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Physics tutor also fascinated by politics

Senior Jordan Peck likes the idea of mediating between the scientific world and the political one.

At Binghamton, he pursued dual degrees in physics and mechanical engineering while taking part in student government. This fall, he’ll continue to blend those interests in a master’s program in technology and policy at MIT.

“It’s important to me in many ways to understand how things work,” he said. In his case, that extends to both the physical world and society.

Peck, who will graduate Phi Beta Kappa with memberships in engineering and physics honor societies, has tutored other students in physics during the last two years.

“I didn’t just learn the physics,” he said. “I get to teach it to others. You have a chance to take the things you think are exciting and try to get others excited about them.”

Stephen Duarte, learning specialist with the Discovery Program, said he finds Peck articulate and insightful.

“He has an unusually mature grasp of the practical and visionary issues affecting the shape and prospects of higher education,” Duarte said, “yet his service as a tutor has reflected his eagerness to work as well at the grassroots level to hone his understanding of fundamental teaching strategies and learning capacities.”

Peck, 22, of New City, was a Student Association representative as a freshman, president of Hinman College as a sophomore, SA president as a junior and treasurer of the State Student Assembly in his fourth year. Now he’s the facilitator for off-campus government.

He had a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards last summer and will return to that program, run by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Science Foundation, this summer. For now, he’s focused on his senior project, a super mileage car he’s building with four other students.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08