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Remembrance Scholar: Jacob Urban ’18

Remembrance Scholar: Jacob Urban ’18

Name: Jacob Urban
Graduation: December 2018
Hometown: West Chicago, Illinois
Majors: Finance, Energy and Its Impacts

Jacob Urban '19
Jacob Urban

Jacob Urban strives to make the most of his time at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management by heavily involving himself on campus.

Urban previously served as the president of the Whitman Community Council, a group tasked with fostering a sense of community within the Whitman School. During his term, the Whitman Community Council organized Whitman Gives Back, a day in which students were able to volunteer with local organizations to help better the community. In addition, Urban is a member of the Young Research Fellows Program. His research encompasses analyzing the Renewable Fuel Standard and brainstorming solutions for how Congress might be able to achieve its energy goals in the future. Urban is also the Macro Fund portfolio manager in the Investment Club and has been selected as one of Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholars.

The Remembrance Scholarship program was founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the 35 members of the Syracuse University community who were killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21, 1988.

“To me, being a Remembrance Scholar means being entrusted with the responsibility of carrying the legacies of 35 amazing students on the campus of Syracuse University,” explained Urban. “It is also an opportunity to act forward and educate the members of our community on the dangers of terrorism and how we can come together to remember the victims of all terrorist attacks.”

Urban is representing Timothy Cardwell, a victim of the attack, who was a junior in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and an Army ROTC student at Syracuse University in 1988.

“I was matched with him due to our dual passions for making a difference for our country, which I’ve attempted to do at Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) where I am a volunteer intern,” said Urban.

Beyond working at IVMF, Urban has also worked as an intern at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he conducted an analysis on potential post-election energy policy changes, created event-tracking Excel models and developed marketing materials for the firm’s impact investing products. He also completed an internship at British Petroleum (BP), where he analyzed jet fuel markets for the company’s traders and worked for a group that is responsible for the company’s biodiesel and renewable diesel strategies.

“I will be returning full-time to BP’s Trader Development Program this February,” said Urban.

Urban has ambitions to be an energy trader and play a role in providing resources that help meet the world’s growing demand of energy products. He believes that many of the solutions to the energy crisis are rooted in utilizing the power of the financial markets. Urban’s long-term goal is to become a leading figure in the energy industry.

Vatsal Popat

Vatsal Popat is an MBA graduate student at Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He is proficient in digital marketing and analytics. Previously, he has worked for Phocuswright Inc. and at Syracuse University's Parental Advocacy Center, in the capacity of marketing analyst. Vatsal is an avid sports fan and religiously follows Manchester United and Golden State Warriors. His favorite music artists are The Chainsmokers.
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