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Fall 2009 Newsletter

New students attend 'boot camp'

19 New MFin Students Join the program. On August 31, 2009, 19 students from around the globe gathered at the Bendheim Center to attend a two-week math refresher course and a three-day introduction to the broad career possibilities of the Master in Finance degree. This ‘boot camp’ has been run under the auspices of the Bendheim Center for Finance for the past five years. (A list of the students and their resumes is available on this website.)

The math refresher course was taught by Economics PhD candidate Xing Ho. Her efforts were well received and appreciated by all the attendees.

Additional boot camp presenters discussed career opportunities, career paths and trends in their areas of expertise. Chris Resto of GETCO, Chicago, shared his perspective on the recruiting landscape in the current economic environment and pointers on how to hone in on a career that fits one’s skillset, motivations and goals. John Naud of Citadel discussed careers in quantitative asset management and sales and trading and shared tips for job seeking, while Isaac Chang, VP, Goldman Sachs, gave a broad overview of program trading and his career path.

Joe Langsam, Managing Director & Head of Morgan Stanley’s IDEAS Modeling and Credit, and Eric Pan, Executive Director, IDEAS FX Strategy, discussed opportunities with this growing group of quantitative strategists at Morgan Stanley. From Citi, Arnold Miyamoto, Global Head of MQA and Head of North American Foreign Exchange, talked about his own career path, the current market, and how students should weigh career options, while Terry Benzschawel, Managing Director, discussed opportunities at Citi in Financial Engineering and Market Strategy. Cyril de Lambilly, Director, Interest Rate structuring, BNP Paribas New York, shared a case study that outlined how students might apply quantitative methods to financial challenges.

Toby Falk, Director, Risk and Quantitative Analysis of Credit Suisse, discussed how risk management has evolved in the current financial crisis, while Anthony Heading, Managing Director, JP Morgan, discussed the area of fixed income strategy. Andy Golden, president of PRINCO, shared his views on careers within university endowments.

To kick off the boot camp, a group of five recent Bendheim Master in Finance alumni returned to campus for a roundtable discussion and mock interviews. Returning graduates included Maria Isabel Müssnich Pedroso, Itau BBA; Chad Shampine, Morgan Stanley; Nestor Macias, J-MAC Capital, and Theo Kim, Princeton University Investment Company. They discussed what it takes to succeed in their areas of finance and shared their thoughts on best practices in interviewing techniques, their own career path and interests, and recommended methodology for job searches in this competitive environment.

David Blair and Wendell Collins, the Bendheim Center’s retiring and new directors of corporate relations, presented tips and techniques on the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of placement and interviewing, and Blair gave a broad overview of the Investment Banking landscape. Kathleen Mannheimer, Tony Chiappetta and Amy Pszczolkowski of Career Services discussed best practices for leveraging career support services available to Bendheim Master’s students, including a detailed overview of TigerTracks. Todd Hines also shared information on the resources available at the Economic and Finance Library.


From Wall Street to Princeton

Heidi Miller

Here is just a sampling of the additional guest speakers from a variety of areas of finance who are visiting the Bendheim Center for Finance this fall to address our Master in Finance, undergraduate, and PhD students:

  • September 30 – Hamid Biglari, Vice Chairman, Citi
  • October 21 – David Weil, MD, Technology, Media and Telecom, Credit Suisse Investment Banking
  • Nov. 7 – Harold Kim, Managing Director, Citi Hong Kong
  • Nov. 16 - David DeNunzio, Vice Chairman, Credit Suisse
  • Dec. 3 - Barclays Capital Analyst Panel
  • Dec. 11 - Heidi Goldberg Miller, CEO, JPMorgan Chase Treasury & Security Services
  • Feb. 25 - David Dodge, Former Governor, Bank of Canada
  • March 4 - Marc Potters, Co-CEO, CFM, Paris
  • March 23 - Philippe Jabre, founder, Jabre Capital Partners S.A.
  • March 25 - Elena Liapkova, portfolio manager, Artio Global Investors
  • April 5 - Marilyn Fedak, CIO, Alliance Bernstein
  • May 6 - Jack Bogle, founder, Vanguard


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