Center for Financial Studies Hosts “Quant” Career Panel Discussion
On Sept. 19, a successful program with more than 54 Rensselaer business, engineering, and science students was held at the Center for Financial Studies in the Lally School of Management and Technology. The event featured an alumni panel discussion, “Quant: What Does the Word Really Mean and Why Should I Consider a Quant Career?”
The interactive panel event featured Tom Hancock ’85, co-head of GMO’s quantitative equity team and lead manager for their international quantitative portfolios, and Pankaj Patel ’90, the global head of quantitative analysis at Credit Suisse. They discussed the many meanings of the word “quant,” how career paths have evolved in both financial engineering and risk management, the overall impact of quantitative analysis on the field of finance, and how a career in quantitative analysis can be an exciting and rewarding choice.
The alumni panel answered questions from the students and offered lessons, insights, and experiences from their careers. Many of the business students in attendance are enrolled in the Lally School Financial Engineering and Risk Analytics (FERA) program.
Throughout the academic year, the Center for Financial Studies will present industry executives to speak about the fields of corporate finance, financial intermediation, capital markets, risk analytics, and financial engineering.