PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Martindale Student Associates Honors Program provides an opportunity for a select group of Lehigh University students to explore global business, economic, and public policy issues outside the scope of classroom study. The Martindale Center takes each year’s class of students on a 12-day research trip for in-depth study and fact gathering. The most recent cohorts have focused their research on Greece, Colombia, Slovenia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Peru, UK, Malaysia, and Argentina. During the following academic year, students complete their research, work one-on-one with a faculty mentor, and write up their findings in professional-quality journal articles. These articles are published annually in the Martindale Center’s undergraduate research journal, Perspectives on Business and Economics. In addition to their research activities, Martindale Student Associates are full members of the Martindale Society, taking part in conferences and exchanging ideas with leaders from government, business, finance, and academia who come to the Center as visiting scholars. APPLYING FOR THE PROGRAM A highly competitive selection process begins in January of each year when qualifying students from Lehigh’s three undergraduate colleges receive notification of their eligibility. The final selection is made by a faculty panel based on academic record, a written application, and an interview. Martindale Student Associates pay no fees for participation in the program. MARTINDALE CENTER PROGRAMS Founded in 1980, theMartindaleCenter supports theUniversity’s goal of training leaders for a global society by developing experience-based student programs promoting understanding of the interconnected worldwide economy. Photo by Laura Heuer MARTINDALE SOCIETY Established in 1995, theMartindale Society is a strong community of loyal Martindale alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Members gather annually at Martindale events and support the Center’s programs and activities through generous contributions of time, money, and expertise and by connecting the Center with their professional networks in the USA and abroad. MARTINDALE STUDENT ASSOCIATES HONORS PROGRAM 2021–22 Perspectives on Business and Economics Volume 38 2020 SOUTH AFRICA: REMEDIES FOR THE PAST AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FUTURE Volume 38 2020 Perspectives on Business and Economics THE GAY AND DOUGLAS LANE JOURNAL OF THE LEHIGH UNIVERSITY MARTINDALE CENTER STUDENT ASSOCIATES INTRODUCTION Gavin du Preez RESTRUCTURING ESKOM: TRANSFORMING SOUTH AFRICA’S ELECTRICITY SECTOR Tino Petros INCREMENTALISM IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN LEGAL SYSTEM: SOCIOECONOMIC RIGHTS AND THE JUDICIARY Aaron K. Adams THE EFFICACY OF SOUTH AFRICA’S BROAD-BASED BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT POLICY Rachel Buonasora FOOD SECURITY IN SOUTH AFRICA IN AN ERA OF CLIMATE CHANGE Jordan Wolman EXPROPRIATION WITHOUT COMPENSATION IN SOUTH AFRICA Jake I. Cooper SOUTH AFRICA’S LABOR FORCE AMID TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE Ha Dao VOCATIONAL EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA Xiaming Jin THE RACIAL UNDERPINNINGS OF HOUSING DISPARITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA Kevelis Matthews-Alvarado COMBATING CORRUPTION IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC HEALTH SECTOR Christianna Angeli S. Pepingco HIV AND AIDS IN SOUTH AFRICA: EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS TO MAKE WIDESPREAD CHANGE Ariel Pawlo SOUTH AFRICA’S EDUCATION DILEMMAS Hanna Skinner RESTRUCTURING SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA: OPPORTUNITIES FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT Karim M. Rajmohamed Joining the Martindale Society was one of the most rewarding parts of my Lehigh experience. First, you join the Martindale family—a group of highly accomplished individuals from many fields. I have had the chance to call them for professional advice, to discuss ideas, and many of them I count as close friends today. Second, I’ve had a 20year career as an economist on Wall Street in which I’ve had to critically analyze countries and subjects and give recommendations for the future. And, that is effectively what you do in the Martindale paper…that skill set turned out to be highly valuable in my professional career. LUIS A. ARCENTALES ’98 ‘00G Financial Advisor/Economist, Morgan Stanley Martindale Student Associates Honors Program, 1998–99 (Chile) Alaska 2021–22
Martindale Student Associates Honors Program (Alaska cohort): L to R (Top) Adrian Thomas De Vera Suarez, Thomas Perillo, Sakshi Acharya, Lidya Yalew Bekele, Griffin Fox, Alexander Carr, Melissa Hertzberg, Michael Nardelli, and Nathaniel Alter; (Bottom) Clare Fonstein, Jessica Franolic, and Helen Tynes. SAKSHI ACHARYA is pursuing a degree in civil engineering. She was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. Throughout her experience at Lehigh, Sakshi has focused on sustainable development. She is a member of Engineers Without Borders, where she is researching land use in El Manantial, Dominican Republic, to set up a water distribution system. She works at the Office of Sustainability. Sakshi also is a research fellow through Lehigh’s Mountaintop Initiative, where she has been working on building sensor nodes for realtime stormwater sensing for green infrastructures. This summer, Sakshi will work as an intern for Turner Construction. After graduation, she plans to integrate her sustainability background to pursue a career in structural engineering. NATHANIEL ALTER is pursuing a degree in industrial and systems engineering with a minor in entrepreneurship. He currently is a UN youth representative for the Center for Public Health of Nigeria, where he focuses on helping individuals receive access to quality health care. He is a junior salesforce consultant for Maverick Digital and a former Global Social Impact Fellow at Lehigh, travelling to Sierra Leone to study how underlying socioeconomic factors lead to Ebola infection. