Aaron Benedict

Class of 2016

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

What was your College Scholar project?
As a College Scholar, I studied the disruptive impacts of climate change on the American energy landscape. I focused on renewable energy finance, and the political, economic, and technological impediments to the integration of clean energy systems into the United States electrical grid. While at Cornell, I took a range of courses primarily in the fields of government policy, business, economics, and the natural sciences.  My honors thesis— America’s Changing Energy Landscape: Net energy metering, disruptive technological innovation, and evolving electric utility business models — critically analyzed net energy metering laws for solar energy, and the disruptive technological innovations associated with small-scale distributed energy production on cost of service regulation and electric utility business models.
What were your most important extra-curricular activities?
I was an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity – the oldest professional fraternity at Cornell. I was also a former member of the Cornell University Varsity Wrestling Team, and an active member of my social fraternity, investment club, and the Atkinson Center for Sustainability.  

What are you doing now? What are your longer-term plans?
After graduation I’m moving to Boston to work for Eaton Vance Investment Managers where I interned last summer as an Equity Research Associate. While at Eaton Vance, I will be pursuing a Certified Financial Analyst designation.  Within the next 3-5 years, I plan to attend graduate school for business; longer-term still, I wish to work for a company that focuses on sustainable energy investing.