Ricky Chang holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from Baruch College, where he was on the Dean’s List. He was a summer analyst at Pico Trading and Standard and Poor’s, and researched interest rates and exchange rates as an economic research assistant at Haver Analytics. He plans to pursue a quantitative trading position at a proprietary firm or hedge fund, and is also interested in a quantitative development job at an investment bank. In his free time he enjoys poker, biking, and basketball.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because I saw the strong involvement of the faculty and the alumni in developing the students. The interest in the growth of current students is genuinely shown as alumni frequently provide advice on the private forum. The high job placement and low costs are only additions to the benefit of close-knit talented peers.”
Weiyi Chen holds a double Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Computer Science and Economics from Tsinghua University. He was awarded a full scholarship for the academic elite program (Yao Class) from Tsinghua, an international scholarship for outstanding young scholars from UC Berkeley, and an Overseas Training Scholarship from Georgia Tech. Weiyi interned at Global Atlantic (New York) as a technical consultant in trading systems, at Lucena Research (Atlanta) as a quantitative developer in pairs trading and machine learning, and at Microsoft Research (Asia) as an undergraduate research assistant in game theory and mechanism design. Weiyi is proficient in programming in C++, Python, Java, R, etc. He developed a Python-based open source framework called QuantSoftware Toolkit specially designed to support portfolio construction and management. Weiyi is interested in pursuing a career in quantitative research and algorithm trading.
I joined the Baruch MFE Program because of its dedicated professors and directors.”
Yifan (Ethan) Cui holds a Master of Science in physics from University of Western Ontario in Canada and a bachelor’s degree double majored in applied physics and financial management from Nankai University in China. While working at UWO, he used iterative least square estimation algorithms to decompose and reconstruct MRI images. He also scripted in Matlab simulating Max-VAR modeled as GMB with jumps. In addition to Matlab, Ethan is proficient in C++, Python and Bash. Ethan passed FRM part I & II, CFA level I exams. He plans to pursue a career in quantitative research at one of the bulge bracket banks.
I chose Baruch program because of its dedicated professors, strong connection to industry and cutting-edge curriculum.”
Chao Feng holds a mathematics and finance double major from Renmin University and a Master in Finance also from Renmin Univeristy. Chao interned at HSBC Bank (China) Company Ltd., where he worked on the Non-bank Team in the Financial Institution Group. His honors include a National First Prize in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling for 2011, plus National Scholarships to Renmin University in the years 2011 and 2012. He plans to pursue a career in Quantitative Analysis, Modeling or Risk Management, dealing with derivatives, in an investment bank or a hedge fund company. His hobbies include poker, table tennis, badminton, soccer, rowing, accordion, Chinese chess, music, movies and travelling.
I chose Baruch’s MFE program because of its challenging curriculum, strong faculty, small class size, and outstanding career services.”
Bo (Jessica) Feng holds a Dual Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Economics from Peking University and the National School of Development, as well as a Master of Arts in Economics from New York University. She has interned with Fulcrum Securities, where she worked as a trading assistant and research analyst to monitor market movements of specific equities and commodities and conducted fundamental analysis on equities. Her honors at Peking University include the Xiaguang Scholarship, the Principal’s Fund, and Excellence in Social Work. She plans to pursue a career in portfolio management for either an investment bank or a hedge fund. In her free time, she enjoys piano, guitar, mystery novels, Texas Hold’em, and traveling.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program at Baruch College attracts me with its world-class education, top career service, strong alumni network, and professors’ dedication.”
Xiaofeng Gu holds a bachelor’s degree, Summa Cum Laude, with a major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a minor in Operation Research from Cornell University. Xiaofeng has been working in the Financial Modeling Group at BlackRock for two years where he develops risk and valuation models for credit derivatives and CDO deals, credit VaR models and testing framework for regulatory assignments. Xiaofeng has very strong programming skills (C++, Java, MATLAB and R) and is proficient with the Intex CMO subroutine.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because of its excellent curriculum, committed faculty, and strong alumni network.”
Jing Qiu He holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the University of Virginia, where he graduated cum laude. He has previously worked at Quantworx LLC as a data analyst, where he performed analysis of historical data in various markets and economic data, assisted in back-testing and optimization, and assisted in developing a Risk Management process. He currently works with the NYPD as computer software associate, where he performs data collection and analyzes statistics to identify potential trends and patterns in unlawful activities for certain geographical locations. His honors include a Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship and Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals for excellence in service. He intends to become a quantitative analyst in a trading desk or hedge funds. In his free time he follows a strict workout regimen, including mountain trail runs, and enjoys reading novels, listening to audio books, and golfing.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because of its sense of camaraderie, and the way professors prioritize individual attention to their students.”
Peiquing (Ray) He holds a Bachelor of Science with Honor in Physics from CUNY Queens College, where he also minored in Mathematics and Computer Science. He most recently held a position with JP Morgan Chase (Securitized Product Group), where he was Application Lead, and managed the middle office automation project, trained new and junior developers, assigned development tasks, and prioritized project deliverables. His honors include the Ferdinand J. Shore Physics Award. He plans to pursue a career in quantitative trading and portfolio management. In his free time, he enjoys reading, jogging, and playing video games.
I chose Baruch’s MFE Program because of its balanced curriculum, top notch faculty, excellent career services, and the high reputation of the program.”
Scott Hounsell holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was a Tau Beta Pi and graduated cum laude. Previously, he interned at Capital One Financial, where he worked in Card Operations under Strategic Improvement for the Site Analytics team, and implemented statistical analysis techniques to determine the significance of new site functionalities. His honors include membership in the Alpha Eta Mu Beta Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, a Rensselaer Leadership Award, The Jim Kinnier Scholarship, and the Lieutenant Thomas Kelly Memorial Scholarship. He plans to pursue a career as a quantitative trader at a prop firm or hedge fund. In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, cooking, baseball, and studying foreign languages. He is also a first-rate juggler.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program for two reasons: First, I was thoroughly impressed with the teaching in the Pre-MFE seminar, which indicated to me that the full program would have at least the same level of quality and dedication from the instructors. Second, what I learned about the program while taking the seminars, particularly from the enrolled students during the information session, reinforced my personal research into the quality of the program. In particular, I would highlight the success of graduates and the superb placement network within the Baruch MFE program as the two most important features, which demonstrate its practicality and results-oriented nature.”
Xia Hua holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from Nanyang Technological University and a Ph.D in Computational Economics from Nanyang Technological University. He has worked as a seismic imager for a geophysical company, where he created sophisticated subsurface images from this raw geophysical data. He plans to pursue a career in quantitative risk management. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, playing soccer, and digital painting.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program for its cutting-edge curriculum, dedicated faculty, and good future career opportunities.”
Jingjing Jia holds a Bachelor of Science from FuDan University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she did research in medical/health related fields. She plans to seek a career in portfolio management or risk control at either an investment bank or a hedge fund. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing badminton, and music.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because the curriculum is proficient and practical. Professors are supportive and dedicated, and classmates and alumnus are helpful and friendly.”
Lucy Jiang holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fordham University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She entered Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP as a financial analyst, where her main duties were preparing various financial analyses relating to arbitrage compliance of tax-exempt bonds to the regulations and producing legal opinions. She also began reviewing analysts’ works and interviewing new candidates after her promotion to financial consultant. She plans to pursue a career as a quantitative developer or a quantitative researcher. She enjoys travel in order to see new things, experience different cultures, and try new cuisine, as well as painting and photography. Her favorite sport is snowboarding.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because, in addition to being among the top rated financial engineering programs, it offers a cutting edge curriculum, dedicated faculty, and supportive career services.”
Dion Joren holds a Bachelor’s of Science, in Economics & Business Administration at VU University in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he graduated Cum Laude, and specialized in Quantitative Finance. During his undergraduate work, Dion assisted in the research of AR heteroskedasticity in oil and gas futures, as well as the evaluation and construction of SMC methods with application to unobserved component models. He also lectured in Financial Management, and spent a post-graduate year to focus on rigorous quantitative coursework in Mathematics, Economics, and programming through VU’s BSc in Mathematics program and BSc in Econometrics & Operational Research program. He is interested in pursuing a career in quantitative trading or structured finance, preferably with a strong emphasis on quantitative analysis and financial modeling. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, running, and practicing Kung Fu.
I chose Baruch’s MFE Program because of its rigorous curriculum, highly pragmatic, focus and outstanding career support. The small classes, methodical design, and sense of community underpinned by its committed faculty make for an exceptional atmosphere and exactly what I was looking for in a top tier MFE program.”
Zhenfeng Liang holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the National School of Development of Peking University, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Packaging Technology from Beijing Institute of Technology. He was a teaching assistant for the C++ Programming for Financial Engineering course on QuantNet.com. He was awarded the People’s Scholarship, six times from 2011-2013. He plans to pursue a career as a desk quant or quant developer in an investment bank. In his free time, he enjoys music, basketball, and poker.
I chose Baruch because of its great career service and challenging curriculum. I’m especially pleased that Baruch MFE focuses on programming.”
Lily Liao holds a Bachelor’s Degree Finance and Accounting in South Western University of Finance and Economics, as well as a Master’s Degree in Global Finance from Fordham University, and she has passed CFA level 2. She has held positions with HSBC, where she did financial statement analysis and ran corporate credit reports, and the Agricultural Bank Of China, where she worked in client relationship building. Her paper, “Financial Challenges Facing SME in China: Reasons and Solutions,” was published in the Journal of Investment and Cooperation in 2012.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because of its impressive job placement, unparalleled networking opportunities and perfect location.”
Scott Lin holds a Bachelor of Science from New York University, Stern School of Business, with a double major in Finance and Accounting and minor in Mathematics. He is also a lifetime member of Beta Alpha Psi Business Honor Society. After graduation, he started an online poker consulting business, creating a short stack strategy with knowledge of Nash Equilibrium, game theory, human psychology, and risk management. To implement the strategy he worked closely with SQL programmers to create a proprietary statistical database used to model competitors’ strategic tendencies. He also managed his own trading and brokering system in emerging digital currency (Bitcoins). He is interested in continuing his career as a trader or desk quant. In his free time he enjoys photography, and for the last two years has been photographing for the style blog ANECDOCHE.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because after taking the pre-MFE seminars, I was incredibly impressed by the rigorous curriculum, dedicated staff, and plentiful career opportunities provided by the program.”
Wei Liu holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Fudan University, and a PhD in Physics from the City College of New York, where he was a Research and Teaching Assistant. He was a Visiting Researcher in Tulane University’s Department of Physics. His awards include the PSC-CUNY Regular Competition Awards in Physics, a Scholarship for Fundamental Sciences and a First Prize Freshman Scholarship from Fudan University, and the First Prize in National High School Physics Olympiad. He has published in Physical Review B and PLoS ONE. He plans to pursue a career as a quant at an investment bank or hedge fund. In his free time, he enjoys basketball, football, and cooking.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because in addition to being a top-ranked program, it has small class sizes, good internship opportunities, and excellent cultural diversity.”
