Critical Minds, Compassionate Hearts

Zander Sebenius, Class of 2004

“Rashi prepared me with the academic tools necessary to succeed at BB&N and at Harvard College.”
Zander Sebenius has been strongly committed to Israel and to making the world a better place since his days at Rashi. “Rashi prepared me with the academic tools necessary to succeed at BB&N and at Harvard College, as well as the values necessary to live a meaningful Jewish and socially responsible life.”

I graduated in May 2013 from Harvard College (Magna Cum Laude), with a degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Economics and am about to start as a “Corporate Strategy Associate” at Flextronics, a large electronics manufacturing company. I will be completing strategy work primarily for their cleantech and renewable energy product divisions. I am planning to return to Harvard Business School as a member of the 2017 MBA class (through the “2+2” program).

I co-founded the Harvard branch of the TAMID Israel Investment Group, whose goal is to provide a comprehensive business education to the next generation of American business leaders. TAMID Israel Investment Group intertwines their future career goals with the future economic goals of Israel. We have sent 7 Harvard students to Israel for summer internships at Israeli companies in the past two summers. 

During the summer of my junior year, I worked at Advanced Energy Economy, a national business organization aiming to move the USA towards more secure, clean, and affordable energy sources. I continued my work with the Corporate Development team throughout my senior year of college.

During the summer of my sophomore year, I worked in the “Theory of Nanostructured Materials Group” the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA. I conducted an independent research project using supercomputers to engineer the “band gap” of iron pyrite (a mineral commonly known as “fools gold”) for optimized photovoltaic applications. The findings were presented at the 2012 National Meeting of the American Physical Society.

As a high school student at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, I was president of the Jewish Cultural Society and worked to promote peace in the Middle East by teaming with a Muslim classmate to sell T-shirts made by Palestinians at a unionized factory in Bethlehem.

The lessons he learned at Rashi have stayed with him. "Rashi's core values embody what it takes to have a happy and fulfilling life. I strive every day to have every one of them. The sense of belonging and community that enveloped me at Rashi is something I try to create in my life”. Zander also credits Rashi with helping to create his Jewish identity. "My Jewish identity is one of the most important driving forces in my life" Zander says.

Since graduating from Harvard in 2013, Zander has been working in the Corporate Strategy Group at Flextronics, one of the largest electronics manufacturing companies in the world. He has applied his ESE-derived knowledge about renewable energy technology to help Flextronics develop its five-year energy business plan, develop a new LED lighting business, and create a new engagement model for Flextronics to work with innovative start-ups. Moreover, the rigorous ESE curriculum has trained Zander to problem solve effectively and venture into unexplored areas - in both science and business - with full confidence of success.
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