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Class of 2023

Nidhay Acharekar
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Portfolio Management, Financial Consultant, Corporate Finance

Nidhay completed his bachelor’s degree with specialization in Electronics and Communication along with minors in Finance from BITS Pilani University, India. Nidhay is interested in derivatives pricing, financial modeling, quantitative analysis, fixed income analysis, alternative investments and portfolio optimization and has gained theoretical knowledge in these subjects as part of undergraduate course work. He has developed an interest in statistics and financing which urged him to pursue a career in the same field. Along with this he has also achieved CFA Level 2 and FRM Part 2 candidate and will be completing these programs in the near future. Nidhay also acquired extensive work experience in computer programming, focused prominently on data analysis and process automation during his internships and my first job tenure. Nidhay intends to further enhance his skillsets while pursuing the master’s program and plans on expanding professional network by interacting with different people in the industry.
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Paramjith Arunachalam
Quantitative Analyst/ Trader

Paramjith is a graduate student in the Masters of Financial Mathematics program, looking to pursue a career in quantitative analysis or trading. He has a background in Mechanical engineering and is proficient in Python and R, using his analytical and programming skills to develop strategies for trading equities and derivatives. Param’s interests lie in exploring the utilization of AI, machine learning and statistical modelling in quantitative finance.
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Rushikesh Amode
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Risk Analyst, Portfolio Management, Data Scientist

Rushikesh completed his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Following graduation, he worked in the Regulatory services department of a Large American Bank as a Software Engineer/ Senior Analyst for three years, where he developed Python modules and utilized a variety of tools like SQL, Hadoop, etc. for the Resolution Liquidity Execution Needs report for the FED. Rushikesh has experience working with ML and DL models for a variety of data from signals to finance. Rushikesh aspires to work in areas like Quantitative Analysis and Risk Management and leverage the skills learned in the MFM program.
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Venkata Sachin Chandra Margam
Quantitative Analyst

Sachin has a degree in M.Sc Economics and three years of experience with a European investment bank. He developed his interest in quantitative finance while working there, where he gained a thorough knowledge of statistical methods such as Merton-type credit portfolio modeling and Monte Carlo simulation, where he helped implement strategies to develop their credit model. His current interest is in building models through machine learning applications in the financial market. He is competent in using Python, R, and SQL for in-depth statistical analysis.
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Xudong Chen
Quantitative Analyst, Risk Analyst

Xudong Chen obtained his first master’s degree in Economics concentrating on Applied Econometrics, with high proficiency in quantitative economics analysis and programming language, including Python, SQL, Spark, R. He developed his interest in quantitative analysis while working for project, where he used Monte Carlo and machine learning in modeling valuation and credit risk analysis. He is able to communicate in English, Chinese and Japanese for diverse working environments and he is preparing FRM for further development.
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Zihan Chen
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Portfolio Management, Trader

Zihan Chen has a strong interest in portfolio and investment management. Being an enthusiastic programmer, Zihan enjoys using his coding skills combined with financial literacy to generate insights from the financial market. He has experience as a fixed-income research intern in a mutual fund which made him more determined to pursue a career as a quantitative analyst. Before joining NCSU, Zihan obtained two first-class bachelor’s degrees at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in the field of business administration and computer science respectively. While in school, Zihan earned the Bang How Memorial Scholarship for my exemplary academic performance and leadership skills.
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ChiehHsi Cheng
Quantitative Analyst, Risk Analyst, Portfolio Management, Trader, Data Scientist

ChiehHsi holds a BBA Business Administration and BBA Finance and has experience programming with both Pyhton and C++. ChiehHsi is looking forward to expanding his professional network in the finance field and learn cutting-edge theories related to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. ChiehHsi is interested in pursing a career related to derivative pricing and credit risk evaluation in the finance industry or even work content related to the financial engineering sphere.
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Manisha Chhetri
Quantitative Analyst, Risk Analyst, Financial Consultant