Xuefei Liu holds a Bachelor of Economics with a major in Finance and a minor in Applied Mathematics from Peking University. He has held internships with China Galaxy Securities Co., Ltd., where he worked in the Derivatives Department and participated in proposing the supervising procedure of collateral repo of stocks, and Hongyuan Securities Co., Ltd., where he worked in the Fixed-Income Securities Department and took part in the research on the current situation of China bond market and business strategy of bond products. His awards include the Taishin Holdings Scholarship for Finance Majors, and the 20th Challenge Cup Academic Contest of Peking University, where he earned Second Place with his topic: “Influence of Urbanization on Energy Consumption: Case Study of Beijing.” He is interested in becoming a trader at an investment bank. In his spare time he play guitar, and is organizing a club for the study of Confucian philosophy.
I chose Baruch because of the personal attention provided by the faculty, (particularly Professor Gatheral) its ideal location, and the dedication of professors like Dr. Stefanica.”
Jun Liu holds a Bachelor of Science from China Agricultural University and a Master of Science with a focus on Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jun held a position as a landscape architect associate with Arnold Associates, where she implemented all design phases from concepts, design and rendering, and participated in design meetings and project site visits. Jun is interested in a career in quantitative analysis, risk management, and algorithmic trading. Jun enjoys skiing, travel, photography, painting watercolors, and exploring worldwide cuisine.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because I was impressed by the dedicated faculty and well-organized courses during the Pre-MFE Seminars. Also because of its cutting edge curriculum, and superior location in New York.”
Thomas Liu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Jilin Institute of Technology. He has extensive experience in application integration, database design, and application development, and is experienced on both .NET and Java platforms. Thomas plans to pursue a career in algorithmic trading, ideally a quantitative role at a hedge fund. Thomas enjoys chess and cross-country jogging in his free time.
I chose Baruch’s MFE Program after attending the Pre-MFE seminars, because it has an outstanding faculty, a supportive alumni network and excellent placement record.”
Alex Miller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University. He has held a position with Epic Software in Madison, Wisconsin, where he wrote code to efficiently retrieve and analyze medical data for large health care organizations, used Caché, SQL, Excel, and Crystal Reports. His organization of issue resolution resulted in a 30% drop in high-and critical-priority issues in Indiana over three months. He also created and analyzed Crystal Reports, providing recommendations that improved schedule slot utilization for a Massachusetts-based client and raised profits 10% over two months. He plans to work as a desk quant, performing derivatives pricing at a hedge fund. In his spare time he enjoys creating crossword puzzles for submission to the New York Times, and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because I was impressed during the pre-MFE courses by the level of rigor and the passion of the faculty. The emphasis on strong career services and a curriculum that will be applicable to the current job market was a key factor, as was the location.”
Yun Peng holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the Kuang Yaming Honors School of Nanjing University, where he majored in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, as well as a PhD in Mathematics from Louisiana State University, where he concentrates on Stochastic Analysis. He previously held a position with the Louisiana Highway Safety Research Group, where he was an analyst on text mining. His publications include “Ito Formula and Girsanov Theorem for Anticipating Stochastic Integrals”, and “Generalization of the Anticipative Girsanov Theorem”, both published in Communications on Stochastic Analysis. He plans to seek a career in quantitative modeling on equity or fixed income. In his spare time, he plays basketball, watches football, and sticks to a strict work-out regimen.
I chose Baruch MFE because of its top reputation among all the programs, its excellent career service for students and its great location in the NYC.”
Sam Pfeiffer holds a Bachelors of Science from Brooklyn College, where he majored in Financial Mathematics and minored in Computer Science, and graduated cum laude. Sam has held a Real Estate Investment Internship with Acme Equities LLC, where he standardized the company’s income statements, return models, and cash flow statements, and prepared a hotel investment analysis to present to potential investors. He was also a Hedge Fund Intern with Thalheim Capital, where he researched foreign exchanges, identified liquid futures contracts to potentially incorporate within the company portfolio, and performed backtests to evaluate new trading strategies.His honors include the Gussie Federbush Schwebel Memorial Scholarship in Science or Mathematics, the Theodore J. Rivlin Memorial Award for outstanding graduating seniors in the Brooklyn College Mathematics Department, the David Lipson Memorial Award for demonstrated academic excellence, exemplary character, and interest in pursuing mathematical studies, the William M. Lowell Putnam Award, and a Bertram Fields, ’42, Scholarship for his essay on economic forecasting for the Brooklyn College Economic Department. Sam is interested in pursuing a career in algorithmic trading, most likely in either a hedge fund or a proprietary trading firm. During his spare time, he enjoys traveling, skiing, and playing piano and guitar.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program college because of its excellent curriculum, dedicated career services, small close-knit student body, and highly regarded reputation.”
Mo Shen holds a Bachelor of Economics from Zhejiang University, where he majored in International Finance and minored in English and was awarded the Chen Xiang Mei Prize in the National Matriculation Test, and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Peking University, where he majored in Finance and held a Teaching Assistant Scholarship in Financial Economics. He has held several positions with the China Construction Bank, working as part of the Financial Markets Department’s Product Development and Management Team, where he designed multi-tranche overseas products, and grew product scale to the second largest in China. He also worked in the Derivatives Sales and Trading Team dealing with FX, IR, bonds, equities, commodities, mutual funds and indexes. He plans to pursue a role as a quantitative analyst at an investment bank or commercial bank. In his spare time, he enjoys soccer, running marathons, and Bel Canto bass.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because I was impressed by the dedication of the faculty and the director.”
Luxi Tang holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, after transferring from an accounting program at SUNY Buffalo. Luxi interned with BeeTech, Inc., and PCB Piezotronics, Inc., and currently holds a position as a part-time assistant at Law Offices of Peter L. Quan. Luxi’s honors include an international scholarship to attend SUNY, and a Degree with Distinction from UNC. Luxi is interested in working as a quant or a risk at an investment bank. In her spare time, Luxi enjoys watching movies and cooking.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because it provides such extraordinary help during students’ job hunting process.”
Eldar Urmanov holds a Bachelor of Arts in Actuarial Science from Baruch College, where he minored in Economics, and graduated Magna Cum Laude, as well as a Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology – Network Administration from the State University of New York, College of Technology at Alfred. He currently works at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in Global Markets Risk, Portfolio Analysis/Stress Testing group. Past financial internships include Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Market Risk in Structured Credit Trading, Debtwire (a Financial Times Group company) – Credit Analysis in Municipal Bonds department, and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank – Corporate Investment Management in Leveraged Loans department. He received the “Excellence in Education” Full Scholarship to study at State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred. He is interested in pursuing a career in quantitative risk management, algorithmic trading and quantitative research at a hedge fund.In his free time he enjoys playing tennis, running, hiking, reading books, and watching movies.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because of its top-notch quality education, small classes, stellar faculty, outstanding career services, excellent coursework structure, and friendly and supportive atmosphere.”
Chengbin Wang holds a Bachelor of Management and Information Systems from Qingdao University, where he held a Province Government Scholarship, and a Master’s of Science in Computer Science from New York University. He was a Senior Java developer for Nomura Securities, where he shared service team for credit technology, projects including Client API development & maintenance, system monitoring and health check. He is also a Technology Analyst for Citigroup, where he works for Reference Data distribution infrastructure and the exchange traded derivative support team. His projects include backend support website development, research data tweeting plugin development, and re-engineering of domain data storage and query. He has also passed CFA Level I and Level II exams. He is interested in an analytical or technical job in high frequency trading, algorithmic trading, or equity market making. His hobbies include badminton, traveling, movies, and karaoke.
I chose Baruch for its excellent faculty, nice course design, and strong connections in the financial industry. For me, the most impressive thing is the way the director and other professors prioritize the students’ careers, devoting great efforts to help each one shape their career path.”
Ze Wang holds a BS in Electronics Engineering from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a BS in Economics from Peking University. He has worked as a Data Assistant and conducted analyses of Index Arbitrage for China International Capital Corporation’s Research Department. He has passed Level I of the CFA, and is interested in pursuing a career in algorithmic trading in a hedge fund or investment bank. In his free time he enjoys reading, listening to music, and swimming.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because of its practical curriculum, excellent career service, strong sense of community.”
Yize Wang holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematical Decision Sciences (Statistics) and Applied Math from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also passed CFA Level I, and became the first student in the university’s history to pass the five preliminary actuarial exams in just one year. While an undergraduate, he earned The Mathematical Decision Sciences Award (1st place in the department) and graduated Magna Cum Laude from his department, with Highest Honor (Department) and Highest Distinction (University). He was also awarded the Herbert Mayo Brown Fellowship for his research paper on High Frequency Trading, titled “Don’t be Late: Examining the Cost of Latency.” He was a Modeling Actuary Analyst at SCOR Global Life Americas, where he assisted with a Model Conversion Project which assessed the validation of insurance policy pricing models. He plans to pursue a career in quantitative analysis or financial modeling In his spare time, Yize enjoys playing pool.
I chose Baruch’s MFE for its small class size, dedicated faculty, and outstanding placement statistics. Students are capable of succeeding in their jobs because of various training sessions every week and well-organized course structure.”
Haotian Wu holds a Bachelor’s of Science, Chemistry, from the Honor Degree Program of the University of Science and Technology of China, as well as a Master’s Degree in Science with a focus in Chemistry from New York University. His honors include commendations for “Outstanding Undergraduate Research Project” and “Outstanding Undergraduate Graduation Project” from USTC. His publications include “Enhancing catalytic selectivity of supported metal nanoparticles with capping ligands”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2013. He plans to pursue a career in quantitative analysis, financial modeling or risk management. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball and soccer, and reading.
I decided to join the Baruch MFE Program because of its supportive career services, challenging curriculum, and excellent location.”
Nuo Xu holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and Economics from Xiamen University, and a Master of Science in Biostatistics from Brown University. Her honors include the Public Health Department Tuition Scholarship. She previously worked at the Columbia University Medical Center as a Statistical Analyst, where she was involved in multiple research projects within the Breast Cancer Quality of Care (BQUAL) study. She intends to pursue a career in quantitative research or statistical arbitrage. She enjoys singing, watching movies, traveling, and jogging in her free time.
I chose Baruch because of its cutting edge curriculum, the dedicated faculty, and the close-knit, supportive alumni cohort, which make this program truly unique.”
Rongxin Yu holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a double major in Economics from Peking University. He was awarded 2nd Prize in the 20th National College Go Game competition representing Peking University. Rongxin interned at CITIC Securities, where he developed and backtested several intraday trading strategies for index futures. He also interned at CGOG Futures Company, where he conducted research in the oil and natural gas markets. Rongxin has extensive experiences in using Monte Carlo simulations coded in C++ for VaR calculation. In addition to C++, Rongxin is also proficient in programming in R, MatLab, and VBA. Rongxin is interested in pursuing a career in algo-trading or quantitative analysis. He enjoys playing poker, go game, basketball, and working out.
I choose the Baruch MFE Program because of its dedicated staff, practical curriculum, small class, ideal location, and outstanding career service.”
