Michael Lachanski ’15, *20 of Linden, N.J., who was the Frederick P. Hitz ’61 Scholar, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics and certificates in statistics and machine learning, engineering and management systems, applied and computational mathematics and finance. As the first Princeton University undergraduate from the economics department selected for SINSI, he seeks to use his background to work in research, macroprudential policy making, and financial regulation. This past summer, he interned at the U.S. Treasury’s International Office of Banking and Securities Markets, where he covered East Asian banking regulation and developed financial crisis forecasting tools.
An avid participant in hackathons, he is the co-founder of both Hack-the-Climate: Philippines (which was awarded grants from Princeton University’s Davis Projects for Peace fund in 2014 and 2015), and the Sigma Chapter of Sigma Chi. A Davis Scholar, Lachanski was the first American to attend the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He hopes to combine his MPA with additional graduate work in accounting or finance. In the long-run, he aims to work in the intersection of academia and government.