Parametric Fellowship Recipient Profile: Zeeshan Jawaid

Computational Finance and Risk Management Program Director Tim Leung is proud to announce Mr. Zeeshan Jawaid as the first recipient of the Parametric Fellowship for Opportunity and Advancement in Computational Finance and Risk Management, in partnership with Parametric Portfolio Associates. Zeeshan is a CFRM Master of Science candidate, in the …

A Message from the Director

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we haven’t had the opportunity to meet in person for over a year. Nevertheless, the CFRM staff and faculty have worked tirelessly and collaboratively to help many of our current and incoming students, and continue our partnership with alumni and employers. I was truly inspired …

CFRM Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

With the start of the 2021 academic year, the Computational Finance and Risk Management administration is celebrating ten years of its graduate programs. In summer 2011, Professor Emeritus R. Douglas Martin founded the campus and online master of science degrees. “We had a small cohort size that year, but our …

Alumni Spotlight: Yu Tang

Alum Yu Tang was a student in the Computational Finance and Risk Management Master of Science campus cohort of 2013. A CFA Charterholder, Yu worked for the Employees Retirement System of Texas before joining the Quantitative Equity Group at Vanguard. She recently shared her thoughts about her time in the …

New Majors a Hit with UW Undergraduates

This past winter, the Department of Applied Mathematics announced the addition of two new undergraduate majors in Computational Finance and Risk Management (CFRM) and Applied Mathematics. Following the first admissions cycle, both majors are now officially in effect, with 23 outstanding undergraduate students joining the BS-CFRM program for autumn 2020. …

CFRM Students Persevere for a Successful Summer 2020

The 2019 cohort of UW CFRM graduate students had a robust and valuable Summer 2020 experience amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced on-campus CFRM Career Services to operate remotely starting on March 16, 2020. “March and April are the prime months of internship recruiting, interviewing and offers,” reports Karen Beaudry, …

Google Summer of Code Remains Popular with CFRM Students

Since 2012, nearly a dozen CFRM students have completed projects for Google Summer of Code (GSoC), which is a global program that offers post-secondary student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. Participating students work full-time on their projects, and CFRM instructors serve as mentors. In …

A Word from the Director

While 2020 has been a challenging year for many of us, we were very excited to start the new academic year. In this year’s online orientation, the CFRM faculty and staff welcomed 38 new students for our on-campus MS-CFRM program and 12 new students for our online program, joining us from across the country and around the world.

CFRM Program Director Tim Leung with UW mascot Dubs II.

The new undergraduate major in computational finance and risk management (CFRM) has just completed a very successful admission cycle. This competitive major will provide undergraduate students with rigorous training on modern quantitative science with programming and finance.

To facilitate research collaboration and strategic partnership between CFRM and industry, we are excited to launch the CFRM Quantitative Analytics Lab (QAL). Projects at QAL will involve the interplay of big data, quantitative methods, machine learning models, and algorithms to solve the most practical problems in the finance industry and beyond. We’ll continuously engage with industry professionals to create new research projects and other collaborative opportunities. If you have any project ideas, please share with us!

Over the years, the CFRM program and AMATH department have made a series of outreach activities to promote diversity and inclusion. Within the past 12 months, we have played an active role as a partner of Math Alliance to provide mentorship to minority and underrepresented students across the US. We have also attended national STEM diversity conferences and visited several HBCUs, including Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark-Atlanta University. We also continue our tradition of celebrating the success stories of our alumni in our Alumni Spotlight series.

It’s more important than ever for us to stay together and be supportive. The program can serve as the key connector and facilitator for the CFRM community. Together with our students and alumni, we have much to look forward to in the year ahead.

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. Hometown: Yichang, China Undergraduate University: Huazhong University …