Yiwen(Arietta)Zhang holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Central University of Finance and Economics where she majored in Mathematical Economics and Mathematical Finance. She interned with Zhong De Securities, a Deutsche Bank Joint Venture, where she worked in the Fixed Income Department, participating in pricing and risk evaluation of securitization products, monitoring China bond markets and providing weekly reports to IBD. She also interned at Lazard China on the Financial Advisory Team, and Citibank Beijing where she worked in the Top Tier Local Corporation. She was a National Champion in the 24th Han Suyin Translation Contest in China, and earned an Excellent Student Scholarship from the Central University. She plans to pursue a career in quantitative analysis, and is particularly interested in those that specialize in Fixed Income. In her spare time, she enjoys learning languages, classical music, and tennis.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because of its unmatched dedication provided by the faculty, its excellent reputation in the industry, and its perfect location.”
Wenbo Zhang holds a Bachelor of Science from Wuhan University, where he majored in Finance and minored in Mathematics, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He holds a Master’s of Science in Statistics and Operations from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has interned with Credit Suisse (China Branch), Beijing, China, where he worked in the Corporate Financing Department and assisted in two IPO cases, valued companies and wrote draft for IPO proposals, monitored the manufacturing sector, and tracked 33 stocks and analyzed their performance from 2008-2012. He also interned with Central China Future Co., Ltd, where he was a Trading Assistant in their Future Investment Department. His work was named the “Best Rural Financial Work,” and he was awarded 4th place overall in the 6th Citi Cup Financial IT Competition in 2010. He plans to pursue a career of quantitative analysis and trading. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing poker, and extreme sports such as bungee jumping.
I chose Baruch because of the cutting-edge curriculum, excellent faculty and closed relation to the market. I was deeply impressed by Professor Stefanica’s dedication to the program when visiting campus. It is the key that makes Baruch successful and distinguished from others.”
Xiaoyu Zhang holds a Bachelor of Science from the Chu Kochen Honors College of Zhejiang University, where he majored in Mathematics & Applied Mathematics. He has held positions with China Minsheng Banking Corp., where he participated in the loan process and assisted in the risk management, and the Ace Wind of Fortune Programme, where he interned in 2013, collecting financial data of the BRIC market. He was awarded third prize scholarships in both Academics and Overall Performance for the years 2011 and 2012, and was awarded an “Excellent Thesis” commendation. He plans to pursue a career as a quantitative analyst for a trading desk. In his spare time, he enjoys Texas Hold’em Poker, tennis, Chinese chess, and swimming.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because of its record of good placement, great alumni, and hard-working director and staff. Plus, it gives me an opportunity to strengthen my programming skills.”
Vipul Bhandari holds a B.Tech in Textile Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Vipul has 10 years of experience in application development, database design, and application architecture. Vipul is experienced in Java, j2ee, C/C++, has passed CFA level 1, and is certified in derivative market and security market in NSE (New Delhi). He was ranked 33rd in United Council for Educational Research and Scientific Advancement in the Indian learning exam. Vipul intends to focus on algorithmic or research quant trading. He enjoys reading and playing cricket in his free time.
I decided to join Baruch’s MFE program due to the personal attention the faculty provides, the small class, and the highly-focused, challenging coursework.
Yu Gan holds a BS with honors in Mathematics and Physics with a minor in Finance from Tsinghua University. While at University, Mr. Gan earned the Haodushu Scholarship, the NOK Mektron Scholarship, the Tsinghua Xuetang Academic Elite Scholarship, and was named an Excellent student leader. Yu has worked as a Compensation & Benefits Analyst for Mars, a Part Time Analyst for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, held an internship at PwC, and worked as a Financial Engineering Analyst for Essence Securities. Yu would like to pursue a career in quantitative research and algorithm trading. He enjoys Chinese pop music and singing.
The solid course design, excellent campus location, outstanding career service, and more important, faculty commitment to our success all made Baruch MFE my first choice.
John Xiao Han holds a BS in Statistics from the University of Science and Technology of China, where he passed five Actuarial exams from SOA and received an AIG Scholarship, and a Master’s degree in Statistics from Cornell University. He was the Associate Director of Marketing Science for In4mation Insights, where he partnered with senior members to support the predictive modeling for large retail clients, identified business objectives, developed best modeling approaches, managed projects and offered quantitative perspective on their pricing and promotion strategies, and worked on research & development projects, utilizing cutting-edge modeling techniques (e.g. MCMC, GLM, and classification methods) to solve clients’ business problems. Xiao also interned with RBC Capital Markets as the front desk risk intern in Global Arbitrage & Trading. During his internship, he focused on managing stress tests for all Prop Trading Strategies in GAT, tracked strategy performance and risk changes, ensured the correctness of hedges under different scenarios, provided insights of the portfolio changes for Head of Trading, and other senior management, and worked on Bond ETF decomposition for index arbitrage strategy. He plans to pursue a career in Quantitative Trading, because he enjoys being challenged constantly and working in a highly competitive environment. He feels that trading would offer an exciting and rewarding career. He enjoys traveling and playing soccer in his free time.
I joined Baruch’s MFE Program when I was offered the opportunity to join in the Spring 2013 semester, after visiting the campus for an on-site interview. Professor Stefanica’s dedication to the program and strong faith in me made me decide to join right away, and I know I made the right decision.
Jun Hua holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Zhejiang University, where he earned the ZJU Excellent Student Scholarship, and was awarded Second Prize in the 3rd National College Art Competition by China’s Ministry of Education for symphony performance. Jun also holds a MS in Computer Science from Yale University, where he was awarded the Outstanding Graduation Thesis Award for his dissertation, “Markov Chain Monte Carlo Model in Wind Energy Forecasting.” Jun has held internships with Dealogic, where he worked with Software Developers to optimize products, Morgan Stanley Huaxin Funds, where he conducted pattern identification models and stock market prediction systems, and China Galaxy Securities Company, where he assisted investment bankers in an IPO project for risk analysis. Jun plans to pursue a career in Algo-Trading or Quantitative Analysis. He enjoys playing classical music, soccer, and running in his spare time.
I chose Baruch because of their cutting-edge curriculum, top notch faculty, and close relationship with the market.
Alireza Kashef holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, where he majored in Mechanics of Solids and was ranked in the top 5% of his class. He holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He is the Founder/CEO of Novexir / Novinexir, a consulting firm specializing in plastics manufacturing and recycling, and provided consulting services to the manufacturing industry (and occasional services to other industries). He has won two silver medals in National Mathematics Olympiads (Iran), was ranked 13th among more than 300,000 participants in the National University Entrance Examination (Iran), and has passed Levels I and II of the CFA exam. Alireza is interested in pursuing a career in asset management, preferably a position that will allows him to optimize his engineering background. In his free time, he enjoys playing (and composing/improvising on) the piano, reading, playing tennis, soccer, chess, backgammon, and poker, and skiing.
I chose Baruch because of its commitment to excellence in education, friendly and team-oriented approach, and the dedicated faculty, all under one roof at the heart of financial markets.
Justin Leung holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Investment and minoring in mathematics, from Baruch College. He has worked as a Marketing Executive, developing and implementing full-year strategic business promotion plans, and as a Brokerage Sales Support and MIS Manager, where he was responsible for supervising daily sales transaction processing, support, compliance and MIS, including commission and incentive program payment calculating and processing. He is interested in a career in quantitative analysis and modeling, and risk management. In his free time he enjoys cooking and playing the drums.
I chose Baruch because of its location in New York, the curriculum, dedicated faculty, small class size, and close-knit, supportive student body.
Howard Lewis holds a BSc Computer Science, with First Class Honors from Manchester University. He has held the position of Vice President of Technology and Data at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in various Equity, Private Wealth Management and cross company IT roles as C++/Java/Perl developer and in technical, project and line management. Key roles include global head of XML messaging standards, implementation of various European trading systems, technical lead for electronic trade confirmation project, chief developer of a metadata driven real time data quality rules engine and chief architect/manager for a high profile banking collateral management system. Recent projects include a mortgage amortization system and a rules-based disclosures system for Wealth Management. Prior to this position, he worked as an account development manager (technical sales support), image and workflow lead developer (C++ and Gupta (Visual basic competitor), and a management consultant at International Computers Limited (now part of Fujitsu). Among his accolades are winning the British Company Society University team competition, passing the UK SFA Registered Representative examination, and becoming Tower Hamlets Employee Volunteer of the Year (2001), an award won by the chairman of Morgan Stanley International the next year (in 2002).Howard intends to work in algorithmic trading, where he can combine mathematical finance with his computer experience in developing high performance computer systems. In his free time, he enjoys photography, working out, art, watching soccer and cricket, reading, travel, going to museums and listening to music. He also plays the guitar.
I chose Baruch because it offered a variety of fine ingredients namely an excellent comprehensive program, a perfect location walkable from my workplace and home, situated in the world’s financial center, and in particular on-site classes rather than remote or online coursework. The pre-MFE courses were intensive and challenging and convinced me that Baruch was the place for me.
Tianyu Li holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Nankai University, a BiMBA (Beijing International MBA) from Peking University, and a Master of Science in Global Finance from Fordham University. He was awarded the Rising Star Scholarship and Academic Excellence Award while at Peking, and the Nasdaq OMX Scholarship at Fordham. Tianyu worked with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (China) Limited for three years, where he was based in the Business Promotion Department Cash Management Service Section, with responsibility for corporate clients’ payment services, collection services, liquidity management and electronic banking. He also interned with Apple China and Solventure, in both instances focusing on supply chain management and demand forecasts. Tianyu plans to pursue a career in algorithmic trading and portfolio management. He enjoys playing chess, soccer, basketball, and baseball, and is a fan of science fiction.
I chose Baruch MFE because of its great reputation in the financial industry, its cutting-edge curriculum, and its close, supportive class and faculty.
Eliezer Lopukhin holds a BBA in Statistics and Quantitative Modeling, with a minor in Mathematics, from Baruch College, where he was named an Honor’s Scholar. He received the Robert Demb Honors Scholarship, and was on the Dean’s list throughout his undergraduate career. He interned with UBS, focusing on Securities Lending Operational Risk Management.Eliezer is interested in a career with a strong tie to the markets, i.e. risk management or trading. His ideal position would emphasize significant quantitative analysis while constantly monitoring the markets. He enjoys playing the guitar, yoga, reading fantasy novels, and whitewater rafting in his free time.
I chose the Baruch MFE program because it forms a tight knit group of students and faculty dedicated to helping one another. The wide range of class offerings and learning opportunities made it the best of the programs I looked at, and having done my undergraduate studies here, I couldn’t see myself studying anywhere else.
Nikos Rachmanis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Honors and a Masters of Research in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, as well as an MBA in Financial Instruments and Markets from the New York University Stern School of Business. He previously worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions buy side team for Computer Associates. Prior to this, he was a research assistant at the Volatility Institute at NYU under the supervision of Prof. Robert Engle and Prof. Viral Acharya. He has also interned at the quant prop desk of FXcube LLC in New York and the Equity Derivatives Structuring desk at BNP Paribas Arbitrage in Paris. He was awarded a diploma at the International Mathematical Olympiad. Nikos is interested in pursuing a career in research and development focusing on systematic trading. He enjoys playing poker and going to Broadway shows in his free time.
