Jared Carson '17, BS Engineering & Management
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
I'm from Tennessee but came up to New England to attend the Taft School in Watertown, Conn. When it was time to decide on a college, Clarkson was the clear choice. Being a student here showed me a high ROI (return on investment) for my four years of hard work, and it's a good place to carve out my own path as a young adult. I also love the outdoors, so it is pretty sweet being on the doorstep of the Adirondacks!
I was interested in a technical major that was versatile. When I learned that engineering & management (E&M) involved industrial engineering, I jumped at the opportunity. Being a student here helped me, from the start, to become aware of what my career path will look like. For example, I had a great internship at BNY Mellon, working in global client management. I also participated in a co-op at General Electric as a financial management program student.
On a personal level, being at Clarkson helped me to become confident in my leadership style. I has great social experiences as well. I completed Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, and, this summer, I was in Croatia for a three-week trip abroad. I loved it! I'm eager to begin my military career. In December, I'll be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, under a pilot contract. I'm hoping to slot well and fly helicopters in a light-attack squadron.
At Clarkson, I have a job as the assistant clerk of the works, in Plant Operations & Maintenance, full-time in the summer and part-time during the school year, so I'm running, or helping with, construction projects throughout campus. It's great hands-on experience. In addition, under the supervision of Professor Marshall Issen, in my engineering capstone, I was able to get a provisional patent on a system design. I'm proud of that, and I enjoyed working with a great group of other senior E&M majors.
Outside of class, I've been busy in Zeta Nu Fraternity Inc. and as executive safety officer for the Clarkson Rod & Gun Club. I also love rugby and play for Clarkson.