Recent Berkeley Master of Financial Engineering graduate Varun Tomar’s 15 minutes of fame came this week when his picture at Berkeley-Haas was splashed across the cover of Traders Magazine.
Varun’s photo was featured in the April 2014 issue Traders as part of a cover feature on the top 10 trading schools, including the Berkeley Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) Program. An article titled “Young Guns Hit the Trading Floor” begins with Tomar earning his master’s in financial engineering this spring and heading to Chicago to work as a quantitative trader on the currency and U.S. Treasury desk at Sun Trading, a quant hedge fund.
“When I was at Berkeley, there were students from all over the world, PhDs, physicists, even professors who had come back to school for a master’s in financial engineering,” Tomar said in the article. “This is the culmination of a lifelong ambition for me.”
The April 2014 issue of the magazine also featured its list of the top 10 trading schools, selected by a judging panel that included buy-side traders and insiders who have hired recent graduates. A section on the Berkeley MFE Program highlighted it as one of the nation’s first financial engineering programs offered by a business school and also noted the school’s required internship, which it said creates a focus on career development. The article also noted the school’s ties to such firms Citibank, BlackRock, and Goldman Sachs.