I chose Baruch because of its great team of dedicated faculty, small class size, and excellent reputation in the industry.
Svetlana Rafailova holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with a concentration in finance from Baruch College. She was awarded the Macaulay Honors scholarship for the duration of her undergraduate studies for her academic excellence. She also studied Quantitative Methods, Banking & Finance, and German at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. Svetlana worked as a Corporate and Investment Banking Operations intern at J.P. Morgan, where she analyzed failed trades, set up and registered securities for clients, and created trending analyses of discrepancies in the company-wide security system. She also held an internship with the Wealth Management team at UBS, coordinating research and tracking merger and acquisition deals to offer financial services to new clients. Svetlana is interested in pursuing her career in quantitative analysis and financial modelling. She enjoys travelling, skiing, playing volleyball, and studying different languages.
I chose Baruch MFE because, as an alumnus of Baruch’s undergraduate program, I experienced the expertise of several MFE professors, and was enriched and challenged by their teaching methods. I know that the cachet that comes from being an alumnus of the Baruch Masters in Financial Engineering program will be crucial as I build my career.
Nazar Romanyak holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Statistics and Quantitative Modeling from Baruch College, which he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Nazar works at TIAA-CREF, where he implements fixed income trading platforms in Bloomberg AIM. He has also participated in MIT and TrX trading competitions. He is interested in pursuing a career in algorithmic trading or quantitative risk management. In his free time Nazar likes to play chess, volleyball, ping pong, and soccer.
I chose the Baruch MFE program for its outstanding reputation, excellent employment rate, dedicated faculty members, small classes, and friendly atmosphere.
Xiaoyin Rong holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, with honors, from Wuhan University, and a Master of Science in Finance, with honors, from Renmin University of China. While studying at Renmin, Xiaoyin served as a Research Assistant in risk management and quantitative trading, and was named “Outstanding Graduate Student.” She has also passed CFA Level 2 Certification. She has interned with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants where she was an assistant consultant, and with the Capital Market Division of Xinan Securities. Xiaoyin is interested in pursuing a career in algorithmic trading and risk management. During her free time, she enjoys cooking and traveling.
I chose Baruch because I was impressed by the dedicated faculty and well-organized courses during Pre-MFE Seminars, and I have been dedicated to this program ever since.
Fubo Shi holds a double Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Economics from Peking University, where he won a Founder First Prize Scholarship, was named a Beijing Outstanding Graduate, an Outstanding Graduate of Peking University, and earned the Excellent Student at Studying Award. Fubo also holds a Master of Science in Chemistry from New York University, and has four publications in the field of chemistry. He is interested in pursuing a career in risk management at an investment bank or a hedge fund. He enjoys badminton, tennis, saxophone, clarinet, and traveling in his free time.
I chose Baruch’s MFE program because of its challenging curriculum, strong faculty, small class size, and supportive career services.
Ashutosh Singh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology, Materials, & Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, and an MBA in Finance, Quantitative Methods, and Information Systems from IIM Bangalore. He has previously worked for Bloomberg LP, Fortress Investment Group, Vice President, UBS Investment Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Ashutosh is interested in pursuing a quantitative role at a hedge fund. He enjoys writing programs, running, and hiking in his free time.
I chose Baruch because I was impressed with my experience as part of the Pre-MFE program, and my interactions with its faculty.
Wenhui Wang holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering from Tongji University, whose structural engineering department is ranked first in China. He was a Visiting Student for the third UK Graduate Modeling Camp at the University of Oxford, as well as for the seminar in Spectral Methods of Uncertainty Quantification at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach. He was awarded a National Scholarship, 1st Class, the US Cyrus Tang Foundation Scholarship, multiple Academic Scholarships, an Outstanding Student Award, the Award of the Mechanic Contest, 3rd Class, and was named an Excellent Student Leader at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Wenhui was a Quantitative Risk Intern with Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where he focused on interest rate swaps stress testing, historical VaR margin, and guaranty fund model validation. He was also M&A Analyst Intern with Blackmore Partners Inc., where he assessed and contacted executives, conducted companies’ research based on annual reports, and provided executives with guidance on acquiring target companies backed by private equity group. Wenhui competed in the TD Ameritrade Trading Competition and the 2013 CME Commodity Trading Challenge. He has worked as a quantitative researcher in petroleum reservoir modeling at the Computational Transportation Phenomenon Lab, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and as a Structural Engineer for the Shanghai Institute of Mechanical &Electrical Engineering Co., Ltd. He plans to pursue a career in algorithm trading, quantitative risk management, or investment banking. He enjoys playing tennis, enjoys music and movies, and going to the gym.
I chose Baruch because the high quality is reflected at each corner: in their rigorous admission process, their esteemed professors, dynamic curriculum, and strong career support and alumni network.
Brad Warren holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, where he was Valedictorian, and graduated with both degrees in May 2013. He also took courses in the Baruch MFE program while he was an undergraduate. He interned at Morgan Stanley as a Strat in Securitized Products, where he worked on the residential mortgage credit desk. He recently started working full-time as a Strat at Morgan Stanley in options Automated Market Making. He researches models and develops strategies and algorithms for market making and managing risk. He is excited to be starting his career doing quant research in options market making, and is working to learn as much as he can and excel in his new role. Brad enjoys dance in his free time.
I joined Baruch’s MFE Program because I want to learn, and have been impressed with the program and faculty.
Peng Wu holds a BA in Finance from Wuhan University, where he was awarded a Special Freshman Scholarship and passed CFA Level I, and an MS in Global Finance from Fordham University. Peng has had internships with Huarong Securities in Wuhan, where he focused on searching for investment reports online and helped edit weekly updates for customers, and with The Riderwood Group Incorporated, where he analyzed the overall quality of real estate in Florida and gave ratings to each property. Peng analyzed 700 properties each day, and with his rate of nearly 90 properties per hour, he was among the top 3 in a team of 40 analysts. Peng plans to pursue a career as an algorithmic trader at an investment bank after graduation. He enjoys basketball (he was the top player in his undergraduate class’s basketball team) and watching movies in his free time.
I chose Baruch after attending the Pre-MFE seminars, because it has an outstanding placement rate and a supportive alumni network.
Yanzhu Wu holds a B.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering and an M.Sc. in Circuit and System from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, where she was named a Merit student, and awarded both a First-Prize Scholarship and three Outstanding Leadership Awards. Yanzhu has worked as a Personal Banker for Bank of America, a Researcher / Engineer on mathematical models of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) of Mandarin with the R&D Group of Asahi Kasei Corporation, Japan, and a Software Driver developer with Beijing Swifton Research Center Co., Ltd., where she worked in the development and debugging of the VoIP gateway ac483 chip driver design. She has held internships with IBM China Development Lab in Beijing as a Product Field Engineer, and Beijing Web-Wireless Tech Co., Ltd as a Software Engineer. Yanzhu intends to pursue a career in quantitative analysis after graduation. She enjoys watching documentaries, travelling, and learning about new cultures and culinary styles.
I chose Baruch’s MFE Program because their courses reflect the needs of the ever-changing financial employment environment. Thus, graduates are successful in the current job market, as seen by their outstanding employment statistics. The faculty has a strong background in the financial industry and a great reputation in the academic world.
Bo Yuan holds a BA in Engineering from Tsinghua University with a minor in Economics. Bo earned a National Scholarship to Tsinghua, was named an outstanding graduate from Peking University, and continued at Peking University to pursue a Masters in Finance when he decided to transfer to Baruch’s MFE Program. He held an internship with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Sales & Trading, Hong Kong office, where he worked the FX & Rates and Equity Derivative desks, as well as a part-time internship with the China International Capital Corporation in the equity research department of their Beijing office. He is interested in pursuing a quantitative job (desk quant) at an investment bank, or a quantitative trading position at a hedge fund. Bo enjoys watching Formula One racing and going to the gym.
I chose to come to Baruch because of its expertly designed and practical curriculum, its excellent placement record, and the helpful and dedicated faculty.
He (Hillary) Zhao holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Accounting and Finance and a minor in Economics, from the University of Hong Kong, where she earned First Class Honours. She also earned a Beta Gamma Sigma Lifetime Membership, an Emperor Foundation Scholarship, an HKSI (Hong Kong Securities Institute) Junior Scholarship, and a Citibank University Banking Course Outstanding Student Award. She passed CFA Level 2 and is Bloomberg certified in Essentials, Equities, Foreign Exchange, Fixed Income, and Commodities. Hillary has worked for Access Investment Management as an investment research associate, where she performed buy-side equity research, sourced investment ideas from top-down approach, and conducted macro analysis on China. She was also an investment banking summer analyst for the Royal Bank of Scotland where she performed primary research and due diligence on the Industrial sector for IPO, M&A deals; utilized CCA, CTA and DCF models in company valuation and forecasting financials; and consolidate research and analysis findings into compelling client presentations. She is interested in pursuing quantitative research or risk management as a career. Hillary enjoys swimming and badminton in her free time.
I chose Baruch because of its dedicated faculty members, cutting edge curriculum, and superior location in New York.
Wenyi Zhou holds a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a BSc in Experimental Psychology (with honors) from the University of York. She earned The Herbert Zimmer Scholar Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishments, the York Award for Excellent Final Year Undergraduate Student, the International Student of the Year, and the Advanced Level Business Student Award, as well as delivering 14 talks on human behaviors in international academic conferences. Wenyi worked as an Investigator & Data Analyst for Cognition Laboratory, Bloomington, where she developed a model to understand memory mechanisms in the human brain, collected data using surgical, pharmaceutical, and neurobiological approaches, analyzed data using correlation and regression using one-way and higher order ANOVA, implemented an experiment driver program using Java, and performed data analysis using Matlab and SPSS. She was also an Analyst Intern with China Merchants Bank, as well as a research assistant & data analyst with Columbia University’s Laboratory for Time Perception at the New York State Psychiatry Institute. Dr. Zhou enjoys calligraphy and painting as well as running and playing poker.
I chose Baruch for its dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, excellent career service, and job placement. Most importantly, the personal attention and the career advice directly from the faculty members make Baruch MFE program truly unique. I believe this program will facilitate my transition to a successful career in the financial industry.
Liqun Zhu holds a BS in physics and a Double BA in Economics from Peking University, where he was a merited student from 2010-2011. Prior to joining the Baruch MFE Program, Liqun interned as a quantitative analyst with Wenjin Capital, Ltd., where he made statistical analysis of futures pair trading strategies, and held an internship with Zurich Insurance Group, where he worked with a team to propose a business plan for the marketing of a product. He is interested in pursuing a career as a desk quant or quant analyst specializing in fixed income. Liqun enjoys swimming, travelling, and table tennis.
I chose to join Baruch’s MFE program because its placement rates are among the best in the country, and I admired its strong sense of community.
Juan Pablo Alonso holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary. He has passed Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program. Prior to joining the Baruch MFE Program he traded equities for a proprietary trading firm based in Canada where he developed, tested, and operated automated statistical arbitrage trading systems on multiple ETFs. He is interested in pursuing a career in research and development focusing on algorithmic trading. Juan enjoys running, squash, and reading.