Manisha completed her undergraduate program in Finance from Saint Cloud State University. Manisha currently works as a Compliance Consultant for CliftonLarsonAllen where her primary role is providing consulting services to financial institutions on regulatory compliance. She is also a Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer. Manisha’s short-term goal is to learn model validation, computations, risk management and gain knowledge for future roles. Her long-term goal is to be a part of the Fintech industry to design and run better risk management system for the banking industry.
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Vaishnavi Choppalli
Quantitative Analyst, Portfolio Management

Vaishnavi is a graduate student in the Master of Financial Mathematics program at NC State University. She has a keen interest in quantitative finance & portfolio management. She comes with a background in Statistics, Economics, and experience with programming languages including R and Python. She brings experience from the Market Risk Analytics Department of an investment bank, where she developed and implemented a risk component to satisfy internal and regulatory risk management requirements, conducting its optimization and updating target spread calibrations. She aspires to transition to Quantitative analysis and portfolio management based profiles.
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Nakul Haridas
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Risk Analyst, Portfolio Management, Academia

Nakul has over a year of experience in Risk Management and is proficient in using Python, SQL and R. Having completed a master’s in quantitative economics, he is proficient in econometrics, and optimization methods. Nakul has also passed FRM level 1. He aspires to transition into quantitative analyst roles upon graduation.
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Sachin Iyengar
Professor

Sachin Iyengar is a graduate student with a focus on risk management. He has completed a bachelor’s and master’s in accounting with a concentration in enterprise risk management. He plans on combining his quantitative skillset, with his accounting background, in the pursuit of a Ph.D. in Accounting. Sachin is currently learning python, sas, as well as preparing for the CPA and CMA.
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Rohit Jain
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Risk Analyst

Rohit is an economics major with a data science minor from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal where he graduated in 2022. Rohit has conducted several recent projects that are relevant in the field of finance that include sentiment analysis, opinion mining, stock price prediction and machine learning. He also worked as a research assistant focusing on modelling of crop yield density and bootstrapping to draw plausible inferences. Rohit has experience in Python, R, time series analysis and economics. Rohit is interested in pursuing careers in risk and quantitative analyst roles.
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Shashank Jaipuria
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Risk Analyst, Portfolio Management, Financial Consultant

Shashank completed a dual degree in Aerospace engineering from the Indian institute of Technology Kharagpur. His interests involve mathematics, quantitative analysis and reasoning, and statistics. Shashank has experience in Python, Excel, and is interested in quantitative analysts roles.
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Forrest Jin
Risk Analyst, Data Scientist

Forrest graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and economics, he looks to focus his graduate studies towards credit risk management and data analysis.
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Abhilash Kalapatapu
Quantitative Analyst, Risk Analyst, Trader, Financial Consultant

Abhilash is looking to pursue a career in risk management or quantitative analysis. He has prior work experience as a commodity futures trader and as a product manager at a commodity trading risk management firm. Abhilash is proficient in SQL, R and Python.
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Eby George Kannamkara
Quantitative Analyst, Financial Consultant

Eby George is pursuing a career in financial risk management, quantitative analysis or financial modeling.He has a bachelor’s in Engineering and is experienced in Python, R and MATLAB. He is a CFA level 3 candidate who has also cleared FRM level 1.
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Shivani Kohade
Quantitative Analyst, Risk Analyst, Financial Consultant

Shivani completed her Bachelors in Electronics Engineering and a MBA in Finance from Pune university (PUMBA). Prior to joining NCSU as a graduate student in Financial Mathematics Shivani has worked as a Credit Analyst for 2.5 years in CRISIL in their Public Finance department. She has rated more than 100 entities all across US in association with S&P Global wherein she assessed Economic and financial profiles, rating them according to S&P standards which also includes assessment of ESG factors. Upon graduation Shivani would like to pursue a career as a Quantative/Risk Analyst in which she will be able to develop mathematical models & help companies with their investment strategies.
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Amritesh Kumar
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Trader

