blast and made friends I still have today," Greg says. "We had a great time at the dances, pep rallies and volunteer events. I also I also remember how our classed rallied around John Wissel, a classmate who was paralyzed during a football game our senior year."
After graduating from La Salle, Greg earned his bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from Ohio State in 1989 and his master of science in aerospace engineering from Cincinnati in 1992.
Today, Greg leads a team of engineers at General Electric Co. that does advanced/conceptual design. His team looks ahead five-to-20 years and designs engines for airplanes in that time period.
"Doing this helps our business understand the types of new engine architectures and technologies that will be required to keep our products competitive in the future," Greg says.
He also spends a lot of time with his family and friends. Greg and his wife Lisa love to travel and most recently enjoyed a two-week trip to Italy this summer. He still plays golf; shooting about the same score he did back in his La Salle days.
Greg says those La Salle days instilled values that have shaped his life.
"An incredibly strong academic foundation made my path through engineering school easier than it was for most of my fellow students," Greg says.
"I had a great experience there — outstanding teachers, life-long friends, and values that have been a foundation for my life. I was given opportunities to grow and mature that I don't think I could have gotten anywhere else. I love the fact that the La Salle community is made of people from all walks of life."
Greg's brother Ryan is a 1994 graduate of La Salle and he has seen two nephews pass through the halls of his alma mater. But seeing the impact La Salle had on his son Andy was especially powerful.
"Seeing my son mature a grow into a man while at LaSalle and developing La Sallian & Catholic values," have been Greg's best memories of La Salle since his own graduation.
"Sharing significant moments with him," Greg says. "Academic and sports accomplishments, his return from the Kairos retreat, graduation. Reconnecting with classmates and friends who had sons at La Salle."
Greg Steinmetz '85 at a Glance
Family: Wife Lisa, son Andy 'xx and daughters Ellen and Caroline.
Career: Engineering manager at GE Aviation
University and major: Ohio State '89, BS Aeronautical Engineering; Cincinnati '92, MS Aerospace Engineering
What was the best part of being a La Salle student?
"The overall school environment. Strong academic emphasis, very committed teachers, Catholic values of caring for each other and others less fortunate, the faith aspect that always makes you aware there is something bigger and more profound than just the life you are leading or the moment you are in ... friends who really cared about you and generally shared your values."