I chose to join Baruch’s MFE Program because of its challenging curriculum, strong faculty members, great placement numbers, New York location, and small and selective class.
Kenneth Chan holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a MBA specializing in Finance from Baruch College. He has passed Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program. He has over 10 years of software development and database programming experience. He is interested in pursuing a career as a quantitative trader. In his spare time, Kenneth enjoys swimming.
The faculty’s dedication to this program was one of my main reasons for choosing Baruch College. It fits my personality very well and I learn well under this kind of environment.
Ling Gu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Economics, and Finance from St. Olaf College. He has worked at Dongxing Securities Ltd as a technical analyst intern. He is interested in becoming a trader, a desk quant or a research quant. Ling enjoys playing pool and chess.
I decided to join the Baruch MFE Program because of its great career service, fast-paced and challenging curriculum and its location.
Simon Hermiz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Western Michigan University. He has also completed two additional years of coursework in Statistics and Computer Science. He has over five years of commercial banking experience in Credit Risk Management and is currently working as a Graduate Intern at BNY Mellon’s Credit Risk Modeling Group. His current work involves using internal and external credit default data to recalibrate BNY Mellon’s LGD model under Basel II. He is interested in pursuing a career in entrepreneurship, technology, structured finance, asset management, or real estate. Simon enjoys hackathons, hockey, traveling, and poker.
Baruch’s MFE Program appealed to me for the following reasons: Location, Cutting Edge Curriculum, Top Notch Faculty, Small Class Size, and Strong Alumni/Faculty/Career Services Support
David Herssein received his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from CUNY Brooklyn College, with Departmental honors. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Theodore J. Rivlin Memorial Award, the David Lipson Memorial Award, and the Franc Wertheimer ’50 Memorial Award. For the past year David has been an adjunct lecturer for the department of Mathematics at CUNY Brooklyn College. In his spare time, he likes to cook, play piano, and enjoy the outdoors. David is interested in becoming desk quant, and working in portfolio management.
While attending the Baruch Pre-MFE seminars I quickly realized that the instructors at Baruch were excellent and that Baruch has a small elite program in which the faculty genuinely wants each student to succeed.
Rong Hu background is in surface physics. She earned her Ph.D. in the subject from the University of Hong Kong and has authored five papers. Eileen is looking to get into derivatives trading and option pricing. Her favorite activities include camping, diving, and soccer.
The ideal location and dedicated staff. The great connection to the financial industry is also a big plus.
Deo Jaiswal is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. He currently works as a consultant at Citigroup. His professional interests include options trading and statistical arbitrage. In his spare time he enjoys classical music.
My strong interest in Baruch’s MFE program developed while attending the Pre-MFE seminars. The individual attention to students’ progress, the close-knit community among Baruch faculty and students, and the rigorous curriculum with its pragmatic applications are some of the reasons that made me join the Baruch MFE Program.
Kun Ji has several years of experience working in the financial industry. He has spent many of those years as an equity trader and has also worked as a pension specialist. Kun joined Baruch’s MFE Program to pursue a career in quantitative trading. His interests include sports, reading, and poker.
Great location, outstanding curriculum, and a strong faculty that really cares about students.
Srinivas Kannepalli earned his Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He has financial experience developing equities reconciliation systems for Bank of America, credit risk systems for Morgan Stanley, and valuations systems for Goldman Sachs. Srinivas enjoys playing card games and reading about Philosophy. He is interested in a career in quantitative analysis and modelling, risk management or algorithmic trading.
I chose Baruch MFE program because of the small class size, excellent reputation, personal attention given to each student and the placement services. I am sure that the refresher courses and the strong curriculum will
Jin Kong earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Peking University, and a Master of Science in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from University of California, Los Angeles. He intends to work in algorithmic trading at an investment bank or hedge fund. Jin loves to cook and play tennis.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program for its great reputation in NYC, its placement of graduates, and the personality of Prof. Stefanica
Jason Krugly holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science from Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He has significant experience working as a software developer and has worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, and Deutsche Bank. After graduating from the Baruch MFE Program he would like to pursue a career in trading and developing pricing models for derivative securities. Jason enjoys lifting weights, running, and swimming.
I chose to join the Baruch MFE Program for two reasons: not only because it is one of the best and most affordable programs available in the New York City area, but also because it is the only program I am aware of that offered the prospective students an opportunity to enroll in the Pre-MFE refresher seminars. These seminars provided a unique opportunity to review the mathematical and financial concepts necessary for the MFE Program and also exposed the prospective students to the teaching styles of the professors who teach in the program. The top-notch quality of teaching and the rigorous nature of the coursework was the deciding factor that led me to choose the Baruch MFE Program over other programs.
Yaakov Landy before attending college, Yaakov studied the Talmud for three years. He attended Baruch College for his undergraduate degree, where he studied physics and graduated with honors. He is interested in a career in managing risk for a commercial bank. In his spare time, Yaakov likes to solve puzzles.
Besides Baruch’s reputation for excellence as a top tiered school, I feel a kinship with its students and professors that is more important to me than anything else.
Jinwen Liu as a high school student, Jinwen earned a number of prizes in China’s Physics Olympiad. Since earning a Ph.D. in Physics, Jinwen has been developing algorithmic trading strategies as a quantitative analyst at a firm focusing on commodity and index futures. His hobbies include tennis and playing the piano.
I chose Baruch because of its great location, practical curriculum, dedicated faculty and strong network. I believe the Baruch MFE Program can help me achieve my career goals.
Ran Liu earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Fudan University, where she was awarded a National Scholarship. As an intern at Citibank, she programmed a data processing system to collect and analyze clients’ credit risk. At another internship with Shanghai Highchain Investments, a hedge fund, she developed algorithmic trading strategies, and built a platform for strategy selection and asset allocation. In her spare time, Ran enjoys badminton, card games, and traveling. She plans to pursue a career in risk management or algorithmic trading.
I chose Baruch because of its dedicated faculty and the close-knit community feel of the student body. A dedicated faculty means experience-oriented curriculum, practitioner teaching, and great career services. Baruch’s community fosters a great learning environment and motivation for me to learn from alumni and fellow students.
Maneet Mahal holds a bachelor degree in Mathematics and Information Technology & Informatics from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the Baruch MFE Program she worked at eVestment Alliance as a fund analyst focusing on the hedge fund sector. She is interested in a career in portfolio management and risk management at an investment bank or a hedge fund. Maneet enjoys ice-climbing, skiing, running, and swimming.
The curriculum, quality of teaching, the wonderful family like environment, and the rigor of the program made my decision very easy.
Nirav Pandya holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology from Mumbai University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the State University Of New York at Binghamton. He has passed Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program. He currently works at UBS as a Senior Developer on the FX Options market making desk. Prior to this, he worked at Total Bank Solutions as a Senior Developer. After graduating from the Baruch MFE Program he would like to work on a market making options desk as a strategist and devise automated volatility trading algorithms. Nirav enjoys running, traveling, and playing poker.
I chose Baruch’s MFE Program because of its great team of dedicated faculty, exemplary employment statistics, and excellent reputation in the industry
Richard Postelnik graduated with a Master of Arts in Economics and Finance from Binghamton University. As an Institutional Strategy Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he was in charge of risk review and implementing institutional policy. Richard looks to either work in trading or as a desk quant. His hobbies include Taekwondo and playing the drums.
I chose Baruch because when I took two Pre-MFE courses, I found the dedication and quality of the staff to be unparalleled.
Yojna Purohit holds a Ph.D in Computational Material Science from North Carolina State University. She has spent more than eight years researching nanoengineering, which gave her experience with many computational methods, including Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics. She has over nine publications to her name. Yojna is looking to pursue quantitative strategies at a hedge fund or investment bank. When she is not working, Yojna enjoys hiking and experimenting in the kitchen.
I was attracted to Baruch’s exceptional curriculum, alumni, and placement statistics.
Alexander Solodukhin researches systematic trading strategies for the Quantitative Strategies group at Mizuho Alternative Investments, LLC. His work involves backtesting, analyzing correlation, asset allocation, and rolling out strategies to go live. A recipient of the National Science Foundation Scholarship, Alexander graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. He is interested in a career researching futures trading strategies at a hedge fund. Alexander enjoys reading, listening to music, and chess.
Baruch is one of the best programs in New York City. It became my first choice after I attended Pre-MFE program.
Dov Sturm received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from Baruch College. Dov’s previous work experience involved managing the accounting department of a small business, as well as serving as the IT administrator. He is interested in applying the principles of mathematical finance to either risk management or the engineering, backtesting and implementation of algorithmic trading strategies in an investment bank or proprietary firm. Dov enjoys ice-skating, hockey, music.
During my undergraduate years at Baruch, I had the privilege of studying under several MFE professors. When considering graduate programs, I recalled their singular methods of instruction, and the personal guidance they afforded me. Their unparalleled level of dedication fueled my desire to continue my studies under their tutelage. Furthermore, the program’s unique emphasis on teamwork and the camaraderie such engenders greatly appealed to me. Finally, the curriculum’s fine-tuned balance between theory and application seemed to be just what I was looking for.
Rajan Subramanian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Engineering with a concentration in Finance and Economics from Drexel University. After school, Rajan worked for Hirtle Callaghan & Company as a Private Equity Research Intern in the areas of Fund of Funds, LBOs, and Distressed Debt Market. He also worked as a financial analyst for the Philadelphia Commercial Development Corporation in the commercial loans department. Rajan is seeking employment in either derivatives pricing or quantitative trading. He also enjoys running, weightlifting, and movies.
When I first took the Pre-MFE program at Baruch, I was really impressed at the quality of the education and the rigor of the classroom. This is exactly what I wanted. Students provided support to each other in private forums online. The quality of the program is also on par with other top programs in the nation if not better. As other students know, Dr. Stefanica has a strong commitment towards the success of the students in the program. I believe that with the Baruch MFE program, I can become successful and obtain my dream job in the field of Quantitative Finance.
Yujia Sun graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Hong Kong, where she was awarded a number of honors, including the HKU Foundation Scholarship for outstanding mainland students. During a yearlong internship at Hua An Asset Management (a leading fund management firm in Hong Kong), she generated portfolio valuation reports, kept track of securities transactions and holdings and monitored the market news. She also passed the Bloomberg Essential Market Sector Exams. Yujia intends to pursue a career in quantitative research and algorithm trading. In her spare time, she enjoys playing bridge and hiking.
I choose the Baruch MFE Program because of its small class size and its cutting edge and streamlined curriculum.
Marc Tourangeau currently covers VaR production and methodology at Morgan Stanley as an analyst. As an undergraduate, he studied mathematics at NYU. In his free time, he enjoys table tennis, weightlifting, and cycling.
After taking the pre-MFE classes, I was really blown away by the quality of the professors and the cheerful atmosphere at Baruch. Despite the academic rigors and stiff competition of the program, all the students I met were keen to help each other succeed and find good opportunities in the industry.
