Jessica Jewell '09 (USA)

Jessica Jewell '09 (USA)

I graduated from Brown University with a degree in geology and then immediately did a year of graduate work in plate tectonics. During my studies I gained a keen interest in systems thinking and got the opportunity to work on rocks from all over the world including Siberia, Kyrgyzstan, and all over the United States. Following my studies, I worked at an environmental and geotechnical engineering firm in Washington DC on geological field investigations and data analysis and presentation. While I enjoyed the technical aspects of my job, I grew frustrated by working on projects that are inconsistent with the growing energy and climate change crises.

MESPOM is a special opportunity to study how to confront these global challenges with people with different educational backgrounds from all over the world. I particularly enjoy the chance to learn to communicate across cultural boundaries while at the same time being challenged to question my own assumptions and paradigms. I am interested in learning how to strategically incorporate environmental concerns into the private sector and corporate models. I also have a growing interest in strategic water management and trans-boundary water disputes.