Graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 2013 with a B.S. in Quantitative Economics, Emerson commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer (Nuclear). He served two years as the First Lieutenant onboard USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101) in San Diego, CA before reporting for the nuclear training pipeline. In August 2016, he qualified Engineering Officer of the Watch onboard the S5G platform in Charleston, SC. Emerson then reported to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in San Diego, CA, where he served in both division officer and assistant department head capacities, qualifying Nuclear Engineer in May of 2018. Separating from the Navy in January 2019, he accepted offer of admittance to University of Chicago Booth School of Business.