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Fall 2012 Newsletter

Largest MFin Class Ever Attends Fall Boot Camp


On August 27, 40 students from around the globe attended the annual 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 for Master in Finance students for the past seven years with the help of a prestigious group of alumni and corporate affiliates. (A list of the students and their resumes is available on this website.) The math refresher course was taught by Postdoc Matt Lorig.

As in past years, presenters at the Sept. 8-11 boot camp covered a broad range of firms and potential areas of career focus.

To kick off the boot camp, Wendell Collins, director of corporate relations, presented tips and techniques on the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of networking and interviewing.

Peter Lighte, Vice Chairman, Global Corporate Bank, JPMorgan China, reflected on his broad array of career experiences around the world and shared advice on how to make the most of the student experience and how to weigh a growing range of career options and opportunities.

As in past years, Master in Finance alumni returned to campus for a roundtable panel discussion and mock interviews.The panel included Duygu Gozeler, Deutsche Bank;Theo Kim, Princeton University Investment Company; Adam Lichtenstein, Kepos Capital; Nestor Macias, Credit Suisse; Chad Shampine, Morgan Stanley; and Dennis Walsh, Goldman Sachs Asset Management. 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.

Professor Frank Fabozzi kicked off the boot camp talks on Monday with an overview of the growth in careers in quantitative finance and related trends. 


Pankaj Khandelwal, Executive Director, Equity Derivative Strategistsl and MFin alum Jean Boyer explained the integral role strats play within Morgan Stanley.

John Massad, Director, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., returned to speak at boor camp about opportunities on the buyside and how to differentiate oneself in an increasingly competitive job market.

Paul Edelman, president of Edelman & Associates (a new BCF corporate affiliate) walked the new students through the process of working with an executive recruiter and trends in hiring in quantitative trading and technology.

Andy Golden, President, Princeton Investment Company, talked about PRINCO’s unique approach and shared his views on careers within university endowments.

L. Sankar, Managing Director in Citi’s Multi-Asset Group and Markets Quantitative Analysis, provided an overview of quantitative opportunities at Citi and shared his own career experiences and advice on how students should weigh career options.

Hafize Gaye Erkan, Managing Director, IBD Sales Strats, discussed how quantitative finance has evolved over the past 30 years as well as the roles and responsibilities of strats within Goldman Sachs.


Julie Shurts 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 shared information on the resources available at the Economic and Finance Library.

Todd Solash, Senior VP of Product Development and Lifecycle Product Management for AXA, discussed trends in the insurance arena and how diversified firms such as AXA hedge risk for clients.  Peter Kent, Managing Partner, and Brenden Eng, trader, at Eladian Partners, shared their views on the growing opportunities in high frequency trading.                                                                    

Adam Lutz, MFin alum working at corporate affiliate DC Energy, discussed the energy finance arena and what his firm looks for in hiring potential employees.  

Andy Hubbard, Managing Director, Credit Products, at Credit Suisse, spoke about his career path since her Princeton undergraduate years, and discussed the history and future of derivatives. Kian Esteghamat, Partner at Canepa US, walked students through the various career opportunities in asset management and risk management. 
 

Jamey Thompson, Managing Director, Citadel, and Head of Global Credit, discussed the skills necessary to succeed in his group and at a firm like Citadel.

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Peter Lighte shared his thoughts on careers and life.


MFin Alumni return for a panel discussion.


L. Sankar of Citi gave a sense of Citi's scope of opportunities.


Gaye Erkan and Sophie Wang gave students a sense of the Goldman Sachs Strats organization and related roles.


Jamey Thompson of Citadel spoke about what it takes to succeed in various areas of his firm.


Todd Solash of AXA shared his thoughts on opportunities in the insurance and hedging arena.


Brenden Eng and Peter Kent of Eladian Partners discuss high frequency trading.