Amritesh is passionate about finance and numbers and believes in making data-based decisions. He completed his undergraduate in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani. His professional experience is in Data Science and Analytics in Banking and Financial Services. With interest in using the same data-based approach and analytics in Finance and Trading, he also briefly traded in the Equity and Cryptocurrency market. He is proficient in Python, SQL, Excel, developing decision models, and building trading strategies. He has completed his CFA level 1 and a certification program in Algorithmic Trading from QuantInsti.
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Ankit Kumar Saw
Quantitative Research, Trader

Ankit is passionate about applying computational methods to financial research and modelling. In his last Algorithmic trading internship at William O Neil, he drove value doing factor research on technical indicators for US equities markets. Pursuing his graduate studies in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at IIT Kharagpur, he qualified for FRM Level 1. Prior to joining NCSU for his graduate studies in financial mathematics, he has worked as Senior Data Scientist at India’s biggest recruitment firm naukri.com. He has built large scale Data Science products such as recommendation engine and monetization models applying Machine Learning and Deep learning using Python and SQL. He is a regular contributor in research journals and published papers in AAAI, NAACL,ECAI, ASONAM conferences. In his free time, he likes to conduct trading, cooking, travelling and poetry. Combining his Computational Finance knowledge and Data Science skills, he looks to pursue careers in Quantitative Research and Trading.
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Xiaoyu (Olivia) Li
Risk Analyst, Data Scientist

Xiaoyu has a background in Applied Mathematics and a solid foundation in mathematical modeling. She has work experience in data management and analysis. Xiaoyu has experience using Python, SQL and SAS. Upon graduation, Xiaoyu intends to pursue a career in data science and risk analysis in financial industry.
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Dimitrios Ligas
Trader

Dimitrios is genuinely passionate about Time-Series Econometrics and Options Theory. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the Athens University of Economics and Business, while he has experience working as a Risk Analyst at the Market-Making department of HSBC Pantelakis Securities S.A. Entrepreneurially minded, Dimitrios is also the co-founder of an innovative Laundry & Luggage Care Hub in Greece. He brings excellent numerical and analytical skills in conjunction with strong programming skills in Python and R. Upon graduation, he wants to pursue a career as a Quantitative Trader/Options Market-Maker in the Proprietary Trading industry.
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Parth Mahajan
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Risk Analyst, Data Scientist

Parth is a graduate student in Financial Mathematics with a keen interest in math surrounding the quantitative aspects of modeling in finance. He has work experience in derivatives trading, data modeling and has used Python and SQL extensively in his work as well as managed a portfolio of commodity futures. He has engaged in several academic projects and has a deep understanding of the fundamentals of finance. After graduation, he aspires to work as a quantitative analyst to leverage these skills.
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Jack McManus
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Portfolio Management

Jack is a Financial Mathematics graduate student pursuing a career in quantitative research. As an undergraduate, he earned a BSBA from Georgetown University where he majored in Finance. During his time as an undergraduate, he interned at Hilton Capital Management, an asset management firm with over two billion dollars in AUM. He has experience with C++ and Excel, and is currently adding Python and R to his skillset.
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Sauvik Mittra
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Portfolio Management, Trader

Sauvik completed his Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Finance from India. Post graduation, he worked as an Institutional Equity Sales Trader for a leading domestic brokerage firm catering to institutional clients across the globe who trade in the Indian equity markets. With over five years of work experience, Sauvik decided to pursue the masters program in financial mathematics to enhance his quantitative skills and develop an all-round profile in the industry. Sauvik wants to pursue a career in Portfolio Manager/Fund Manager while simultaneously leveraging his quantitative skills to generate alpha for the organization.
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Hemanth Pinnamaraju
Quantitative Analyst, Data Scientist

