Please tell us about yourself
Aditi Seth works as an Energy Market Analyst at ICF Technologies. She holds an M.A in International Science and Technology Policy with a concentration in Energy and Environment Policy from the Elliott School. She also holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Economics from Shiv Nadar University in India. Prior to pursuing graduate school, she worked as a thermal engineer for a year and a half in India. During her time at the Elliott School, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of International Science and Technology Policy focusing on climate and energy policy and as a consultant with the Climate Technology Program at the World Bank.
When did you realize you wanted an international career? How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and interesting career?
I was always interested in energy and environment (my area of interest/concentration) from a young age. Having pursued a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, I felt only having the technical skills was not enough. I needed to know where engineers like me fit in the world of policy, which led me to pick the Elliott School for my graduate studies. Energy and environment is one field that is highly dependent on international relations. Be it a decision to subsidize oil and petroleum or be it a decision to invest more in renewable technologies; it all stems from policy decisions taken by respective governments as well as international treaties.
Describe your current position and what are your primary responsibilities?
I am currently working as an Energy Market Analyst at ICF Technologies. In my day to day work, I perform quantitative and economic analyses of energy markets in the United States to assess and forecast electric power and fuel prices; including individual power plant performance, operation, valuation, and fuel consumption given the federal and national energy policies and other regulatory effects.
What part of your experience at the Elliott School best prepared you for your current position? (Specific classes, student orgs, career development office, etc.)
The ISTP program gave me the freedom to choose my concentration and tailor my own education. This included being able to take classes offered by other schools at GWU!! I not only focused on energy and environment policy classes but also on quantitative skills I needed to pursue a career in this field. I did some subject matter classes from the Elliott School along with quantitative skills classes that ranged from advanced econometrics using R and STATA to environmental economics offered by other schools. This really helped me specialize in and acquire the skillset I needed to prepare for my current position.
What advice do you have for prospective students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in international relations?
My advice would be to do your research know what you want out of this degree. Given the wide range of classes offered at GWU, it is easy to get confused when picking your electives! Be focused and choose the classes that will add the most value to you in terms of knowledge and skills.
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