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, cycling, and traveling. LIDYA YALEWBEKELE is a junior pursuing a degree in chemical engineering with a certificate in global citizenship. Lidya was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and came to the US for the first time for her undergraduate degree. She currently works as a research and development intern at Mussel Polymers. At Lehigh, Lidya participated in the Global Entrepreneurial Fellowship through the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation and serves as a UN youth representative for an NGO in Nigeria. After graduation, she plans to integrate her technical background with business to work as a consultant. ALEXANDER CARR is a junior majoring in computer engineering and finance within the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program (IBE), with economics and real estate minors. At Lehigh, Alex is the vice president of alumni relations for the IBE Council, president of the club basMARTINDALE STUDENT ASSOCIATES HONORS PROGRAM
ketball team, and a member of the Investment Management Group. He has been working as an application developer for AEGIS Insurance, where he helped create a health screening app to assist employees to return to the office. Alex will be working as a web security intern at VMware this summer. He plans to work in cybersecurity after graduation. JESSICA FRANOLIC is pursuing a dual degree in mechanical engineering and finance with a minor in energy in the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program. At Lehigh, she is involved with clarinet choir and outing club and is the off-campus outreach chair in the Society of Women Engineers. She is involved as a Rossin Junior Fellow and as a head teaching assistant for an undergraduate course in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. She interned at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and at St. James’s Place Wealth Management in London through the Iacocca International Internship Program. In 2021, she will intern at Air Products as a mechanical engineer. Jessica plans to pursue a career as a mechanical engineer in renewable energy. CLARE FONSTEINis a junior pursuing a degree in journalism and international relations. At Lehigh, she is a reporter and deputy news editor with the student newspaper, The Brown and White. She also is a member of the investigative reporting team, which tackles more research-based, long-term articles. Last summer, she participated in Lehigh’s Data for Impact fellowship program and was able to work on a project collecting data on elections in Ireland. She also worked as a marketing intern for a small business in the San Francisco Bay Area. This summer, Clare will be working as an intern for the Lehigh Valley newspaper, The Morning Call. Clare plans to continue with journalism after graduation. GRIFFIN FOX is pursuing a double major in philosophy and history. His research interests include metaphysics, political and social philosophy, and theology, with a particular focus on Christian existentialism. For two years, Griffin has been a Global Social Impact Fellow, working to create short, educational videos about the maternal mortality crisis in Sierra Leone, with the goal of better informing women of practices that lead to healthy pregnancy and delivery. At Lehigh, Griffin is the president of Spectrum, Lehigh’s student-run LGBTQIA+ organization, and works as a student coordinator in the Community Service Office, where he co-runs the blood drive. After graduation, Griffin plans to attend seminary and ultimately hopes to become an Episcopal priest. MELISSA HERTZBERG is pursuing a degree in finance on the economics track with minors in earth and environmental science and in entrepreneurship. Melissa is the president of the club field hockey team, works as a volunteer notetaker, and is the director of philanthropy for Zeta Tau Alpha. Melissa was selected for and participated in Lehigh Silicon Valley, an entrepreneurial immersion program run by the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation. This summer, Melissa will be interning with Bank of America as an advisor development summer analyst. Her career aspirations include working with people to help them succeed through financial advising and wealth management. She is passionate about the environment, sustainability, and moving forward toward a greener future. MICHAEL NARDELLI is pursuing a major in chemical engineering with a concentration in energy and the environment. He currently is part of a research group looking to create a vertical axis wind turbine that could produce enough energy to charge a cell phone. This summer he is interning at PPL Electric Utilities. Outside of academics, he