Jessica Harpole

MBA  2020
Master of Environmental Management  2020

Jessica is a second-year joint degree candidate. She hopes to use the skills gained from these two programs to work with organizations to develop sustainable manufacturing strategies with an emphasis on water re-use.

During her first summer, Jessica worked at BloomEnergy as an Organizational Development intern within their Operations group. She got to see first-hand how leaders convert critical manufacturing metrics into business decisions. As part of her internship she evaluated how management styles and organizational structure evolve over the lifetime of a company, and gave recommendations on how sub-organizations could find ways towards better goal alignment.

Before attending Yale, Jessica developed extensive professional experience in the bio-tech manufacturing sector. Specifically, she served in process engineering roles for pharmaceutical companies and bio-fuel start ups. She is particularly proud of her efforts starting-up a biofuel factory in São Paulo, Brazil. There, she saw first hand how expanding industries can bring economic benefits to developing economies. Moreover, she believes these benefits can be realized without unnecessary and harmful impacts to labor and the environment, even with limited government protections and lax regulatory oversight. She intends to focus on industrial ecology and sustainable manufacturing while at FES.

Jessica holds a B.S. in Chemical-Biological Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she also served as the captain of the Varsity Women's Swim Team.

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