Eric Parker

Washington, DC
Government - Energy
Energy Analyst, Department of Energy Contractor - Keylogic Systems inc.
Degree Program: 
BS, Public Policy

"Excellent advisors, professors, and mentors helped connect me with projects and experiences that strengthened my  expertise in clean energy and environmental policy."

What is your current job?
I work as a contractor for the program staff at the DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office


Why did you choose to major in Public Policy/STSPP?

A desire to influence our nation’s laws and promote policies i cared about, like energy and the environment, by understand the how of lawmaking, regulations, and government policy.


Tell us about how your RIT experience, particularly your experience in the Public Policy Program, influenced your life personally and professionally?

Excellent advisors, professors, and mentors helped connect me with projects and experiences that strengthened my interest and expertise in clean energy and environmental policy, which has served me well in my career.


How has a liberal arts education at a technology-focused university set you apart from your peers and colleagues?

That often comes up in conversation - many point out that it’s a less-common pathway at an engineering unversity, but my experience in technnology courses at the school, especially given my prior major, has helped me excel in jobs that require a wide-range of responsibilities, including technical writing, software skills, and others.


What experience most prepared you for life after RIT (i.e. class, faculty/staff member, extracurricular activity, etc.)?

My senior project with Kodak’s IMSI was a helpful window into the world of sustainable business - Dr. Ron Hira was indispensable in that regard.


What were you involved in outside of the classroom at RIT?

Fraternity leadership, intramural sports, and culinary pursuits


What challenges and successes have you experienced up to this point in your career?

The struggles and uncertainties of moving to a new city, with no network, on an intern stipend was certainly the most challenging, but with the help of friends, colleagues, and a determination to see it through, I thrived in Washington D.C. and am nearing 5 years here.


If you could go back to graduation day what advice would you give yourself?

I’m not sure I would change anything, but i would tell myself to network more heavily in my opening year, and look into congressional internships more seriously.  That and to invest in a bike sooner!