"Quants" from the Federal Reserve, Barclays, and BlackRock will share their personal stories on building careers in quantitative finance during a panel discussion March 12 at the International House.
The "How I Became A Quant" panel, designed for students considering careers in financial engineering, will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a reception for students and panelists. The event is hosted and sponsored by the Berkeley Master of Financial Engineering Program and registration is free.
Without PowerPoints or formulas, panelists will share their own experiences pursuing careers in quantitative finance and answer student questions. The panel will be composed of:
- Matthew Beier, MFE 10, assistant vice president, Barclays Capital. Beier helps serve institutional clients with options products in G10 and emerging markets. He began his career in currency exchange sales after graduating from the MFE program.
- Tanya Roosta, quantitative risk analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Roosta previously worked as an analyst on PricewaterhouseCoopers' Complex Derivative Instruments group and as an analyst at Allianz Global Investors Capital's Systematic Portfolio team.
- Emmanuel Vallod, MFE 11, researcher, BlackRock. Vallod began his career as a mortgage trader and then moved to BlackRock in a research role working on their fixed-income systematic hedge fund. He now works on the BlackRock FIGA fund.
- Peter Vranich, director and quantitative finance manager, Bank of America. Vranich leads the Model Management team in Bank of America's Enterprise Capital Management – Quantitative Analysis and Capital Policy group. His previous positions at the bank include forecast consultant and quantitative finance analyst.
For more information on the event, visit iafe.org/html/QuantUCB3.12.13.php.