Chicago Commitee

Tianhui “Michael” Li
Princeton University, Computer Science ’07, Operations Research and Financial Engineering ’13

After completing two masters degrees in Cambridge, UK on a Marshall Scholarship, Michael Li completed his PhD at Princeton with support from the National Science Foundation and Hertz Graduate Fellowships.  He founded the conference in 2011 as a forum for students to learn more about industry and as a way to support local education non-profit causes.

Kaity Kratsios
Princeton University ’07

After graduating from Princeton, Kaity spent a year in Athens, Greece, funded by a Hellenic American Education Foundation fellowship. She taught high school English language and literature at Athens College, Greece’s #1-ranked preparatory school. In 2011, Kaity returned to Princeton to complete the University’s Program in Teacher Preparation. She student taught at Trenton Central High School and served as a history teacher at Foundation Academy Charter School during the 2012-13 school year.

Damien Benveniste
MS Physics Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan ’07, PhD Physics Johns Hopkins University ’14

Damien received a MS from the ENS Cachan and is currently completing his Physics PhD. He is now the president of the JHU Economics and Finance Club and the JHU quant trading group and is working as Quant Analyst intern at Constellation Energy. He has a strong interest in mathematical modeling and big data science.

Swapnil Sharma
Indian Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering, ’10, Master of Finance candidate, Princeton

Swapnil received his BTech degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur in 2010. After graduation, he joined Goldman Sachs and worked there for 3 years. He is now a Master in Finance student at Princeton University. Swapnil is interested in quantitative trading and asset management.

Larissa Miller
PhD Candidate in Finance, Illinois Institute of Technology

Larissa J. Miller has extensive experience in the financial markets from founding a not-for-profit long only equity investment fund, Stuart Investments, to teaching at world-renowned universities such as The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Larissa has spent most of her time since earning her Masters degree in Financial Engineering from the Stuart Graduate School of Business working with different types of investment products such as over-the-counter fixed income products at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, mortgage-backed securities at FactSet, ETFs and options at PEAK6. Larissa’s extensive experience in equity research has formed the foundation for these more complex products.

Currently Larissa is pursuing her PhD at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Finance. She teaches at Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University and Illinois Benedictine College at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Her research concentrations include currency pricing, ETFs, futures & options, VIX, economics, equities, asset pricing and financial education, specifically experiential learning. Additionally, Larissa works for the Stuart School of Business with industry outreach by developing projects with financial firms for the Stuart’s MSF program, such as the Implied Volatility Competition as sponsored by TD Ameritrade as well as manage the Americas championship CFA Research Team from Stuart.

Oriol Lozano Carbassé
Ecole Polytechnique in ’12, Master of Finance candidate, Princeton

Oriol obtained his BA in applied mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique in 2012. After graduation, he joined an algorithmic trading desk at Citigroup London for 4 months. He is now a Master in Finance student at Princeton Bendheim Center for Finance. He is interested in high frequency estimators and their application to lead-lag arbitrage.

Pan Xie
Bryn Mawr College ’13, Master of Finance candidate, Princeton

Pan received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College in May 2013. In the past, she has taken internships in a variety of industries. Now she is enrolled in the Master in Finance Program at Princeton University. She is interested in exploring career opportunities in quantitative trading and asset management.

Regina Cai
Princeton University, Operations Research and Financial Engineering ’15

Regina Cai is an undergraduate student at Princeton University and interested in the applications of a wide range of topics in operations research and math, such as dynamic programming and variational calculus, to finance.