Emerson was born in Singapore. He graduated as the valedictorian for the graduating batch in Meridian Junior College and is currently pursuing a dual-degree program to obtain a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Civil Engineering) and Masters of Science in Technology Management. Emerson was a former infantry officer holding the rank of Lieutenant in the Singapore Armed Forces, where he was in charge of training troops in their fitness and discipline. Emerson has interned at Land Transport Authority, Singapore, where he took interest in the hub-and-spoke transit model in Singapore. He also did a digital media internship at Maven Potter, where he spearheaded social media marketing and analytics for government agencies. Emerson enjoys photography, videography, snowboarding, roller coasters and soccer. He also plays the acoustic guitar in his acoustic band Pasturique. Emerson is in Boston for a summer internship after 2 semesters at an exchange program at the University of California, Berkeley.