Aron Cowen, CST ’17: Temple dedication leads to many rewards

Aron Cowen, CST ’17, dedicated himself to Temple and in return he realized just how far it would take him. Attracted by the option of the College of Science and Technology’s TUteach program, Cowen got involved early in his academic career with organizations such as the Association for Computing Machinery, Temple’s Model UN and tutoring. That’s when he realized he had a variety of passions.

“I come from a long line of scientific minds with both parents and three grandparents having multiple degrees in various science disciplines,” Cowen says. “Having those role-models helped me decide on not only majoring in math but also computer science. And even a minor in physics.”

Cowen was elected president of Temple Student Government for the 2016-2017 academic year, after holding the position of director of government affairs the year prior. Cowen pushed hard for several important changes at Temple, like increasing university counseling spaces by 50 percent, creating a legislative body for Temple’s Student Government called the Parliament, and increasing Temple’s efforts toward student access to SEPTA pass discounts and open source textbooks.

With everything on his plate, Cowen says the key to balancing it all is simple. “At first, you just make it work,” he explains. “But it wasn’t until my leadership roles that I really began to hone my time-management skills. That’s the key.”

One of his best CST memories is working with Professor Boris Datskovsky, Department of Mathematics. “He is a legendary mathematician,” Cowen says. “I learned so much from him because he brings so much excitement to the classroom.”

Cowen’s next stop will be working for Deloitte Consulting following his graduation on May 11.  As a business technology analysist in Deloitte’s office focused on the federal government, he will be advising agencies on implementing large scale technological change. An Owl through and through, Cowen says he will definitely stay involved with Temple by being active in the Temple University Alumni Chapter of Washington, D.C.

Cowen, who participated in CST’s Owl to Owl Mentor Program as a student, is looking forward to giving back to Temple.  “I hope to have the opportunity to also mentor CST students,” he says. “I’ll tell them to ‘be more than just your major. Get involved.’”

-Nadia Whiting