Luke Owings '07, alumnus

“Energy” is the word that comes to mind when describing the passions and personality of Luke Owings ’07.

As a Harvard Business School student, Owings was president of his section in his first year. Now in his second year, in addition to his studies, he runs the intramural sports programs at the business school and teaches introductory economics to undergraduates.

Between his two years, he spent a summer working for a Connecticut firm leading its efforts to create a cleanup company to combat the BP Gulf oil spill.

And for the two years between his Princeton graduation and matriculation at Harvard Business School, he traveled around the world for McKinsey & Company—including trips to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Scotland—working primarily on green technology energy issues.

As an undergraduate, Owings balanced his studies with varsity basketball. In his studies, he says at first he was almost overwhelmed by the diversity of opportunities. He dabbled his first year in engineering and psychology, and later settled on a concentration in economics. Under the mentorship of professors Gene Grossman and Avinash Dixit, he focused on game theory, the study of decision-making processes in competitive situations.

Game theory, in turn, affected how Owings performed on the basketball court by changing the way he looked at the game. “Nothing is an isolated event,” he points out. “I’ve learned to think about basketball, and life, from many perspectives. It’s a new spin on personal decision making.”

As a member of the Varsity Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Owings took a particular interest in discovering the passions of his fellow athletes. The most tangible result is the charity he co-founded with his friend and classmate, Freddy Flaxman ’07. The program organizes opportunities for Princeton’s athletics teams to donate their time. It then coordinates their actions to make an impact on the nearby community with the proceeds. Further, it draws on Princeton’s expansive alumni network, strengthening the relationship between Princeton athletics and the town.

Owings says his graduate years have provided him with “more than a few amazing experiences,” and as he prepares to re-enter the working world, he hopes the range and cumulative effect of these experiences will position him well for his next move.