Class of 2006 Bios (Arya-Chang)
Anju Arya holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she worked as a research assistant in the field of mobile communications; while working in the telecommunications field, she went on to receive her MS in accounting and information systems. Upon finishing the MFE program, Anju plans to apply the skills developed in the program and deal with derivatives in a financial strategy group or in a research environment. Her interests include yoga, rock climbing, dancing, and traveling.
Santhosh Bandreddi earned an MBA from the Indian School of Business and shortly thereafter worked in an investment team at DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers in Mumbai. While there, his responsibilities included equity derivatives, quantitative analysis and research in the software services sector. Prior to working at DSP Merrill Lynch, he worked for i2 technologies, a software firm, in the Product Management area for over 3 years. Santhosh also holds an undergraduate degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a Masters degree in Operations Research from the University of Texas, Austin. Santhosh plans to apply the skills and knowledge he acquires in the MFE program to pursue a career in equity/credit derivatives research. His interests include soccer, field hockey, and basketball.
Thomas Brunet holds a “Diplôme d’Ingénieur” from The French Engineering school in Lyon, where his fields of study were mathematics and computer science. He also studied for one year as an exchange student at Oregon State University, where he started to tailor his scientific background to the demands of financial models. He then joined Ofivalmo, an asset management company in Paris, as a junior asset manager on the fixed income desk, where he mainly dealt with convertible bonds and volatility arbitrage for hedge funds. After strengthening his financial mathematical skills through the MFE Program, Thomas plans to apply them in the capital markets department of an investment bank.
Niels Burmester completed his undergraduate work at Queen's University in Canada earning a BA in applied economics. He also holds over 3 years experience in economic research at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC. During that time, Niels assisted in creating the G17 industrial production and capacity indexes, which are leading economic indicators for the United States. Previous to that, he interned at the Cato Institute's Center for Trade Policy Studies in Washington, DC. Niels enrolled in the MFE program in order to engage in more hands-on work within the fields of economics and finance. In his free time, Niels' hobbies include biking, cooking, acting, and public speaking.
Guanghua Cao was drawn to the MFE program by his passion for quantitative finance. Prior to joining the MFE program, he was a Ph.D. student at Southern Methodist University, where he had previously obtained a Master’s degree in Computational Mathematics. During his Ph.D. study, he focused on developing numerical techniques for exotic option pricing. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Shanghai JiaoTong University and worked for one year as a software engineer at Beijing Founder Electronics in China. Upon graduation, he plans to do derivative pricing, risk analysis, or asset valuation for a sell-side trading desk. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, movies, and classical music.
Kyle Carlston graduated with honors from Tulane University, where he earned a BS in Mathematics, and he is currently a CFA level II candidate. Prior to joining the MFE program, Kyle worked as a Junior Advisor for MFC Merchant Bank in Zurich, Switzerland, where he applied valuation techniques to mergers and acquisitions. In 2002, he founded Advantage Gaming, a consulting company specializing in the gaming industry. He applied his background in math and game theory to influence an emerging industry. Kyle joined the MFE program to learn how best to apply his quantitative skills in a financial environment. After the MFE program, he plans to use his skills to seek investment opportunities in undervalued assets. Kyle also enjoys skiing, golf, backgammon, blackjack and poker.
Christy Chang received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the National Taiwan University, an MBA from Boston University, and she recently became a CFA charterholder. After graduating with an MBA, Christy worked in a boutique venture capital firm specializing in optoelectronic industries. To gain industry experience, she moved to the United States and worked in the financial planning and treasury department of Keyspan Energy, a prominent energy company. Christy’s latest position was Manager of Risk Management at American Express. She believes that the training from Berkeley’s MFE program will complement her exposure in the finance field. After the MFE program, Christy would like to apply her corporate finance experience and MFE training to areas such as corporate hedging and asset/liability strategies. Christy enjoys eclectic foods, traveling, and outdoor sports in her leisure time.
Hugo C. Chang earned his BA from the Transportation Communication Management Science Department at Taiwan's National Cheng-Kung University. He focused on applying Operations Research concepts into solving a variety of problems, from network flow to call center planning. Hugo joined the MFE program to expand his quantitative skills, to solve empirical financial problems, and build dynamic financial models. In the long run, Hugo plans to learn crucial quantitative methods to design investment strategies and new financial products for investment banks. Hugo loves to meet new people and enjoys teamwork. In his free time, he loves playing tennis, reading, and watching his favorite baseball team, the Oakland Athletics, in action.