Ilya Volf holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance & Investments with a minor in Mathematics from Baruch College. He currently works in risk modeling and analytics at Prudential Financial Services with a focus on credit risk. He has a number of professional qualifications as an actuary. His interests include competitive sports, chess, and bird-watching.
The school is located within the heart of the financial sector, making it extremely accessible for recruitment opportunities.
Jun Wang received a Bachelor of Economics in Financial Engineering with a minor in Accounting from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. She has held internships at Citibank, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, and Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co., Ltd. Through Baruch, Jun is pursuing a career in risk management, particularly on the buy side. In her spare time, she enjoys playing badminton and table tennis, reading and listening to jazz.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program for the following reasons: (1) Its central location in New York City, (2) Its excellent career services, (3) Top notch faculty (many of whom are practitioners), successful alumni and smart fellow students.
Guangxi Yang graduated from Zhejiang University with a Bachelor of Economics. As an intern at China Investment Securities Co., Ltd., she designed and implemented a set of dynamic exit strategies. Her hobbies include jogging and music, Guangxi is a master piano player, having been granted the highest level certificate by the Chinese Musicians Association.She is interested in a career in either risk management or trading.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because of the delicately organized classes, dedicated faculty, great location and outstanding career service.
Yongyi Ye earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Emory University, where he accelerated his studies and graduated in three years. With a keen interest in numerical analysis and computer science, he plans for a career in algorithmic trading. In his spare time, Yongyi plays badminton and tennis.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program after talking to current students and alumni and hearing their great reviews. Other reasons were the excellent career services, great value, and nice people.
David Zawistowski holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Denison University. He has passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program and holds the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification. He currently works at Credit Suisse in Structured Credit Derivatives IT. Prior to that he worked at DKR Capital as a Software Engineer. After completing the Baruch MFE Program David would like to work in a fixed income derivatives front office technology role. David enjoys Strength Training and Argentinian Tango.
The Baruch MFE faculty seems to be very focused on preparing you for your career from day one.
Yi Zhang holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance with minor in Mathematics from University of Hong Kong. He received scholarships and awards in recognition of his outstanding academic performance and leadership, including HKU Foundation Full Scholarship for Mainland Students (top six in the university), and Top Ten Student Leaders in Tianjin. He also had several internships in the Private Equity and Venture Capital industry. At StepStone Global, which is a global fund of funds, he worked as an investment analyst intern providing key support related to financial modeling, and private equity analysis. In another internship at Entropy Ventures, which is a region clean energy venture fund house, he supported the investment team by conducting primary research on investment ideas in various sub-sectors such as ballast water treatment technology, central air-conditioning optimization technology etc. In addition, he has passed CFA level one. In the MFE program, he has demonstrated a strong interest in financial and statistical modeling as well as computer programming, and he is looking for a career in quantitative research, preferably related to algorithm trading. He enjoyed ice climbing and playing basketball in his spare time.
I picked Baruch’s MFE Program because of its small class size, reasonable tuition, excellent career service, and its top ranking.
Shixiang Zhang earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance, with extensive Applied Mathematics coursework from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He has held various internships in finance. Most recently as an intern at Citibank, he worked in wealth management, developing customers and selling various financial product. Shixiang is interested in pursuing a career in algorithmic trading or quantitative risk management. In his spare time, he enjoys calligraphy and table tennis.
The personal attention given by the program is very impressive. At the same time, the Baruch MFE Program has an excellent location and very good reputation on Wall Street. The Program has a small class size, which means the students can easily access all the staff and educational resources.
Jacek Aviles earned his Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Economics from New York University. Since 2007, he has worked at Deutsche Bank in Front Office Solutions in Technology. His work directly helps traders on the Interest Rate Derivatives desk to price various securities and manage their risk. Jacek is very interested in trading and developing pricing models for derivative products. In his spare time he enjoys swing dancing.
I took the pre-MFE courses and found the teaching to be excellent. Since then I knew this was the program I wanted to be in.
Alejandro Canete obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Civil Engineering from Universidad Técnica Federíco Santa María,Valparaiso, Chile and a M.S. in Applied Finance from Universidad del Desarrollo in 2006 prior to coming to the Baruch MFE program. Since graduation, Alejandro has worked as a developer at IFITEC in Santiago,Chile, and more recently as the Head Quant Developer at Pan Alpha Trading in New York, NY. He has several published papers in topics such as kernel price pattern trading and generating synthetic prices of a high frequency time series using cointegration. Alejandro came to Baruch interested in extending his algorithmic trading skills to newer asset classes, and enjoys spending time with his wife, practicing martial arts, cooking and traveling.
I decided to join the Baruch’s MFE program, because about two years ago during one of my business trips to NY I took Professor Stefanica’s two-week Calculus for Financial Engineering refresher course and it was one of the best learning experiences that I have ever had. I liked the pace and the quality of the students. I loved the rigorous yet practical approach. I really appreciated the professor’s commitment and closeness to the students, and most importantly I was amazed with the depth and breadth of what I ended up learning in such a short period of time.
Andrew Chang earned his Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science and Economics (Summa Cum Laude) from Baruch College. He is currently an intern at Goldstein Capital dealing with mortgage backed securities. He has also worked at Haver Analytics performing economic research. Andrew desires a model validation role upon graduating from the MFE program. He also enjoys playing basketball, Texas holdem, tennis, running, and tetris.
I joined Baruch MFE because I knew firsthand the quality of the faculty. Professor Howard was an amazing professor for Monte Carlo Simulations; Professor Gatheral and Professor Kosygina were innovating in Financial Mathematics. The guidance that the professors of the MFE program provided me is the main reason I joined the MFE program at Baruch.
Jing Chen graduated second in his class with a Bachelor’s in Economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. While working at the Financial Laboratory at Shanghai University, he assisted in the development of financial software programs. Throughout his undergraduate career, he received numerous scholarships for scholastic excellence, exemplified by one of his publications, “3PL-based Synergy Strategy Model and Information Management System for Industry Cluster in China”. He has previously interned at CitiBank in Shanghai as a Mortgage Originator where he developed contacts with local realtors to increase residential mortgage services and maintained client relationships to retain current business and generate new loans. Jing intends to pursue a career in quantitative risk management. He enjoys playing the guitar.
Excellent career service, dedication of staff to this program, small class size, and low tuition
Alan Coman holds a M.A. in Economics from Queens University, Kingston, Canada, and a B.Math. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from the University of Waterloo, Canada where he graduated with distinction. As a Manager of Quantitative Analytics in the Market Risk Department at the Bank of Montreal in Toronto, he worked on implementation of a new credit risk system. He was also a Senior Analyst in Corporate Treasury at RBC in Toronto where he mostly worked on prepayment and econometric models. He is FRM certified by GARP, and placed in the top 3% at the Descartes Advanced Mathematics competition (2000) in Canada. His career aspirations include a quantitative role in either Fixed Income or Credit. He enjoys reading, riding bicycles, and exercising.
I applied to Baruch, as this is the only place I could imagine attending. I also met some very smart alumni and read excellent reviews of the program and its director.
Siddharth Dagar holds an MBA in Finance from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.S. in Electronics Engineering from the Faculty of Technology, Jamia, New Delhi, India. He currently works as a Senior Associate at J.P. Morgan Chase in Model Validation and Risk Group within QR. His role involves assessing model risk for derivatives in Equities, Credit, Rates, Commodities, FX and Structured Products form the derivatives pricing and risk management perspective. Furthermore, he works at validating and benchmarking critical models that have a high exposure and reliance. He intends to work as quantitative trader or proprietary trader within an investment bank or hedge fund. He spends his free time with his three-month-old son, Ishan.
I chose to come to Baruch MFE Program because of the strength of the program, faculty, flexible curriculum and central location in New York.
Jie Fu holds a Ph.D. in Computational Biology from the State University of New York at Albany and a B.S. in Physics from Beijing University. As a research scientist at Columbia University, she worked on her doctoral focus and has published 4 papers on image processing algorithms and computational biology. She also has been the recipient of various awards for mathematics and science from distinguished institutions, notably The Institute of Pure and Applied Math in UCLA and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Her career aspirations include credit and interest rate derivatives and algorithmic trading. She enjoys rock climbing, running, and poker.
I chose the Baruch MFE program because of its tight connection with the industry and its location.
Alex Ginzburg earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Investments from Baruch College. Alex is interested in starting his career in commodities structuring or trading/sales. He is also interested in the application of probabilistic concepts in valuing exotic financial instruments and quantifying financial risk. Alex enjoys martial arts, rock climbing, wind surfing, and the guitar.
I paid attention to several criteria when picking the program – overall strength (faculty qualification, variety of offered classes, substance of practical knowledge that students receive), affordability, recognizable name in the NY area, and job placement service. Baruch MFE scored high on all of the points and ranked at the top of my list, so the choice was easy to make.
Alexandre El Hawat earned his MBA at the University of Texas at Austin and his BE in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. After school, he worked at Jadwa Investment as a Private Equity Senior Associate. He has also worked at Lehman Brothers in Investment Banking, Schlumberger as an Application Engineer, and Tradenet as a Software Engineer. Alexandre is interested in applying the knowledge he gains from the MFE program and his experience in programming to developing quantitative strategies for algorithmic trading. He has also actively traded in the financial markets since 2001, is fluent in English, Arabic, and French, and enjoys dancing and watching college sports.
I decided to go to Baruch because of its growing reputation in the industry, its updated and flexible curriculum, excellent placement statistics and top notch faculty.
Gama Le Bouder received a B.S. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked as a research analyst at the largest Peruvian pension fund where he researched fixed income and equity investment opportunities and forecasted expectations and results based on microeconomic and macroeconomic drivers. His research culminated a presentation of two investments, one of which was immediately added to the portfolio. Gama also participated in the 2010 and 2011 Rotman International Trading Competition at the University of Toronto where his MIT team placed 1st overall. He plans to pursue a career in quantitative finance in either trading or research. He is fluent in French, English, and Spanish, and enjoys traveling and basketball.
The Baruch MFE program seemed like the best transition for me as I only just graduated from MIT. I believe that the overlap between professionals and academics as well as the opportunity to work full or part time while in the program would avail myself of the best opportunities. Moreover, the sense of community that I saw in the program really appealed to me. Your classmates are your teammates and your support. I did not apply to other programs.
Chi Liu earned his Master’s in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and his BS in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2008. While at school, he worked as a Wharton School Research Assistant analyzing the politics behind speculative housing bubbles and the effects of social capital on housing prices in China. He has also published four papers on chemical processes and received multiple scholarships. Chi’s immediate career goal is to work in the hedge fund industry while longer-term he is interested in private equity in the health care sector. When not studying, Chi enjoys playing poker, swimming, and running.
I liked the Baruch MFE program because of many reasons: an awesome learning experience in the pre-MFE program, low cost, high job placement, small class, industry practitioner instructors, and NYC location. I was also strongly influenced by the program director.
Thomas Maloney double majored in Mathematics and Physics at Cornell University. Prior to joining the MFE program, he worked at Morgan Stanley, Prime Brokerage Consultant, managing the due diligence query process. Thomas aspires to work in high-frequency trading or risk management. He also enjoys bicycling and playing poker.
