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Contacts of the Bendheim Center for Finance

Markus Brunnermeier, Center Director

General Inquiries

Jessica H.B. O'Leary, Center Manager
Jessica oversees the day to day functions and large number of events of the Center as well as its facility in the Old Dial Lodge.  She has worked at Princeton since 1998, including three years in Molecular Biology and nine years in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She is a graduate of Rider University with a BA in business management.

Undergraduate Certificate in Finance and
Master in Finance Program

Martin Cherkes, Undergraduate Faculty Representative

Ronnie Sircar, Director of Graduate Studies

Melanie Heaney-Scott, Academic Administrator
Melanie oversees the day to day function of the Undergraduate Certificate Program and the Master in Finance Program.  Before joining the Center in 2013, Mel was a Graduate Admission Specialist in Princeton's Graduate School for nine years.  Prior to moving to the states with her husband from Manchester England she held several administrative positions.

Corporate Affiliates Program

Wendell Collins, Director of Corporate Relations
Wendell is responsible for managing the Corporate Affiliates Program, which seeks support for the Center from firms interested in finance and which works with corporations to build partnerships investigating financial topics of mutual interest.  She also advises our Master in Finance and Certificate students on career issues as well as facilitates the recruiting and placement of Master students in internships and career positions as well as working closely with alumni on career development, mentoring and events.  Prior to joining the Center in 2007, she worked in Princeton's Office of Development and Office of the Dean for Research.  She received her undergraduate degree in journalism and political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Center Support

Karen Neukirchen, Center Administrator
Karen is responsible for the support of all of our full and visiting faculty, as well as the Center Manager.  She is also oversees the Civitas Seminar Series and the Ph.D. Workshops. If you would like to reserve space in BCF, Karen is the person to reach out to.  Karen joined Princeton's Economics Department in 1986 and has been with the Center since 2000.  She received a BA from Rider University in 2006 in Business Administration.

Matthew Parker, SCAD
Matt, in his role as SCAD for the Center and the Department of Economics serves as the first point of contact for all things technology related.  Part technician and part consultant he strives to help people find the gadgets and services that best fit their unique needs. With a CS degree and over twenty-five industry recognized certifications he has served the Center since 2005.  In addition to participating in numerous security and decision making committees around campus he enjoys using technology to do things better, faster, and smarter.  In 2015 Matt was published in a blog on the Department of Labor website. Matt is also a 2014 recipient of the Presidents Achievement Award.

Center Location

Bendheim Center for Finance
20 Washington Road
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building
Princeton University
Princeton NJ 08540-5296
Phone: (609) 258-0770
Fax: (609) 258-0771

Visiting the center

For details regarding location, travel and campus maps, please refer to the University Travel Page.