Advancing the Field of Quantitative Finance
formerly the IAFE


Event: How I Became a Quant
Date: September 23
Time: 5:30 pm Registration begins, 6 pm Program begins
Goldman Sachs
180 Maiden Lane
Ricker Auditorium

Description: The IAFE Education Committee and The Fischer Black Memorial Foundation are pleased to invite you to...

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

A Panel Discussion For Students Interested in a Career in Quantitative Finance

September 23, 2003
Goldman Sachs, 180 Maiden Lane
New York City
5:30 pm Registration
6 pm Program Begins


Peter Carr, Head of Quantitative Research, Bloomberg; and Director, Masters in Mathematical Finance Program, NYU's Courant Institute

Cris Conde, President and CEO, SunGard, and IAFE Advisory Board Member

Evan Picoult, Managing Director, Citigroup Risk Architecture

Bjorn Flesaker, Managing Director, MBIA Insurance Corporation

Moderated by Suzanne Lewis, Associate, Advice Lab, JP Morgan Private Bank; and nearing completion of her Masters in Mathematics at NYU.

This is the second event in our ongoing series to address the growing interest in pursuing a career in quantitative finance and risk management among students.

The recent explosive growth in quantitative finance has led mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering students of all levels to wonder whether a career 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.

This forum is designed to give a personal view of the world of quantitative finance from the perspectives of leading professionals with varying specialties. Without formulas or Microsoft Power Point, our panelists will share their own experiences and engage in a moderated discussion with plenty of time to answer student questions. A reception for students and panelists will be held after the event.

Please note that the discussion will be geared toward undergraduate students, though graduate students and young practitioners are welcome too.