is a member of Lehigh’s varsity track and field team. Knowing the struggles of the transition from high school to college, he joined the mentor collective and became a student athlete mentor to help first year students. Michael plans to continue his studies in chemical engineering at graduate school and then enter the field of renewable energy. THOMAS PERILLO is pursuing a degree through the Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) program, with concentrations in bioengineering and health economics. Tom is involved with Lehigh’s emergency medical services serving as administrative lieutenant, where he is responsible for managing EMS call shifts for the 24/7 quick response service as well as overseeing organization staffing for the on-campus COVID-19 testing center. He currently is enrolled as a Global Social Impact Fellow, where he and his team are designing a low-cost test strip to be used as a screening device for diagnosing sickle cell anemia in low- to middle-income countries. He also has conducted research through the Research Scholar Program at the Lehigh Valley Health Network. Tom plans to pursue a career in medicine. ADRIAN THOMAS DE VERA SUAREZ is an Eckardt Scholar, pursuing a degree in theatre with a minor in global studies and a certificate in global citizenship. He has won the Williams and Amaranth prizes for his creative and critical writing. He is an actor in Lehigh’s Department of Theatre and is an active member of the Iacocca Global Village for Future Leaders. Adrian has served as a UN youth representative for the Unitarian Universalist Association at the UN headquarters in New York; a public health intern in Kisumu County, Kenya; a consultant for organic farming in Germany; a data analyst for the arts and culture sector in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania; a Global Citizenship Program student in New Delhi, India; and a sustainability researcher in his hometown of Manila, Philippines. He plans to pursue a career in comedy, media, and entertainment. HELEN TYNES is pursuing a dual degree in mechanical engineering and economics in the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program. At Lehigh, she is the president of the beekeeping club, an admissions tour guide, a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and a 2021 recipient of the Bond Memorial Prize. She interned for CHONEX, a startup in Birmingham, Alabama, working on nutrient recycling to make agriculture and animal production more sustainable. In 2021, she will intern for Boeing as an electro-physics engineer. She plans to pursue a career in developing sustainable technologies or green energy.
THE STUDENT ASSOCIATES EXPERIENCE Malaysia 2018 South Africa 2019 Over the decades Martindale Student Associates have studied in countries spanning five continents. 2021/2022 Alaska 2020/2021 Argentina 2019/2020 South Africa 2018/2019 Malaysia 2017/2018 UK 2016/2017 Peru 2015/2016 Czech Republic 2014/2015 Portugal 2013/2014 Slovenia 2012/2013 Colombia 2011/2012 Greece 2010/2011 Iceland 2009/2010 Turkey 2008/2009 New Zealand 2007/2008 Benelux 2006/2007 Panama 2005/2006 Hungary 2004/2005 Spain 2003/2004 Sweden 2002/2003 Italy 2001/2002 Hong Kong 2000/2001 Ireland 1999/2000 Switzerland/Austria 1998/1999 Chile 1997/1998 Germany 1996/1997 France 1995/1996 Germany 1994/1995 Argentina 1993/1994 Canada 1992/1993 Mexico 1991/1992 Czechoslovakia 1990/1991 Washington, D.C. 1989/1990 Michigan, Illinois, & New Jersey 1988/1989 Wisconsin, Michigan, & Kentucky 1987/1988 London & New York 1986/1987 Canada I owe a great deal of my personal and professional success to my participation in the Martindale program. As a student, I was exposed to new ideas and concepts that extended beyond the normal academic curriculum and broadened my thinking. I also developed deeper relationships with my professors, other students, and alumni that have continued to flourish. Looking back, my involvement as a Student Associate was the highlight of my Lehigh experience. SARAT SETHI ’92 Managing Partner, Portfolio Manager/Equity Analyst, Douglas C. Lane & Associates Corporate Trustee, Lehigh University Chair, Lehigh University Endowment Investment Subcommittee President, The Martindale Society Martindale Student Associates Program, 1991–92 (Czechoslovakia) The Martindale Student Associates Program provided me with a one-of-a-kind experience while at Lehigh. This program gives students a unique learning and development opportunity. Whether it’s meeting with business leaders, members of government or other experts, students of the program are exposed to things they otherwise would not encounter….Similarly, the writing, editing, and researching talents you will develop after proposing a publication for the Martindale journal will last a lifetime. CJ BERZIN ’10 Senior Finance Manager, Business Development at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson Martindale Student Associates Program, 2009–10 (Turkey) Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise Lehigh University College of Business Rauch Business Center, 621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3117 Tel: 610-758-4771 | Fax: 610-758-6549 www.lehigh.edu/martindale Executive Director: Todd A. Watkins, Ph.D. | 610-758-4954 | email@example.com Connect with us on Instagram @martindalecenterlehigh Facebook @Martindale Center at Lehigh University MARTINDALE STUDENT ASSOCIATES HONORS PROGRAMwww.lehigh.edu