Learn the Ins and Outs of Careers for “Quants,” Sept. 17

"Quants" have come to play a major role in today's finance sector, designing and implementing mathematical models to price derivatives, assess risk, or predict market movements. Students interested in exploring these kinds of careers can learn more at "How I Became a Quant," a panel discussion on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:00 p.m. in Andersen Auditorium.

The Haas School's Master’s in Financial Engineering (MFE) Program is hosting this free discussion and Q & A session, which is presented by the International Association of Financial Engineers Education Committee and the Fischer Black Memorial Foundation. The event is open to the public.

The panel consists of Dwight Grant, managing director and global practice leader for financial engineering at Duff & Phelps; Bob Meade, member at Ronin Capital and former co-head of equity derivatives at Robertson Stephens & Co.; and current Berkeley-Haas MFE student Ian Swanson. The panel will be moderated by Karim Khiar, a principal with Barclays Global Investors who earned dual MBA/MFE degrees in 2002.

"The forum should offer a good overview for those who may not be aware of the extent to which finance is truly a scientific endeavor," says Swanson, who holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology. "In light of recent events, it has also become an incredibly important endeavor, with lots of interesting and new challenges. At this point in time, quants have a perfect opportunity to make dramatic and lasting improvements in the field and in society as a whole."

Visit the International Association of Financial Engineers website to register.