Joe Kyle and Melanie Jeske are both in the accelerated BS/MS program in science, technology and society (i.e. they’ll graduate with undergrad and grad degrees from Drexel in just five years). But although they may be in the same program, they’re on two distinct paths.
Undergrad Major: BS History
Hometown: Mountain Brook, AL
Co-ops: Business & Government Affairs Intern with the Philadelphia Water Department and Business Litigation Intern at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Extracurriculars: Assistant wrestling coach, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School
What is STS? STS looks at how science and technology interact with and affect society, and in turn, how society impacts the creation of new science and technology.
Thesis topic: The rise of domestic surveillance technology post September 11th and its impact on U.S. civilians.
Future career plans: To work for one of our government’s intelligence agencies. I think citizens have a duty to give back to their country in some way.
Favorite STS class: My thesis class. Writing a master’s thesis is both frustratingly hard and unbelievably rewarding.
Best part of the college experience: Living in the heart of Philadelphia and getting to explore the various neighborhoods, restaurants and bars of the city.
Undergrad Major: BS Economics and Environmental Studies
Hometown: Bloomsburg, PA
Co-op: Econsult Solutions, Inc., an economic and public policy consulting firm in downtown Philadelphia. I’ve been working there for about 18 months
Extracurriculars: President of the Drexel Economics Society and Honors Student Advisory Committee; honors mentor; Drexel Sierra Club member; group exercise instructor; personal trainer
What is STS: STS is all about understanding forces—no relationship is linear; ‘objectivity’ is never truly objective. And so no action truly stands alone, as it has been shaped by some historical and social contexts and it will shape current and future contexts. I often am asked, ‘What’s valuable about that?’ I believe such rigorous research and analysis is imperative for understanding our world and for future policy development.
Thesis topic: Understanding the ’health experience‘ of urban poverty: the social forces and history that have shaped health opportunities or lack thereof, the lived experience, and the successes and failures of initiatives aimed at improving health and fitness.
Future career plans: To be honest, there are multiple careers that I think I would love…but first I plan to pursue my doctorate. I’m considering public health, economics and public policy programs.
Most valuable lesson you’ve learned from co-op?
- Background research always pays off; honestly, there are few things that are more important than understanding your setting, the people you’re with, and what issues are on the table prior to entering the situation
- Giving 150% enhances your learning capacity, shows true commitment, and pays off. I have been lucky to be at a company where my work has been recognized and thus I’ve had the opportunity to work on some really cool cases. I’ve had the opportunity to design large components of projects, and travel to implement the plans.