Maurice Solomon, a graduate student in information economics and policy at the University of Michigan School of Information, is spending the week working with the ACM and CRA Washington D.C. offices. The visit is part of the school’s Alternative Spring Break program, which seeks to help students gain experience and learn new skills though partnerships with information-focused organizations.
“There’s a fascinating amount of work for ACM and CRA to do,” said Maurice, referring to the array of issues in Washington in which technology plays a part. “I have been learning in depth about e-voting, telecom policy, protecting innovation, research funding, and the voices that the ACM and CRA contribute to these areas.” One of the most educational parts of the experience so far, attending a House Commerce Committee hearing on recent telecom mergers, “helped me see the broad intersection between the business and policy worlds,” said Maurice.
After completing his undergraduate degree in math-economics, Maurice spent a year teaching English in Japan before beginning his graduate education. After graduating, he plans to go into strategy consulting for information and technology focused firms.