Check out some of our star student ambassadors from each of our programs.

Abhinav Arrabelly
MSOR

Abhinav is a graduate student at Columbia University studying Masters of Science degree in Operational Research. He is interested in pursuing a career in quantitative finance and focusing his coursework on derivatives pricing models. Prior to attending Columbia, he earned a Bachelor's degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras with a major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Operations Research. Later on, worked at Robert Bosch Engineering for two years as a Senior Software Engineer. Outside the classroom, he likes playing badminton and exploring new places. He believes his industrial experience and zeal for finance will help him achieve new heights towards his goal.

 

Suriya Arumugavelan
MS&E

Suriya is currently pursuing his masters in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, he earned his bachelors degree from National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli in India. In the past 4 years, Suriya has applied his background in marketing and product management across 7 different industries including enterprise technology, automobiles and consumer goods. From running shoes to rocket ships, Suriya finds passion in innovation. In his spare time, he loves cooking, exploring the Big Apple and meeting new people.

 

Vincent Assoun
MS&E

Vincent Assoun is currently pursuing a Masters in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia University, he graduated with a Master of Science in Corporate Strategy and Data Science, from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, and worked as Technical Product Manager at Microsoft. As part of the Operations Consulting class taught by Professor Kachani, Vincent currently works as a Part-Time Consultant for three companies: Louis Vuitton, Zoetis and Rent the Runway. During his free time, he is a Sofar Sounds ambassador and he loves playing tennis.

 

Jacob Bergquist
PhD IEOR

Jacob joined the department in Fall of 2018 after graduating with high honor from UC Berkeley with a double major in Pure Math and Operations Research & Management Science. His interests currently lie in stochastics and he is working with Professor Karl Sigman on an algorithm to perform perfect simulation of Jackson Networks.

 

Meziane Chauvin
MSOR

Meziane is a current student in the Operations Research program. Prior to joining Columbia, he received a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from the French Engineering School CentraleSupélec. His current academic interests are Data Science, including Machine Learning and Analytics. During his free time, he enjoys swimming, playing soccer and walks in New York

 

Yan Chen
PhD IEOR

Yan Chen is a second-year Ph.D. student at Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department, Columbia University, where he is working with Prof. Ward Whitt and Prof. Jing Dong. Before that, he earned a bachelor degree in Mathematics from Tongji University and a master degree in Operations Research from Columbia University. His primary research focuses on the intersection of queueing theory, optimization and applied probability, explores the extreme performance of complex queueing systems. Additionally, He is interested in designing and analyzing stochastic models for service operations. He is currently working on exploring extremal single server queues and multi-server queues given moment conditions.

 

Yilun Cheng
MSBA

Yilun Cheng is a first-year master student in Business Analytics at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, he received a Bachelor of Physics from Fudan University. Yilun has experience in the finance industry through several internships and he is now interested in data science. Currently, Yilun is taking courses in Machine Learning, Cloud Analytics and Capital Markets. During his free time, Yilun enjoys playing basketball and traveling.

 

Chandana Dayapule
MSFE

Chandana is currently pursuing MS in Financial Engineering at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, she worked for Nomura and Vodafone undertaking various roles in Finance and Data analytics. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology(IITM) with majors in Chemical Engineering and minor in Management. Chandana is a gold level candidate in the internship program conducted by Worldquant. She is passionate about learning various engineering methods and enhance her programming skills during her course at Columbia. Her intellectual alacrity towards new technologies has intrigued her to take up various challenging problems since her undergrad. She enjoys discussing about future technologies that can disrupt the current world. In her free time, she loves meeting new people, building new relations and most importantly dancing.

 

Jessie Du
MSBA

Jessie is currently pursuing her MS in Business Analytics program at Columbia. Prior to Columbia, she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Analytics and Marketing at College of William & Mary. Jessie has had internship experiences in retail, media advertising, consulting and technology industries, all in analytical capacity. She has an affinity for traveling and have lived and worked in four countries: China, USA, Australia, UK. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, going to broadway shows, and traveling.

 

Thomas Gaillard
MS&E

Before joining the MS&E program at Columbia University, Thomas graduated from the French engineering school Ecole Centrale Paris. His academic background is mostly focused on Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. Today, he is very interested in how Machine Learning techniques can be applied to businesses and help solving numerous problems. He hopes to contribute to this fascinating activity as he aspires to become a Data Scientist after graduating. Apart of that, Thomas loves meeting new people, playing sports with his friends and listening to music.

