We are back with another #StudentExperience blog post, where we highlight the hardworking students who work within the Division of Innovation and Applied Research at Towson University.

Sean is a senior studying project management and business analysis at Towson University. He has been supporting the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) as a research intern performing research, data analysis, and writing in support of client deliverables. He also provides database maintenance on economic and demographic data; organizes, prepares, and enters data from a variety of sources/entities; and supports RESI’s full-time staff with data/research tasks for diverse projects. “The biggest thing I’ve learned with my time at RESI is how to look at a series of data, facts, figures, etc. and see how it correlates to the bigger picture,” said Sean. “Everything affects its surrounding environment in many ways, and the interconnectivity of it all is really astonishing.”


#StudentExperience: Sean Placide

Sean’s advice for other students looking to gain experience? “Be meticulous in your work, strive for quality, and most importantly think outside the box. Creative and innovative solutions to problems often get the most attention and can really demonstrate your value as an asset to an organization,” said Sean

After graduation, Sean would like to become a certified project manager, probably in the construction field. That is where most of his previous job experience is and he finds it really rewarding working on projects like that.


  • What are two apps you can’t live without? The ones I use most are Uber (for getting around) and Snapchat (for communicating with friends and family).
  • If your life was a movie, what would the theme song be? The Boys are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy
  • What would your superhero power be? To know where all the biggest fish in the reservoir are. I’ve had pretty bad luck at my spot this past year.
  • What is a special hobby you have? I really enjoy fishing and being outdoors. (see previous question!)