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Talking energy

July 21, 2016 3:45 AM

Bill Marko, managing director of global investment banking firm Jefferies LLC, addresses high school students in the Tulane Science Scholars Program (TSSP). (Photo by Sally Asher)


On Tuesday (July 19) exuberant groups of high school students enrolled in the Tulane Science Scholars Program (TSSP) gathered in Joseph Merrick Jones Hall on the uptown campus to discuss the ways our world uses energy.

Tulane graduate Bill Marko, the managing director of global investment banking firm Jefferies LLC, was the guest presenter during the program’s “lunch-n-learn” series.  

“I think that the energy choices we make and where we get our energy supply from are complicated,” said Marko. “We have to take everything into account, from the supply choices to global climate change to costs.”

“We’re moving to cleaner energy sources, and we’re getting smarter about how we do this environmentally.”

— Tulane University alumnus Bill Marko

Talk of global supply and demand issues of various energy sources intrigued the young audience.

“We have a big challenge coming. There are 7.2 billion people in the world, and there will be 9 billion in the next 25 years,” said Marko. “That’s the problem we’ll all have to solve. How are we going to supply energy for all these people and not negatively impact the environment?”

The Tulane Science Scholars Program grants high school students the opportunity to take college-credit courses while living in campus housing.

This year’s cohort is made up of 110 students including participants from 16 different states and seven students from China and Turkey.

This year’s session features three new courses, including Principles of Chemical Engineering; Python Programming: Introduction to Computer Science; and Computers and Musical Creativity.

“I know it’s a diverse set of classes, and everything connects back to energy. It’s important no matter what work you get into,” said Marko.

Tulane University School of Science and Engineering board member Richard Mayer, a 1979 graduate, continued the speaker series in Joseph Merrick Jones Hall on Wednesday (July 20) with a talk on STEM education and careers in chemical engineering.