Advancing the Field of Quantitative Finance
formerly the IAFE

Event: 'How I Became a Quant' Chicago: A Panel Geared for Students
Date: April 25, 2011
Time: 5:30pm Registration, 6:00 Program Begins, 7:30pm Reception
Illini Center Chicago
200 South Wacker Drive
Illinois Room, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606


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


Brian Boonstra

Director, UBS O'Connor

Todd Mayer

Senior Trader/Associate Director,

Chicago Trading Company

Ying Zhu

Quantitative Analyst, Belvedere Trading

Ethan G. Kahn

Principal, Wolverine Trading, LLC



Morton Lane

Director, Master of Science Program in Financial Engineering
The University of Illinois

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 by:

University of Illinois Masters in Financial Engineering Program


Read stories by professionals in the field in the 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.