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Patrick de Man, PhDCEP 06Currently working on the commodities market, “I love it,” says de Man, “It’s really because of the PhDCEP program that I ended up here. Otherwise I wouldn’t have had the exposure or the training.”

 

 

Patrick de Man, PhDCEP 06

 

Patrick de Man was working at a chemical company in the Netherlands when he visited MIT and learned about the PhDCEP program. “I decided that’s what I wanted to do,” says de Man, who now trades electricity on the commodities market.

Exercising the flexibility of the PhDCEP program, his first elective focused on energy, but instead of focusing on engineering, it examined the environmental, political and historical complexities of oil, nuclear energy, wind power, and more. Later, he launched a research project focusing on statistical methods and data analysis. “I wasn’t in the lab doing experiments,” he says. “Everything I did was on the computer.”

Intrigued by the MBA courses in the PhDCEP program, de Man decided to stay an extra year and finish his MBA, which included an internship as a trader at Lehman Brothers. This work led to a full-time job trading power on the commodities market, a position that draws on his analytical and chemical engineering skills. “I love it,” says de Man. “It’s really because of the PhDCEP program that I ended up here. Otherwise I wouldn’t have had the exposure or the training.”