Alumni of the Pardee Center who served as research aides and who took courses on International Futures (IFs) and futures thinking while at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies further the mission of the Pardee Center in their careers. And many continue to work with the Center as research affiliates.
Alumni Spotlight: Mark Eshbaugh
Korbel School alumnus (2012) and former Pardee Center research aide Mark Eshbaugh is currently employed in the State Department’s Office of Economic Analysis with the lead role on the team covering energy and economic security issues. The position represents a long-held career ambition of Mark’s and he credits his studies at the Korbel School and his work with the Pardee Center as the foundation for his career trajectory, which has included working at the Department of Energy and as the Director for Energy at the National Security Council and National Economic Council in the White House.
Mark began his work at the Pardee Center with Barry Hughes and Research Consultant Mohammad Irfan as part of the IFs data team. While this experience was foundational to his understanding of the IFs model and forecasting analysis more broadly, he attributes experience facilitating IFs trainings among clients and partners during his second year for extending his knowledge and expertise around the kind of analysis completed by the Pardee Center. He notes that many of the skills he honed during this period contributed to his career.
Many alumni of of the Pardee Center continue to use IFs and pursue work that furthers the mission of the Center.