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2021

Jashaina Thomas

Roberta Romero¬†(MBA, 2009; MSIST, 2020), Jashaina Thomas (MSFE, 2021), and Harvey Mudd College student¬†Amber Hughes¬†teamed up for ‚ÄúHack for Black Lives‚ÄĚ in February.¬†The¬†not-so-traditional hackathon challenged students at the Claremont Colleges to practice active anti-racism by leveraging their interests and skills to develop solutions that support Black communities. Their group worked together to conceptualize¬†a government entity that would oversee and regulate the use of AI software in large, influential organizations and proposed a solution to expose and¬†mitigate algorithmic bias and impart a culture of responsibility for those involved in tech developments of the future.

2021

Luis Rodriguez

The AXA Art Prize 2021 Finalists were just announced and three of our recent MFA recipients are among the 40 artists in this national exhibition: A’Kailah Byrd-Greene (MFA), Julie Loffer (MFA), and Luis Rodriguez (MFA, 2021). For the fourth edition of the Prize, over 600 submissions were submitted. The works of the 40 finalist student artists go on view in November at the New York Academy of Art and will also be presented as a digital exhibition in the AXA Art Prize virtual gallery.

2021

Julie Loffer

The AXA Art Prize 2021 Finalists were just announced and three of our recent MFA recipients are among the 40 artists in this national exhibition: A’Kailah Byrd-Greene (MFA, 2021), Julie Loffer (MFA, 2021), and Luis Rodriguez (MFA, 2021). For the fourth edition of the Prize, over 600 submissions were submitted. The works of the 40 finalist student artists go on view in November at the New York Academy of Art and will also be presented as a digital exhibition in the AXA Art Prize virtual gallery.

2021

Francesca Gacho

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) named 48 new Emerging Voices Fellows for 2021 and Danae Hart (PhD, Cultural Studies, 2020) and Francesca Gacho (MA, PhD, English, 2021) were among the winners. The program allows recent PhDs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to take up one-year positions at select institutions in ACLS’s Research University Consortium, where they can advance their research and professional development while contributing to the teaching, programming, and administrative work of their host university. Hart will join the Arts & Humanities program at the University of California, Berkley, and Gacho will join the Communication of Science and Technology program at Vanderbilt University as Postdoctoral fellows.

2021

A’Kailah Byrd-Greene

The AXA Art Prize 2021 Finalists were just announced and three of our recent MFA recipients are among the 40 artists in this national exhibition: A’Kailah Byrd-Greene (MFA, 2021), Julie Loffer (MFA, 2021), and Luis Rodriguez (MFA, 2021). For the fourth edition of the Prize, over 600 submissions were submitted. The works of the 40 finalist student artists go on view in November at the New York Academy of Art and will also be presented as a digital exhibition in the AXA Art Prize virtual gallery.

2020

Pogu Zhou

The Financial Engineering program recently surveyed some of the companies where MSFE graduates are working. Some of these alumni are Jiahuan Huang¬†(MSFE, 2019),¬†Financial Analyst, Acumen Robot Intelligence, Inc.;¬†Imad Fahim¬†(MSIST/MSFE, 2019),¬†Liquidity Reporting Associate, MUFG; Kun Liu¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Internal Control,¬†Huatai Securities Co, Ltd.; Carlos Mel√©ndez‚Ä謆(MSFE, 2020),¬†Senior¬†Analyst,¬†Banco de Guatemala; Pogu Zhou¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Data Analyst, Shenzhen Capital Group; Irene (Yue) Wu¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Actuarial Analyst, Milliman; and Joseph Puhalla¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Model Validation Quant,¬†MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International).