 

Jiayi He
MSFE

Jiayi He is currently pursuing M.S. in Financial Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, she received a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Finance from Peking University. In the incoming summer, she will be joining Deutsche Bank as a global markets summer analyst in the FX option team. During her leisure time, she enjoys playing the piano and exploring new restaurants.

 

Chenchen He
MSOR

Chenchen is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Operations Research at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, she received a bachelor of Economics in Finance at Central University of Finance and Economics. She is interested in Quantitative Research and Data Analytics. During her spare time, she enjoys exploring New York City and traveling.

 

Camilo Hernandez
PhD IEOR

Camilo is a third year PhD student working with Prof. Dylan Possamai. Camilo's research focuses on Optimal Stochastic Control, SDEs, BSDEs and their applications to Time Inconsistent Control problems and more broadly to Mathematical Finance and Economics. Prior to joining Columbia he attended Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia from which he holds a M.Sc. degree in Mathematics and B.Sc. degrees in both Mathematics and Economics.

 

elior illouz
MSFE

Elior joined the MS in Financial Engineering program in August 2018. Prior to attending Columbia, he studied finance and applied mathematics at Ecole Polytechnique, a French engineering school. His more recent interest focuses on Volatility Modelling and Deep Learning. This summer, Elior is going to intern at Bank of America Merrill Lynch New York in Quantitative Strategies. He previously interned in Trading and Structuring in Paris at SocGen. During his spare time, Elior loves to explore the US, go skiing and play squash.

 

Bas Jaspers
MSFE

Bas is currently a first-year M.S. Financial Engineering student at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia University, Bas completed his Bachelors degree in Econometrics & Operations Research at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Bas is interested in applying mathematical modelling and data-driven techniques to improve our understanding of financial markets. When Bas is not studying, you can find him at one of Columbia's events, running through Central Park or travelling.

 

Zehui Jin
MSBA

Zehui is currently a first year graduate student in Business Analytics, and her main focus of study lies in machine learning and deep learning. Prior to joining Columbia, she graduated from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. She gained valuable analytical skills and business acumen through her internships in consulting, fintech and real estate industries. During her free time, she enjoys watching movies, listening to music and working out.

 

Jean Kergall
MSFE

Jean Kergall is currently a master student in the MS in Financial Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia University, he attended Telecom ParisTech in Paris, France where he was double majoring in Mathematics (Probability theory and statistics) and Economics. Jean's main academic interests are in the areas of Financial modeling and Machine Learning with a focus on the applications in the finance industry. During his spare time, Jean enjoys cooking, playing soccer and meeting friends.

 

Akshay Kumar
MSBA

Akshay is currently pursuing his Master’s in Business Analytics at Columbia University. A Computer Science and Engineering graduate from VIT University, India, he worked as a Business Analyst, Project Manager and Scrum Master at S&P Global Market Intelligence for 3 years, primarily working in domains like Investment Banking, Investment Management, Public/Private Ownership, Equity Research, Takeover Defence etc. Akshay believes in leveraging the latest technologies to solve real-world challenges by providing essential intelligence that make users and organizations smarter and efficient. An aspiring polymath, he likes to read (technological advancements, geopolitical issues and their impact on the market and yes – Comics(DC/Marvel)!), travel and experience new cultures!

 

Atharva Kunte
MSOR

Atharva is currently a student of the M.S. in Operations Research program at Columbia University. He is also working as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Columbia Business School and a Student-Athlete Tutor. Prior to joining Columbia, he finished his B.E. in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai. In his spare time, Atharva likes to play Squash, read about history and science.

 

Raiesaah Kutiyanawala
MSOR

Raiesaah joined the M.S. in Operations Research program in Fall 2018. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from The Institute of Chemical Technology, India. She has a keen interest in the fields of Operations and Analytics, and is excited to build a career around her passion. In her spare time, Raiesaah enjoys baking and playing Squash.

 

Maxime Laharrague
MS&E

Maxime is a current MS student in IEOR's Management Science & Engineering program. Alongside with attending Columbia University, he will also graduate with an MS in Industrial Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris, France. Maxime worked for a year in strategy consulting in Paris and in computer science for an AI startup in Singapore. He is considering a career in data science or consulting, and devotes his free time to practicing various sports (field hockey, tennis, rugby, ski), traveling and modern art.

 

Clement Laroche
MSOR

Clement is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Operations Research at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, he attended CentraleSupelec in France and interned as a Machine Learning Engineer in a startup in Paris. He is now taking most of his classes in the Data Analytics concentration, looking for a further understanding of the theory and the applications of data science. One of his favorite things to do in NYC is running around the Central Park Reservoir. But when it is too cold outside, he simply enjoys baking cookies while listening to classical music.

