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taopangDirector, Tao Pang (PhD, CFA, FRM)


Dr. Pang’s research interests include portfolio optimization, risk management and operations management. He receives his PhD with primary research area in portfolio optimization from Brown University and his MS and BS both from University of Science and Technology of China. Dr. Pang is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM). He served as a co-director of the North Carolina Chapter of Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) from 2011 to 2016.

di_buckladGraduate Services Coordinator, Di Bucklad


Serves as the principal administrative liaison between the student, the graduate program, and the Graduate School.  Processes admissions applications, collects all necessary documents, and submits the materials and recommendations to the Graduate School.

marla_emeryExecutive Career Coach, Marla Emery


Marla Emery is a career management coach who helps students and professionals to launch their careers, excel in their professional endeavors, and find their own North Star (aka dream job). As the Executive Coach for the NCSU Masters of Financial Mathematics, Marla coaches and trains first- and second- year students as they prepare to launch their careers in a chosen field.

As the Documentation Manager for LogicWorks, a technology start-up firm in Princeton, NJ, Marla led a 10-person technical writing team. This position afforded her the opportunity to hone her leadership skills, create a collaborative workplace culture, and learn cutting-edge technology, which she continues to leverage today.

Since then, Marla co-founded and managed TeamWide Solutions, in Charlotte, NC. With more than ten years in that role, she successfully coached and trained senior leaders, individual contributors, and underperforming teams who struggled to overcome challenges stemming from poor leadership skills and insufficient communication skills.

Marla also serves as an adjunct coach for Meridian Resources, Inc., a virtual outplacement service provider. Combining her coaching background with her penchant for writing, she supports her clients throughout their career transition by providing strategic job-search coaching and by designing modern, compelling, and customize resumes (and LinkedIn profiles).

Marla earned her undergraduate degree (B.S. Sp. Ed) from the University of Delaware and later completed the University of North Carolina Charlotte's Business Coach program. She is committed to ongoing learning through self-education and continuing participation in coach training programs. Subsequently she earned a certificate as a Leadership and Talent Management Coach through the Leadership Coach Academy. And, she has earned the Associate Credentialed Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation logging 500+ hours of client coaching sessions. She is deeply committed to the coaching profession and has served an unprecedented two-year term as the president of the board of directors of the International Coach Federation – Charlotte Area Chapter (ICF-CAC).

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Congratulations to our December 2016 graduates!
Congratulations to all of our December 2016 graduates! We are so proud of your hard work! Our graduates were placed at Bank of America, TD Bank, Financial Risk Group, EY, SAS & First Citizens Bank. We wish you all success!
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NC State’s Financial Math Program’s Quantnet Rankings are up!
We are pleased to announce that NC State's Financial Math Program's Quantnet Rankings have improved as the program continues to grow and succeed. In it's 14th year, the MFM program has expanded and advanced into a well-respected graduate program sought out by students from all over the world. Currently, the program is ranked #18 in […]
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