2020

Irene (Yue) Wu

The Financial Engineering program recently surveyed some of the companies where MSFE graduates are working. Some of these alumni are Jiahuan Huang (MSFE, 2019), Financial Analyst, Acumen Robot Intelligence, Inc.; Imad Fahim (MSIST/MSFE, 2019), Liquidity Reporting Associate, MUFG; Kun Liu (MSFE, 2020), Internal Control, Huatai Securities Co, Ltd.; Carlos Mel√©ndez‚Äč (MSFE, 2020), Senior Analyst, Banco de Guatemala; Pogu Zhou (MSFE, 2020), Data Analyst, Shenzhen Capital Group; Irene (Yue) Wu (MSFE, 2020), Actuarial Analyst, Milliman; and Joseph Puhalla (MSFE, 2020), Model Validation Quant, MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International).

2020

Joseph Puhalla

The Financial Engineering program recently surveyed some of the companies where MSFE graduates are working. Some of these alumni are Jiahuan Huang¬†(MSFE, ‚Äô19),¬†Financial Analyst, Acumen Robot Intelligence, Inc.;¬†Imad Fahim¬†(MSIST/MSFE, ‚Äô19),¬†Liquidity Reporting Associate, MUFG; Kun Liu¬†(MSFE, ‚Äô20),¬†Internal Control,¬†Huatai Securities Co, Ltd.; Carlos Mel√©ndez‚Ä謆(MSFE, ‚Äô20),¬†Senior¬†Analyst,¬†Banco de Guatemala; Pogu Zhou¬†(MSFE, ‚Äô20),¬†Data Analyst, Shenzhen Capital Group; Irene (Yue) Wu¬†(MSFE, ‚Äô20),¬†Actuarial Analyst, Milliman; and Joseph Puhalla¬†(MSFE, ‚Äô20),¬†Model Validation Quant,¬†MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International).

2020

Carlos Meléndez

The Financial Engineering program recently surveyed some of the companies where MSFE graduates are working. Some of these alumni are Jiahuan Huang¬†(MSFE, 2019),¬†Financial Analyst, Acumen Robot Intelligence, Inc.;¬†Imad Fahim¬†(MSIST/MSFE, 2019),¬†Liquidity Reporting Associate, MUFG; Kun Liu¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Internal Control,¬†Huatai Securities Co, Ltd.; Carlos Mel√©ndez‚Ä謆(MSFE, 2020),¬†Senior¬†Analyst,¬†Banco de Guatemala; Pogu Zhou¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Data Analyst, Shenzhen Capital Group; Irene (Yue) Wu¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Actuarial Analyst, Milliman; and Joseph Puhalla¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Model Validation Quant,¬†MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International).

2020

Kun Liu

The Financial Engineering program recently surveyed some of the companies where MSFE graduates are working. Some of these alumni are Jiahuan Huang¬†(MSFE, 2019),¬†Financial Analyst, Acumen Robot Intelligence, Inc.;¬†Imad Fahim¬†(MSIST/MSFE, 2019),¬†Liquidity Reporting Associate, MUFG; Kun Liu¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Internal Control,¬†Huatai Securities Co, Ltd.; Carlos Mel√©ndez‚Ä謆(MSFE, 2020),¬†Senior¬†Analyst,¬†Banco de Guatemala; Pogu Zhou¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Data Analyst, Shenzhen Capital Group; Irene (Yue) Wu¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Actuarial Analyst, Milliman; and Joseph Puhalla¬†(MSFE, 2020),¬†Model Validation Quant,¬†MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International).

2020

Dezhen Kong

Dezhen Kong (MSFE) partnered with the Drucker Finance Club to offer a two-part career workshop for students this spring. Kong shared what led him to pivot toward a career in quantitative finance and what his experience as client services analyst at Qontigo has been like so far.

2020

Danae Hart

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) named 48 new Emerging Voices Fellows for 2021 and Danae Hart (PhD, Cultural Studies, 2020) and Francesca Gacho (MA, PhD, English, 2021) were among the winners. The program allows recent PhDs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to take up one-year positions at select institutions in ACLS’s Research University Consortium, where they can advance their research and professional development while contributing to the teaching, programming, and administrative work of their host university. Hart will join the Arts & Humanities program at the University of California, Berkley, and Gacho will join the Communication of Science and Technology program at Vanderbilt University as Postdoctoral fellows.