Alim Borisovich Alchagirov was born in Nalchik, the capital of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic in Russia. He went to Kabardino-Balkar State University for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in Physics. Alim came to the U.S. in 1996 where he settled in New Orleans. He got his Ph.D. in Physics from Tulane University in 2002. He then worked as a research assistant at the Surface Science Lab as an IT Analyst at the Department of Ophthalmology of the Louisiana State University. Before he joined the MFE program, Alim worked as a visiting professor in the Department of Physics of Tulane University. He considers the MFE program at Berkeley to be a perfect bridge between the realms of academia and finance. His hobbies include soccer and outdoor activities, especially hiking, picnicking and fishing.
Ryan Belgram graduated with a BS in electrical engineering and a minor in management from the University of California, Irvine. He then developed process solutions for customer applications in the VLSI semiconductor industry, more specifically in ultrasonic wedge bonding, where he claimed nearly three years experience. The use of statistical methods, design of experiments, ANOVA procedure development, reliability engineering, and EDX analysis are commonplace in Ryan's portfolio of experience. He served Orthodyne Electronics with quantitative analysis and interpretation of data, and presentations that impacted the strategic development of new market sectors for his company. Upon graduation, Ryan would like to pursue a career in investment banking in the foreign exchange or equities derivative markets. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and tennis, snowboarding, traveling, and watching Cal football.
Delphine Bouyssarie gained entrance to the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC, Paris), a top tier engineering school in France (Grande Ecole), after studying mathematics, physics and chemistry in the "classe préparatoire," a two-year intensive program. At ENPC, she majored in applied mathematics with a specialization in financial mathematics. She also interned in London for one year at Invesco, an asset management firm, within the Risk Management and Performance Analysis team. There, she was involved in the risk monitoring of all the Invesco funds worldwide. Prior to joining the MFE program, she completed her studies at ENPC while working part-time as a quantitative analyst in a hedge fund specializing in currency markets in Paris. She looks forward to applying the quantitative finance tools and skills acquired in the MFE program in an investment bank or an asset management company. During her free time, Delphine enjoys playing tennis and dancing salsa.
Jay Cahill's experience is in private equity, investment banking and financial technology development. Prior to joining the MFE Program, Jay focused on sourcing and executing new investments as an Associate at TA Associates, a private equity firm with a broad portfolio of investments and a particular focus in asset management and financial technology. He has also worked as an investment banker at UBS and a software developer at Eze Castle Software, a leading provider of trade order management systems. Jay was a Presidential Scholar as an undergraduate at Boston College; he researched methods of biological time series analysis at the Clote Computational Molecular Biology Lab and graduated with high honors in Computer Science. Jay grew up in New Orleans and has been involved in fundraising and technical advisory work to support their Police Department. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, scuba diving and reading.
Ambuj Chaudhary received his BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. During his undergraduate years, he completed research projects on Watermarking of Images, application of Soft Computing techniques in Electrical Systems, and Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems. Upon graduation, he worked as a software developer on turnkey projects for leading financial service firms. Most recently, he was a Senior Applications Engineer in the Enterprise Integration team at Oracle Corporation. His deep interest in Capital Markets motivated him to pursue the MFE program at Berkeley. He is also working towards earning the CFA charter and is a Level 2 candidate. Upon graduation, Ambuj wants to pursue a career at a hedge fund or an investment bank. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor sports, reading, sketching and traveling.
Kam Ching (Kasey) Chen graduated with first class honors from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering and a Minor in Business (Entrepreneurship). During his undergraduate years, he participated in a 12 month exchange program where he worked as an engineering intern in a semiconductor company while taking business courses for his minor in Stanford University. At the same time, he founded NUSEA Consulting, a student business consulting service for startups. In his internship, he applied quantitative analysis and made extensive use of simulations in the design of analog circuits for field effect transistors. In addition, he has also interned in at Proctor & Gamble for 3 months where he acquired experience in market research and business strategy while contributing to the regional business direction of a global brand. He plans to apply the knowledge and skills from the MFE program to the development of quantitative trading strategies or in structured products. His hobbies include traveling, photography, drawing portraiture and swimming.
Peng Cheng graduated in 2006 from Simon Fraser University in Canada, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. In his three years of undergraduate career, Peng completed double concentrations in Finance and Accounting, as well as a minor in mathematics. Peng effectively applied his knowledge in finance and accounting in various areas, including an 8-month international tax internship at a multinational corporation. As an undergrad, Peng also played an important role in a project in which he created an equity valuation model for an $8 million investment fund. In addition, he is a CFA Level II Candidate. Peng was attracted to the MFE program because of his keen interest in quantitative finance. Upon completion of the program, he hopes to apply his knowledge to enter fields of fixed income research or portfolio management. Peng enjoys soccer, hiking and listening to jazz and hip hop.
Olivier Chevassut moved to the United States from France in 1998 to join the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a graduate student while earning a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences (minor: cryptography) from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. His cryptographic work has taken him to three continents in countries as diverse as Belgium, S. Korea, Australia, New-Zealand, Mexico, Tunisia and others. At the Berkeley Lab, Olivier led and participated in leading-edge developments of security technologies. Olivier joined the MFE because he is interested in financial engineering modeling. He is open to working in ANY location in the world.
Andrew Cowan CFA, graduated with honors from McGill University where he earned a Master of Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining the MFE program, Andrew worked as a business analyst and statistician at Capital One, building risk models, automating valuations, and teaching cutting-edge analytics. Most recently, as Manager of Statistical Analysis, he worked on overhauling the valuation methodology for the $3 billion Canadian credit card portfolio. Andrew enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing, and karate.