Jessica Jewell '09 (USA)
"MESPOM...opened doors beyond the ivory tower and beyond the two-year Masters."
After graduating from Brown University and working in the building industry as a geologist, I joined MESPOM so I could work in a field which was more connected to the problems facing society. MESPOM struck the perfect balance between guided learning and self-driven inquiry. When I joined MESPOM, I was also offered places at competing Environmental Masters programs in the U.S. While the name-recognition of these other programs was higher, none of them could offer what MESPOM did: a classroom with students from over a dozen countries and different socio-cultural backgrounds and a faculty completely committed to the student experience.
The unifying concern for the environment among students and faculty provides a platform for both personal and academic growth. After completing MESPOM, I started a PhD at CEU and a few years later got my dream job working at the International Energy Agency on measuring energy security. Since completing my PhD, I have worked at IIASA on energy and climate in the group which plays a large role in much of the research featured in the IPCC. I continue to interact with fellow MESPOMers. I'm currently writing a paper with a former MESPOMer on the international nuclear energy landscape and I continue to collaborate with faculty from CEU on the politics of energy transitions. MESPOM not only made it possible for me to switch to a career in energy and climate but also opened doors beyond the ivory tower and beyond the two-year Masters.