Benjamin Idstein

Career Background
• BA Economics, BS Physics, Mathematics, and Theoretical Physics/Applied Mathematics, Loyola University Chicago 2008 Summer Associate at Macquarie Group—Macquarie Cook Power (2009) Summer Intern at Macquarie Group—Macquarie Cook Power (2008) Intern at SemGroup—SemFuel (2008)

Professional Areas of Interest
•  Energy, especially electricity as it cannot easily be stored, so the markets trade in real-time around the clock. 

• Drucker Fellow
•  Horan award for outstanding physics graduate Sigma Pi Sigma Member, the national physics honor society.

Dual Degree: MSFE and MBA, Finance Concentration
Career goals
I hope to work in a middle or front office position in energy marketing after I graduate.  Ultimately I’d like to run an energy marketing business unit.  Being a dual MBA/MSFE student I greatly enjoy both the technical side of such a business and the more non-technical “soft” skills required.

What has been your most memorable experience at Drucker?
I’ve had a lot of great experiences so far, but rather than looking back, I’m most excited about the upcoming travel course in Hong Kong.

What has been your experience in the Classroom?
The classroom experience at Drucker is pretty interesting.  Prof. Prag’s classes are almost too fun.  I’ve never had time fly by so fast in a finance class.  Prof. de Kluyver’s marketing classes really changed my opinion about the subject.  I used to take the typical perspective of a person with a quantitative background: marketing was interesting, but not very analytical.  Since de Kluyver’s class though I’ve realized that marketing is extremely analytical and has more to offer to other subjects than people realize.

How Drucker prepares me for real-life success
The Financial Derivatives course is extremely important for the type of work I want to do.  I’m also working with Prof. Mills to devise a set of computer modeling exercises to accompany the course next semester.  I’ve always found that teaching something makes you learn more than you ever could just studying on your own.

What place do you like to visit while in Claremont?
I love the burgers at the Back Abbey in the village.

Peter Drucker said,
What do you want to be remembered for? 

I try to help out my classmates as much as possible.  The workload for the FE program is rather intense so we study together a lot.  I hope that when they look back they’ll be glad I was there – I am sure glad they were!

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