Advancing the Field of Quantitative Finance
formerly the IAFE

Event: 'How I Became a Quant' Los Angeles: A Panel Geared for Students
Date: March 2, 2011
Time: 5:30pm Registration, 6:00 Program Begins, 7:30pm Reception
Anderson School of Management
Korn Hall
Building - Entrepreneurs Hall
3rd Floor
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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


Muir Davis

Senior Project Manager/ Demand Resource Integration,
Southern California Edison

Samantha Foster

Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC

Jose A. Lopez

Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Yigal Newman

CIO, JSF Financial, LLC



Alex Lach

Partner and Portfolio Manager, Camden Group


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.

This forum is designed to give a personal view of the world of quantitative finance from the point of view of quantitative finance 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.

Hosted and Sponsored by:

UCLA Anderson School of Management Financial Engineering Program

Co-Sponsored by:

Claremont Graduate University, Financial Engineering Program

Read stories by professionals in the field in the new book How I Became a Quant, based on our popular panels. Follow the link above to purchase a copy. All royalties will go to the Fischer Black Memorial Foundation.