How I Became a Quant: Financial Engineers Give a Personal View of their Careers in Quantitative Finance

Washington, DC
13 February 2012
Hosted By: George Washington University in cooperation with the International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE) and the Fischer Black Memorial Foundation

NERA Industry Affiliate Dr. James Overdahl, a former Chief Economist at both the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, was invited by George Washington University to discuss his personal view of the world of quantitative finance. The recent explosive growth in quantitative finance has led mathematics, physics, computer science, and engineering students of all levels to wonder whether a career or an advanced degree in quantitative finance is right for them. With the rapid increase in sophisticated quantitative and computational techniques employed in financial firms, there has been increasing demand for students with highly quantitative backgrounds to work in the financial field and an increase in advanced degree programs covering these topics. Dr. Overdahl shared his professional experiences, engaged in a moderated discussion, and participated in a Q&A session with the students.

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