Parker Wild ’19 MPA '23, of Brunswick, Maine, graduated in 2019 from Princeton’s Computer Science department with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He is the 2018 Terrence A. Elkes Graduate Scholar in the Nation’s Service. Alongside his work in computer systems, Wild developed a passion for international affairs and renewable energy. He is particularly interested in studying information security and foreign policy at the Woodrow Wilson School.
As an undergraduate, Wild designed an application that strengthens electoral accountability by enabling constituents to easily contact their representatives, as well as a tool that identified competitive districts in the 2018 midterm elections. His thesis, a distributed application for peer-to-peer energy trading, promotes a cleaner, more reliable electricity grid by incentivizing customers to invest in renewable energy technology. During summer 2018, he developed firmware for Hearth Labs, a startup focused on reducing HVAC energy consumption.
In 2017, Wild received the Martin A. Dale ’53 Award. As a junior, he studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics in Scotland. He was a member of Princeton’s Sustainable Engineering and Development Scholars (SEADS) and the Princeton University Cycling Team. He also managed Outdoor Action’s climbing wall and is certified by the American Mountain Guide Association as an instructor.
In summer 2019, Wild was an intern in the office of Senate Angus King (I-ME).