Philippe Clifton

M.S.A.E. 2021

What is your next adventure?

I’m moving to northern California to begin working as an investment analyst at a financial company. Before I start my new job, I’m heading back to Belgium to spend time with family.

What about your next adventure are you most looking forward to?

It’s a bit of a jump away from aerospace, but I don't view it as I’m leaving aerospace altogether. I think the engineering mindset follows me wherever I go so I’m pretty excited for this new chapter.  I’m really looking forward to the style of investing that I’ll be doing and constantly learning more about investments

Did you have any previous co-op, internship, or research experience in this area?

I interned at several aerospace companies as an undergrad. I interned at SpaceWorks as a junior engineer intern, Bryce Space and Technology as an aerospace analyst intern, Analytical Graphics as a systems engineer, and last year I interned at Scion Asset management as an analyst intern. That internship really solidified my curiosity and interest in pursing a job with a finance company.  I had been doing financial analysis as a hobby all throughout school, but I never thought about it much as a career until I got that experience, so I'm excited to get started. 

How did your educational experience at Georgia Tech help you to achieve your goals?

Tech is rigorous, it's  rigorous school and I didn't think it was going to be as rigorous as it turned out to be, but I’m glad in the end that it was.

I think going through the AE School and everything that comes along with that, it really sets you up to do anything after you graduate. For me, I feel like not only am I passionate about learning and capable of learning, but that I can learn anything, which is not something I felt like I could do before I got here.

Tech has the right resources and access that I didn’t know existed and that I didn’t have before in high school. The AE School has helped by building a supportive community of staff, faculty, and students. 

What advice would you give to an underclassman who would like to follow the same path?

I think a big part of it is to be confident in yourself. Through studying aerospace at Tech, you really are prepared for anything and I think knowing that you can apply your engineering mindset to solve any problem that's thrown at you is immensely valuable.

Get a very broad experience while you're at school. You have a ton of student organizations that you can join, all kinds of different classes you can take, take advantage of everything here to the greatest extent you can and try to find what you're passionate about, and I think once you find it you'll know it so you don't second guess yourself.