Hemanth has work experience in Operational Risk, Financial Reporting and Analytics. Hemanth is experienced in utilizing Python for automation and is well versed with dashboarding using MicroStrategy and Tableau. Hemanth aspires to pursue a career as a Data Scientist/ Quantitative Analyst where he can use his skills to develop and implement quantitative models.
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Ritu Sharma
Quantitative Analyst, Portfolio Management, Trader

Ritu is a mathematics enthusiast and has studied Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering. She has 3 years of work experience at UBS on the Investment Bank trading floor as Tech Analyst, which drove her interests in finance. Ritu has technical experience with equities and equity derivatives trading based applications. Professionally, Ritu wants to pursue a career in Algorithmic Trading and Quantitative Analysis.
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Palak Sinha
Risk Analyst, Financial Consultant

Palak completed her undergraduate studies in engineering were she developed her skills on various programming languages like C, C++, SQL, Python, and MATLAB. With concentration in Electronics & Communication stream, Palak discovered a passion for economics and finance. She is interested in pursuing a career in Risk and Financial Consulting.
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Zitao Song
Quantitative Analyst, Risk Analyst, Trader, Data Scientist

Zitao graduated from Penn State University with a degree in computational mathematics and two minors in economics and statistics. He is interested in risk models and pricing models with a career goal in Risk Management. Zitao has a strong background in mathematics, statistics, finance, and coding. He also has gained extensive related experiences during my undergraduate, including two data analysts and a risk analyst position.
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Niyati Srivastava
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Risk Analyst, Portfolio Management, Financial Consultant

Niyati has a background in mathematics and financial economics. During her previous roles, she extensively worked on data analytics and strategies using Python, R and SAS. Niyati has been working for credit forecasting teams to size losses for CCAR, CECL and budget exercises. A part-actuary, she is keen on reading about the impact of economic and social policies on the financial industry. With over 2 years of experience in credit risk management, Niyati aims to transition to roles in quantitative research and analysis.
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Gundepudi V (GV) SuryaSashank
Quantitative Trading

GV completed his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and interned at a proprietary firm as a Quantitative/Technical Analyst in India. He is experienced in Python and R and is building skills in C++, Java, and SQL. GV is familiar with back-testing trading ideas and producing buy/sell signals using basic technical analysis. He is experienced in developing workflows for data science projects and the life cycle of developing trading strategies. GV is excited to be part of a collaborative effort in developing the next generation of mathematical models and computational technologies for building robust strategies for trading equities and derivatives.
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Ameya Tembhekar
Quantitative Analyst, Risk Analyst, Portfolio Management

Ameya has over 6 years of professional experience in software development and finance. Specifically gaining over 3 years of experience in Equity Derivatives based Structured Products design, trades and Fixed Income Risk administration monitoring. These roles involved working on products in various markets including India and the United States. Ameya has gained skills in equity derivatives pricing, monitoring the options life cycle, analyzing various market scenarios, options portfolio, back testing trading strategies, and analyzing fixed income portfolios. Ameya completed his Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Nagpur University in India and also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management with a Finance concentration from Indian Institute of Management Amritsar in India. Ameya would like explore careers in quantitative finance and risk management.
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Zhong Tian
Quantitative Analyst, Risk Analyst

Zhong earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from City University of Hong Kong. With solid academic background and internship experience in fixed incoming trading, he is passionate about using mathematics and statistics to solve credit/market risk problems, while utilizing programming skills in Python/R/SQL/SAS during his graduate study. Upon graduation, Zhong would like to pursue a career in risk management.
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Harshil Zaveri
Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Research, Portfolio Management, Data Scientist

Harshil earned his bachelor’s in Computer Engineering and has received a graduate badge in Data Science from IBM. Harshil is experienced in Python and R and is looking to leverage his analytical skills in the domain of quantitative finance.
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Ruikang Zhang
Risk Analyst, Portfolio Management, Financial Consultant

Ruikang has an investment and financial analytic bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. Ruikang has expereince in Python and Excel. After graduation, he will be pursing careers in Risk management or strategy consulting.
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