Industry Perspective In-Residence

The Industry Perspective In-Residence (IPR) program supplements the strong student support provided by the Career Development office (CDO) by providing access to industry expertise, coaching and advising.

Through the IPR program, students connect with industry experts during office hours, small group sessions, and workshops for advice on technical interviewing, career goals, and trends within the quant finance industry.  Meet our IPRs below!  

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an IPR, contact the Career Development Office.

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Anand Krishnakumar

Senior Quant on the Systematic Strategies team in Investment Management
William Blair & Company

Anand Krishnakumar is a Senior Quant on the Systematic Strategies team in Investment Management at William Blair & Company, in Chicago.  He develops algorithms and platforms for quantitative portfolio management, analytics and research.  He joined William Blair in 2015 as a Director of Technology in the IT organization managing research and marketing platforms before moving to the business side for Systematic Strategies.  Prior to joining the firm, Anand worked at Morningstar, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley as a Vice President and IT manager in asset management, responsible for a number of proprietary applications and platforms.  He is a CFA charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.  He graduated from the FinMath program in 2016 and also holds an MS in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a B.E. in Electronics & Instrumentation from BITS in Pilani, India.

Arlene Tang

Arlene Tang

Quantitative Researcher
Magnetar Capital

Arlene Tang is a Quantitative Researcher in the office of the COO at Magnetar Capital. She primarily focuses on the optimal asset allocation within the flagship Alternative Credit & Fixed Income business at Magnetar. Her day-to-day typically involves performing quantitative due diligence covering all asset classes across the entire portfolio through the analysis of historical data and modeling returns to maturity in an effort to optimize Magnetar’s risk/reward profiles. Previously, Arlene worked in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities group at Barclays Investment Bank in New York for three years and interned on the FX Automated Trading Strategies desk at JP Morgan. She graduated from the FinMath program in 2017 and also received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


Previous IPRs

Kyle Korol

Kyle Korol

Associate Director, FIX and Algo Implementations
SS&C EZE

Kyle Korol is the Associate Director, FIX and Algo Implementations at SS&C EZE, where he has worked since 2008. In this role, he manages the FIX and Algo Implementation team and implements Algo suites for sell-side partners across OMS and EMS platforms.  He configures Direct FIX routing for low latency trading and oversees implementation of changes for trading components following market data updates.  Kyle also worked as a Trader for League Trading in Chicago. He graduated from the FinMath program in 2012 and also holds a BS in Business Economics and Finance from Southern Illinois University.

Alex Dill

Alex Dill

Instructor at the Financial Mathematics Program
The University of Chicago

Alex Dill has worked in the finance industry since 1986. Currently he is an Instructor in the Financial Mathematics Program and Lecturer in Law at the UCLA School of Law. His book, Bank Regulation, Risk Management, and Compliance, will be published in fall 2019. Alex spent most of his career in finance at Moody’s Investors Service. Most recently he was Head of Global Covenant Research, which publishes reports on legal protections in leveraged finance transactions. He was Senior Credit Officer in Moody’s Structured Finance Group, where he rated a wide variety of traditional and esoteric asset classes and bank-supported liquidity structures, and Global Ratings Compliance Officer for Structured Finance. Prior to Moody’s, he was a Branch Chief in Trading Practices at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. He began his law career in New York, specializing in secured lending, bankruptcy issues, and bank regulatory matters. Alex holds an AB from Harvard University, an MA from Columbia University, and a JD from Emory University School of Law, where he was Executive Articles Editor of the Emory Law Journal.

Hongcen Wei

Hongcen Wei

Ph.D candidate in Economics
The University of Chicago

Hongcen Wei is a Ph.D. candidate in economics in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. His research interest is in the intersection of macroeconomics, finance, and labor, especially the macroeconomic and social effects of financial markets and institutions. One of his projects "The Effects of Financial Deregulation on Wage Inequality" studies the effects of interstate banking deregulation on wage inequality and how this within-finance shock transmits into the labor market, empirically and theoretically. Hongcen is an alumnus of the MSFM program and has been teaching for the program since his graduation.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an IPR, contact the Career Development Office.