Taking a proactive approach to accumulating professional experience, senior Isaac Cohen '13 was part of Stevens' Cooperative Education program. Through the program, he worked as a Project Engineer at Automated Control Concepts, where he designed and programmed industrial control systems for clients, and as a SharePoint Designer for International Flavors and Fragrances.
“In both assignments, I learned a tremendous amount about the industry and the technologies that were used,” Cohen said. “These jobs exposed me to the corporate world and taught me how to manage complex projects efficiently. And as a result of such great experiences, I received full-time job offers from both companies.”
In fact, Cohen received five full-time job offers before accepting a position as an Application Developer for JP MorganChase.
“After carefully reviewing my offers, I decided to join JP MorganChase (JPMC),” said Cohen. “I always had an interest in finance and was excited to start off my career with a job that would allow me to combine my knowledge of financial engineering and programming. The fast-paced environment as well as the high standard of excellence is what attracted me to JPMC.”
Like many of his peers, Cohen credits the Office of Career Development with aiding his job-search process. At the end of his junior year he attended an informal workshop where he was able to speak to seniors who had just gone through the process of acquiring a job. At the beginning of his senior year, he participated in additional workshops to prepare for interviews and perfect his resume. Because of this, he encourages future students to take advantage of the services offered on campus and to join co-op, all of which offered him experiences that set him apart from other candidates. He also recommends getting involved in clubs/organizations on campus to help with personal and professional growth.
Cohen is an Electrical Engineering major with a minor in Computer Engineering. He will also graduate with a certificate in Financial Engineering, and hopes to earn a master’s in Financial Engineering down the road. He is the president of Hillel (the Jewish cultural group), and a member of the Stevens Honor Board, the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, Eta Kappa Nu electrical and computer engineering honor society, and the Stevens chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
It was becoming a member of the Stevens Honor Board that Cohen says truly enriched his college experience. He even recently attended a conference in Texas on academic integrity.
“The purpose of the trip was to present how the Stevens Honor System works and to see what other schools are doing to promote academic integrity," Cohen said. "After reviewing other school’s systems, I had a sense of pride when I grasped how well run and advanced our system is. While other universities were just starting to get students involved in their academic integrity system, we have had a completely student run integrity system for over 100 years!”