I decided to join the Baruch MFE Program after attending an information meeting, sitting in on classes, talking with current students and teachers, and enrolling in two Pre-MFE classes. Class size, high quality of teaching, and attention to recruitment were major reasons for me choosing Baruch over Columbia.
Noam Mendel received his B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Tel Aviv University where he focused on Signal Processing and Bioelectronics. He was awarded 2nd place in Digital Signal Processing at the Weinstein Competition. As an Air Force Procurement Manager for the Israeli government, he supervised the financial aspects of commercial contracts and military procurement cases. His career goals include portfolio and risk management at either a hedge fund or investment bank. He enjoys traveling, exercising, and dancing.
Everyone that I have talked to about this program seems to agree that Baruch genuinely cares and helps its students to be successful. The engineer in me had to verify this information though, so I looked at the employment statistics. This validated my decision to join the Baruch program.
Mitul Patel holds a Master’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Binghamton University – SUNY and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering from Nirma Institute of Technology. Upon graduation he worked in the Equities and Foreign Exchange ECNs group at Knight Capital Group. He is currently in the Equities Electronic Trading group at Morgan Stanley. Mitul looks forward to building a career in quant trading with special interest in Foreign Exchange and Complex Options. He enjoys cooking, skiing and playing soccer.
I developed strong affection towards Baruch MFE Program while taking PRE-MFE seminars at Baruch. Impeccable quality of education, family-like teacher-student-alumni community, excellent reputation in the industry and incomparable career services offered even to the part-time students are a few of many reasons, that made Baruch MFE the first choice.
Mayur Patel holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with a Specialization in Operations Research from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program, and for the last three years has worked at the Grant Park Futures Fund in a business development role. He is interested in Risk Management and Derivatives Trading. He enjoys soccer, college football, and travel.
I joined Baruch’s Top Tier MFE Program because of the renowned faculty, rigor and practicality of the curriculum, sense of great camaraderie between current students, exceptional placement statistics, and the great New York City location.
Drusus Pollini earned both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the MFE program, Drusus worked as an insurance claims examiner and a research assistant in a neuroscience laboratory. His career aspirations lie in commodities model development for a propriety trading desk at a leading investment bank. In his spare time he enjoys training for triathlons and playing the piano.
I had a great experience in the Pre-MFE seminars and after I was done I couldn’t imagine myself in another MFE program. The staff and faculty have been very committed. Current students have convinced me that the attention and professional support is exceptional.
Dmitry Rile obtained a M.S. Summa Cum Laude in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and later continued with doctorate level postgraduate studies there. He has multiple publications in applied and pure mathematics. Presently, he is working in a contractor role as a Quantitative Developer for Credit Suisse, and formerly at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a similar capacity. He intends to secure a position as a quantitative analyst and eventually a quantitative trader in structured finance at an investment bank or hedge fund. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, hiking, reading mathematics and psychology, and playing chess.
The MFE Program of Bernard M. Baruch College has recently become one of the top programs in the field. I have studied thoroughly Prof. Stefanica’s book, A Primer for the Mathematics of Financial Engineering, and also attended his seminars “Advanced Calculus with Financial Engineering Applications” and “Numerical Linear Algebra for Financial Engineering” of the Pre-MFE Program, as well as the seminar “Probability Theory for Financial Applications” by Prof. Elena Kosygina. In addition, I had an opportunity to attend a lecture of the Prof. Tai-Ho Wang’s Stochastic Processes course of the MFE Program. I really like what I have seen. The students in the program are very intelligent and knowledgeable. The faculty is great and includes well-known industry professionals like Jim Gatheral.
Meshulam Ross obtained a B.S. in Mathematics and Actuarial Studies with a minor in Finance, Psychology, and Education from Touro College. He currently is in an internship at Sterling Asset Management Group. He intends to utilize his skills in a quantitative role in either Risk Management, managing investment portfolios, or creating novel financial products. His hobbies include computers, guitar, drums, and basketball.
– Excellent Professors
– Placement Rate
– Close-knit Classes
– Outstanding Curriculum
Lea Savoji earned her Master’s degree in Economics from Boston University and a Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics and Economics (with honors) from George Washington University. She has interned at the World Bank in the Financial Management Unit. Lea would like to pursue a career at an investment bank or hedge fund as a quantitative analyst. She enjoys tutoring students and reading novels of authors from around the world.
I decided to join Baruch because the program is structured in a way where I will be able to learn the fundamentals of quantitative finance via the core classes while exploring different areas of interest within the financial engineering field through the many electives offered. Moreover, the quality of the program which stems from the highly recognized faculty is undeniable. Furthermore, the Baruch MFE program emphasizes the importance of gaining work experience while in school and Baruch’s impeccable record of internship and job placement, coupled with location, are the rounding factors in my decision to join the Baruch MFE program.
Ivan Shatsilenia earned his Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Quantitative Modeling in Business (Summa Cum Laude) from Baruch College. He is interested in the application of probabilistic concepts in valuing exotic financial instruments and quantifying financial risk. Ivan also enjoys playing chess and volleyball.
1. It offers an excellent collaborative environment with small class sizes and a supportive culture.
2. Highly dedicated faculty members with years of industry experience.
3. A good mix of mathematical rigor and practicality in its approach to finance.
4. Excellent placement record.
5. Affordable tuition rate.
Yijia Yang graduated with Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and received her Master of Science in Chemistry from Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. She has been awarded numerous academic distinctions for excellence, and she also has over ten publications mostly in her research of lanthanides.
Baruch MFE program offers solid training in quant skills with emphasis on application of math skills to financial market problems. It has a strong alumni network and connection to Wall Street.
Steven K. Yau received a A.B. in Mathematics of Harvard University, and is presently a Senior Actuarial Analyst at Towers Watson. He plans to pursue a career in algorithmic trading at a hedge fund.
Job placement, strength of academic program, fellow students, great director and cost of tuition are just a few of the driving factors of my decision to join the Baruch MFE program.
Siyu You received a Master of Science in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing. At Yahoo! Labs, Siyu worked as a senior research engineer using statistical modeling and data mining for various advertising products, and led a team in click forecasting of search advertising. He has filed three patent applications on search advertising (sponsored by Yahoo!), and has numerous publications in the Chinese Journal of Semiconductors and the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics.
He plans to utilize his rich experience in machine learning and statistics in an algorithmic trading career. In his spare time he plays soccer, poker, and video games.
Baruch is obviously a good choice to land you a job in NY. Every cent you spend on this program is worth it.
Jingyun Zhang received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from Northeastern University. During his Ph.D., Jingyun focused on the statistical mechanics theory of random walk chain. He proposed novel stochastic models overcoming the flaws of well-established theory in interpreting experiments. Jingyun extended his interest and ability in scientific modeling to financial models and systematically studied financial theories. He is planning to take the CFA II test. He plans to combine his versatile background and professional training from MFE to launch a job in the financial industry. He is especially interested in a quantitative trading and investment management position. He enjoys reading and swimming.
1.Good placement record
Xi Zhang received a Bachelor of Economics and Finance with a minor in Statistics from the University of Hong Kong. She has held internships at Commercial Bank of China and China International Capital Corporation Investment Banking Division where she was in the M&A team and researched the effect of valuation methods development and anti-hostile takeover methods. She was also awarded numerous scholarships for academic excellence including the HSBC Scholarship for Mainland Students (awarded to only 6 recipients University wide). She intends to pursue a career in quantitative analysis with an emphasis in risk management. In her spare time she reads, watches movies, and plays soccer.
I chose the Baruch MFE because of its small class size, personal attention, intensive curriculum and excellent faculty.
Zhechao Zhou holds a Master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Bard College. While at school, Zhechao worked as a research assistant conducting literature reviews and building models to identify the impact of rebate trading on market liquidity and equity pricing. She also collaborated at the University of Notre Dame on a research project involving stochastic complex networks and individual behaviors within networks. Zhechao is seeking employment in quantitative strategy and algorithm trading. She also enjoys playing board and card games, cooking, reading books, running, weightlifting, and movies.
I choose Baruch because of its dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum emphasizing applications, personal attention to each student, location and impressive placement record.
John Benedetto earned a BS in mechanical engineering from John Hopkins University, where he made the Dean’s List from 2003 to 2007. He is a member of the Pi Tau Sigma International Mechanical Engineering Society and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. He previously worked at Bridgewater Associates as an account management associate. He is interested in risk and portfolio management.
I chose Baruch’s MFE program because of its commitment to all students, both part-time and full-time, in regards to classes and career placement. Also, its small yet highly competitive program creates a true community experience unlike any of its competition.
Bill Diomis holds a BS from New York University with majors in both Mathematics and Economics. He is a CFA Level II candidate, and prior to joining the Baruch MFE program, worked as a consultant at Burger Creations, Inc. He has been involved in many community service activities, volunteering in the Help Organization for International Students and Big Brothers Big Sisters. His interests include golf, table tennis, and motorcycling.
Studying in the Baruch MFE Program will give me a good exposure to the structured finance world. Also, the commitment of Professor Stefanica in finding job opportunities for the program’s graduates, which I have personally observed during the past couple of months, has made my choice even easier. When I met the current students I realized that the small number of students admitted each year maximizes a strong collaboration among the students in their dedicated quantlab. Also, the faculty that I have met, such as Professor Stefanica and Professor Sherman Wong, are very helpful and open. The addition of Dr. Jim Gatheral to the faculty enhanced the extensive experience of the program it has accumulated during the past 8 years and increased my interest to the program.
Yan Yan Echo holds both a MS and BS in Economics from Fudan University, completed in 2003 and 2000 respectively. After graduation, Yan Yan’s experiences include project management at Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals where she focused on risk control and compliance. She also served as an internal auditor for Ernst & Young and a credit risk analysis supervisor for the Lenovo Group. She currently holds a CFA level 1 designation. Yan Yan hopes to pursue a career in risk management or structured finance. In her spare time, she enjoys a good game of table tennis.
Baruch appeals to me for reasons besides those often-cited ones. First of all, considering the stellar faculty and low tuition, Baruch’s MFE has the highest ROI among similar programs and it is a wise investment for any student who wants to study finance. Secondly, its small class size, family-like atmosphere and active community constitute the network I need as an international student who wants to successfully switch to financial service industry. Last but not the least; I see the growth of the programs in the past several years. I am very happy to be part of your growth. I spent several days reading all Baruch-related threads on quantnet since 2006 and the more I read, the more I realize that Baruch is my best choice, rationally and emotionally.
Yassine Ghalem holds an MS in computer science from New York University Courant Institute and has a Maitrise in Physics from Universite de Versailles and a DESS in Physics/Signal Processing from Universite Paris-Est Creteil (Paris XII). His previous work experience includes several years at Merrill Lynch spent developing software for risk metrics.He currently works at Goldman Sachs implementing pricing models for futures, exotic options, and foreign exchange contracts.
I believe Baruch MFE offers a first class program, and -particularly- provides an outstanding support for its students.
