Alumni Spotlight: Tao Lu

Alum Tao Lu was a student in the Computational Finance and Risk Management Master of Science campus cohort of 2014. He has had a successful career with Microsoft, where he started as an intern while in the CFRM program, and remains there today as a Data Scientist. Tao recently shared …

Information Session Schedule Through October Announced

The CFRM program is pleased to announce the upcoming schedule of information sessions for prospective students to learn about the graduate programs offered in Computational Finance and Risk Management. The newly scheduled information sessions, planned through October 2021, will be held virtually. Information Session Dates Wednesday, July 14 | 10:00am …

CFRM Announces New Fellowship, in Partnership with Parametric Portfolio Associates

The Computational Finance and Risk Management (CFRM) program is proud to announce the Parametric Fellowship for Opportunity and Advancement in Computational Finance and Risk Management, in partnership with Parametric Portfolio Associates. The gift shall be used to create a fellowship fund to provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing …

Alumni Spotlight: Jaiganesh Prabhakaran

Alum Jaiganesh Prabhakaran was a student in the Computational Finance and Risk Management Master of Science campus cohort of 2013. After graduation he spent time working in Colorado, before returning to Seattle. He recently took the time to reflect on his experience in the CFRM program. Hometown: Mumbai, India Undergraduate …

Alumni Spotlight: Cheryl Fang

Alum Cheryl Fang was a student in the Computational Finance and Risk Management Master of Science campus cohort of 2012, and has since established herself in New York City. She recently took the time to reflect on her experience in the CFRM program.

CFRM alum Cheryl Fang.

Hometown: Yichang, China
Undergraduate University: Huazhong University of Science & Technology
CFRM Cohort: 2012
CFRM Graduation: 2014
Current Location: New York, NY
Company: Credit Suisse
Title: Vice President

Q: How did your time in the CFRM program help you with your career path?
CF: Courses taught by academic and industry professors gave me a theoretical foundation and practical insight. CFRM’s extracurricular activities, including CFA/FRM/CAIA events, the R in Finance conference and company tours, created numerous networking opportunities. The program also had great career advising resources.

Q: What was your most memorable event or activity during your time in the program?
CF: It was the R in Finance conference, where I met dozens of industry practitioners and had interviews with several companies in just 1-2 days.

Q: What was your favorite CFRM course? Why?
Portfolio Optimization [CFRM 503] taught by Professor Doug Martin. I learned both advanced mathematical models and systematic implementation.

Q: What are your favorite memories of CFRM/UW Seattle/Seattle?
My favorite memories were the days and nights when I studied and worked hard for my dream. Those days let me know how much potential I could have.

Q: What is something you wish you had known when starting graduate school?
I wish I knew networking is secondary to studying. No matter how many interviews people get via networking, they won’t get a good job if they don’t have a deep understanding of the knowledge they learned.

Q: What is the best part of your current job/position?
The best part is its quantitative nature. It involves both mathematical modeling and programming (Python, C++, R) on a daily basis.

Q: What advice would you give incoming CFRM students?
Even though CFRM provides lots of resources, what is more important is your personal effort. My experiences to secure a good job were:
1. Learn all courses well;
2. Be proactive (but not aggressive) in networking;
3. Be well prepared and try to catch every interview opportunity.

All spring quarter classes to be held remotely

As announced by University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce on Thursday, March 19, 2020, all spring quarter classes will be held via remote instruction instead of meeting in person. Spring quarter will begin as scheduled on March 30, with remote instruction that will continue through the end of the …

Recent News: November/December

Awards Dinner, Program Ranking, Industry Activities AWARDS & GRADUATION CELEBRATION: Campus students from the autumn 2018 cohort were recognized at a dinner on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Celebrating their accomplishments and forthcoming graduation were program staff, faculty, and first year students. The third annual event, hosted by Director Tim Leung, …