Michael Lachanski ’15 MPA '20 of Linden, N.J., the 2015 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 reproducible regulatory policy research.
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 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. His first fellowship rotation was at the Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration, Aviation Policy & Planning Division. He moved to the Department of Commerce for his final rotations, first in the International Trade Administration (ITA) - Manufacturing Unit and then at the Census Bureau. He is back in Princeton as an MPA2, and has completed his degree in 2020.