Jonathan Jaffe graduated from Lafayette College with a BS in Mathematics. He is a CFA Level I candidate and worked at Fitch Ratings as an analyst in the Quantitative Financial Research Group. His efforts there include research on credit default swap trading algorithms and implied ratings models. He enjoys snowboarding and volunteering his time as a math tutor.
The quality of education is phenomenal, the close-knit community feel of the student body, the ideal location in downtown Manhattan, the director’s commitment and availability to students, and the placement rate!
Anuj Jain graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Technology degree in electrical engineering. He has completed internships at Infineon Technologies and Asea Brown Bovery prior to enrolling at Baruch. He enjoys reading, swimming, and is a mountaineering enthusiast.
I decided to join the Baruch MFE program because it offers a strong and flexible curriculum which allows you to excel in your desired field. Dedicated faculty and strong community sense were other factors that encouraged me to join this program.
Samit Jain earned a B.S in computer science from the University of Texas-Austin and a M.S. in computer science from Columbia University. After graduating from Columbia, he worked for five years in the financial industry in New York as a technologist developing high performance low latency distributed systems for trading, simulation and risk management. In his free time, he enjoys soccer, tennis, movies, and sports analysis and commentary.
I decided to enroll in Baruch because of its great location, low cost, and accessibility.
Amanda Kotler holds a Master’s of Engineering in Design and Manufacturing from the University of Toronto and an MBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh received in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Upon completion of her MBA, she worked as an associate in Equity Research at Caris and Company before transitioning to Renaissance Technologies. She holds Series 7, 55, and 63 licenses. Amanda is interested in quantitative strategy and portfolio analytics. She enjoys ice hockey and snow boarding.
What has struck me the most about the MFE program at Baruch is the small community feel inherent in the program and the vested interest that the faculty take in their students’ success.
Alex Krause graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in Engineering with a concentration in structural dynamics and systems engineering. He was a Harvey Mudd College Merit Scholar in 2006 and made the Dean’s List from 2008-10. In his free time he enjoys weight lifting, playing frisbee, riding bikes, and hiking.
I chose Baruch MFE over CGU and UIUC for many reasons. It’s very selective, which means that my peers will be very skilled and the classes will be fast-paced. It has excellent job placement into desired positions in wall street because of it’s superior location and excellent alumni network. Furthermore, the faculty is filled with industry practitioners and C++ is incorporated into almost every class.
Michael Lwin received an Master’s of Science in Mathematics from Hunter College. He did his undergraduate work in mathematics at University of Nevada where he was a Millennium Scholar. He enjoys surfing and chess and is interested in algorithm trading.
Having attended the info sessions conducted by Prof. Stefanica, as well as meeting with him personally, I was consistently impressed by the caliber of the MFE program at Baruch; the level of scholastic rigor and real-life preparation exemplified in their impressive placement statistics solidified my aspiration join the Baruch MFE program.
Xiaoyong Li graduated with a BS in Financial Mathematics from Shandong University in 2010. While there he published on periodic boundary value problems for second order integro-differential equations. He also focused on the application of Monte Carlo methods to risk in equity markets. His previous experiences include an intership focused on foreign exchange trading with the Bank of Communications, a leading Chinese commercial bank. Xiaoyong is interested in algorithm trading and enjoys tennis in his spare time.
Programming integrated courses, renowned and dedicated faculty, small class size, great connection between students, faculty and alumni.
Yingxue Li graduated in 2010 with a BS in Shanghai University of Finance & Economics where he was awarded numerous scholarships for his superior academic record. His had extensive internship experience in the field of finance, ranging from corporate valuation to market risk management. Yingxue also has published several papers, focusing on risk. Yingxue plans to pursue a career in quantitative finance.
I chose the Baruch MFE without any hesitation because that the class has a small size, the curriculum is very practical, the location cannot be better, some of the faculty are very famous. I firmly believe this elite program can help me realize my dreams.
Yike Lu holds a Bachelors of Science in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. His past research has focused on particle physics and work in computation chemistry, resulting in multiple publications. He also completed an internship at Charles River Associates and has passed the CFA Level I exam. He is most interested in the fields of structured finance and exotic options trading.
I was admitted to BU, Baruch, Cornell (with scholarship), USC, and NCSU. I chose the Baruch MFE because of its best-in-field value, exceptional faculty, personal attention to each student, prime location, practical approach to teaching, and placement record.
Hildingur Mahanti graduated from Texas A&M University with a double B.S. in mathematics and computer science. He was the recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa society scholarship at Texas A&M University. He has worked at Interactive Brokers as a software developer where his responsibilities included developing software for the company’s accounting system, clearing system, SWIFT infrastructure and cutting edge exchange fee reconciliation system. He enjoys sailing, running, riding his motorcycle, and skiing.
The stellar reputation of the program, the proven success of the program’s graduates and the administration’s obsessive focus on finding their graduates a suitable job are what first attracted me to Baruch when evaluating perspective schools.
Sampad Mishra earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in telecommunication engineering from Vishveshwaraya Technological University and a Master’s of Science degree in computer and systems engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He received a research assistant scholarship award while studying at RPI. He currently works at Citigroup in the Credit Risk Technology department as an advanced technology associate.
Baruch is the only school I applied to because I believe it is the best place for part time students The flexible curriculum will help me manage my job and studies well. Its presence in the financial center of the world would help me get a lot of career opportunities. The personal attention given by Prof Dan Stefanica is what attracted me towards this program.
Avi R. Palley graduated summa cum laude from Touro College with a 4.00 G.P.A. in 2010. He received a B.S. degree, majoring in mathematics and minoring in finance. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Touro College – Lander College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Scholar Award. He passed the first two Society of Actuary examinations, and interned at MetLife as an actuary for two summers. Additionally, Avi has extensive experience with numerous programming languages and systems; he is interested in algorithmic trading, financial product development, and computer security. Avi enjoys hiking, baseball, reading, and table-tennis.
I decided to go to Baruch because of its growing reputation in the industry, smaller more personal incoming cohorts, and its strong focus on relevant coding skills (C++). The great faculty and high job-placement rates also played a significant role in the decision.
Joy Pathak holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Windsor awarded in 2009. While studying, Joy worked for both Ford and General Motors developing statistical techniques to identify sources of faulty parts and wasted materials. He then worked for Syncrude Canada conducting computational and experimental materials research, leading to several publications in the field. Joy is interested in high frequency and algorithmic trading.
The curriculum, top notch faculty,location and the active alumni network were probably some of the biggest highlights of the program for me. The Baruch program has a perfect blend of Finance, Mathematics and Programming that I wanted. The family/fraternity type attitude that Dr. Dan Stefanica has created at Baruch MFE is truly unique and having the opportunity to be a part of it is definitely amazing. Baruch was the best fit for me considering my future goals and ambitions.
David Rappaport holds a BS from Syracuse University with a major in Computer Engineering and minors in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. He has spent the last four years as a systems engineer at the Sensis Corporation performing research and development work for NASA. He has been particularly focused on developing superior algorithms for air traffic management. He has published several papers on the topic and recevied the NASA Ames Honor Award for his efforts in 2008. He is interested in high frequency trading and statistical arbitrage.
1. NYC Location
2. Top Tier Program
3. Has an extremely dedicated director that serves as an advocate for both the program and the students. This might be the single biggest factor in my selection of Baruch.
4. Recently hired Jim Gatheral as a professor + updated curriculum
5. Access to high-frequency real-time/historical tic data via trading lab
6. Capstone project
7. Excellent employment stats
Alexei Smirnov obtained a dual degree in Computer Science and Biology from SUNY Binghamton University and worked for two years as a developer before joining the Baruch MFE program. While at Baruch, he was a key member of the Trading team which came in third in the Rotman International Trading competition, including fist place in algorithmic trading. He is keenly interested in both algorithmic and discretionary trading, especially ways in which quantitative analysis can be used in conjunction with analysis of fundamentals in the development of trading strategies.
Baruch quickly became my top choice for graduate school after visiting the college in November and sitting in on a class and talking to the students currently enrolled in the program. It was clearly incredibly academically rigorous, and professor Stefanica was one of the most passionate professors I have met, but what impressed me most and made the MFE program stand out from other programs at other universities was the camaraderie of the students – instilled by the program’s homework groups.
Mengdi Wu holds a BA in Financial Economics and Mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College, where she graduated Sum Cum Laude. She was the co-president of the Chinese Culture Club and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Most recently, she worked at the Financial Services Forum as an analyst and research intern. She is interested in improving existing pricing and risk management models for derivatives and synthetic products.
Baruch was my top choice among all the top MFE programs because of its location, outstanding job placement, and reasonable tuition rate. However, it was not until I started taking the refresher courses that I realized the reasons lying behind these facts. It’s the strong sense of community, the bond between students and alumni, the highly committed program director who endeavors to help every student succeed, the experienced practitioners who are also natural lecturers joining the program, and the top mathematicians dedicated in teaching that make the Baruch MFE program special.
Anuroop Yadav earned a Bachelor of Technology in computer science and engineering from Lucknow University. He is a senior-level IT consultant with four years of experience in risk management, equities, derivatives, fixed income securities, and clearing and settlement systems, having worked at Lehman Brothers and UBS. Yadav is interested in statistical arbitrage.
For a number of reasons; it is a top tier program located in the heart of the financial capital of the world, which is also convenient for me as I live in Newport, Jersey City. It has a vibrant alumni network that has nothing but praise for the program, quality of learning and the Director, Dr. Stefanica. Places equal emphasis and rigor on Finance, Mathematics and Programming. Has great placement services with active participation from the Director. The program does not differentiate between PT and FT students with regards to placements. Finally, it provides a huge cost benefit compared with similar programs in the area with the best value for the money and time invested.
William Yang earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California where he was awarded the Viterbi School of Engineering Dean’s Doctoral Fellowship. His past research experience focused on nanowire synthesis for applications in electronics. He also completed an internship at RBC Capital Markets in the Liquid Products Group. William is interested in structured finance and risk management.
I chose the Baruch MFE Program because of its community and curriculum. From my interaction with former students and faculty, I have seen how supportive and generous the culture is. Many members of the community have reached out to share their experiences and wisdom with me. I know that I will be spending the next year and a half with students and faculty who are driven, committed and share my passions. Finance is a great way to learn mathematics: The curriculum is demanding and covers many fundamental topics that will strengthen my mathematical foundation and better prepare me for a career in finance. I know I will be ready to successfully pursue whatever challenges I take on with the skill set I will have obtained after completing the program.
Xiurong Zheng earned a BS in Information and Computational Science and a MS in Computer Science and Technology from the Harbin Institute of Technology. Prior to enrolling at Baruch College, Xiurong worked at Sun Microsystems and more recently at IBM as a software engineer. His work at IBM has been focused on developing large-scale distributed file systems. Xiurong is interested in quantitative strategy development and enjoys playing badminton in his spare time.
The Baruch MFE Program is only one I applied to because it is the best fit for me. Small size class and good location provide more chances to contact professor and financial service industry. Curriculum with the balance of finance, mathematics and programming matches my educational background and career goal. More importantly, faculty dedication and family-like academic atmosphere is very unique.