 

HaoDi Liu
MSOR

HaoDi is currently pursuing a Masters in Operations Research at Columbia University. Prior to the Master's Program, he received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University and B.A. in Mathematics from Bard College. In May 2018, HaoDi finished his undergraduate study at Columbia Engineering with the honor of Magna Cum Laude and earned Applied Mathematics Faculty Award which is awarded to an outstanding graduating senior in the applied mathematics program. He calls himself an explorer because he likes to seek novelty and makes effort for what he is interested in. That is part of the reason why he plans to pursue a higher degree. In his leisure time, HaoDi likes to play basketball and explore the city.

 

Kyle Liu
MSBA

Kyle is a current MS student in the Business Analytics program. Prior to joining Columbia, he received his Bachelors degree in Economics from The University of Chicago. He is interested in the intersection of data analysis with the financial markets, having worked within quantitative research and trading roles. During his spare time, Kyle enjoys photography, board games, and basketball.

 

Srineetha Maddineni
MS&E

Srineetha is a master's student in the management science and engineering program. She graduated from the University of Waterloo in Canada where she majored in management engineering. She did 6 internships in variety of industries from venture capital to strategy and tech consulting to business analytics to project management. Srineetha loves running student clubs and events. She organised one of the biggest student tech conferences in Canada and is currently the president of the Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Consulting Club. Outside of school, she loves to travel across the globe, ride rollercoasters and swim with dolphins.

 

Prajjwal Misra
MS&E

Prajjwal is currently pursuing his MS in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to this, he completed his BS in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics at University of California Davis. For his Operations Consulting class, he is working with MyBhutan, Droice Labs and Bulgari. He is passionate about data science and machine learning. In his free time, Prajjwal is either reading a fiction novel or exploring NYC.

 

Snigdha Nagarajan
MS&E

Snigdha is a graduate student currently pursuing her Masters in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, she earned her Bachelors in Production Engineering from National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli, India. Academically inclined towards topics in operations research and optimization, she has pursued internships at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and OVGU Magdeburg, Germany. Snigdha will be joining Simon Kucher & Partners during summer 2019 as a Strategy Consultant in the Financial Services Division, New York. Outside of work, she enjoys swimming, dancing and traveling.

 

Saad Naqvi
MSBA

Saad is a MS student in Business Analytics. Prior to Columbia, he completed his undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani and worked in the fraud analytics team of a retail bank. Saad is passionate about solving business problems using analytics and technology as an enabler. At Columbia, he is working with UBS Asset Management as part of the Analytics in Practice class and he did a project with Columbia Medical Center for the Deep Learning class. For his summer internship, he will be joining McKinsey in their Risk Practice. Saad is passionate about cars and also designed and manufactured one in his undergrad. He gets very aggressive in Go-kart racing and is a Formula 1 fan who keeps watching race videos endlessly.

 

Jeet Oza
MSFE

Jeet is currently pursuing his MS in Financial Engineering at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, he was working at Goldman Sachs for 4 years as strats in the Investment Management Division. Prior to this, he completed B.Tech. and M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M). His academic interests include quantitative research and quantitative trading. During leisure time, he enjoys playing various sports including tennis, table-tennis, squash, volleyball and soccer, and watching movies.

 

Xiaosu Qi
MSBA

Xiaosu is a first-year Masters Student in Business Analytics program. Prior to attending Columbia University, she studied finance at Nanjing University in China. She has internship experience as a quantitative analyst intern in Shenwan Hongyuan Securities and a consulting intern in Accenture before joining Columbia University. As part of the Business Analytics program capstone project, Xiaosu currently works as a Part-Time Data Scientist for Beacon Data, Inc. Currently, she is taking classes in Machine Learning, Cloud Computing and Business Analytics to equip her with required skills for future career. During her free time, Xiaosu likes to run the marathon, travel and explore new things.

 

Ashwin Raja
MS&E

Ashwin is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University, focusing on strategy, operations, and analytics. Prior to Columbia, he worked at BMW in Quality Management and at startup in a Strategy role following his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, a top Indian engineering school. Outside the classroom, Ashwin enjoys running, diving into a book about behavioral economics or world history and following his favorite sports team, Liverpool FC.

 

Xavier Sallent
MSBA

Xavi is currently enrolled in the MS in Business Analytics. Previously, he had spent 3 years as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman. He worked in many geographies and industries; however, it was the world of Analytics which caught his eye. Now he's pursuing the MSBA to fulfill his career goal and become an analytics translator, closing the gap between data scientists and business people.

 

Qichen Sun
MSFE

Qichen is a first year master student in Financial Engineering program at Columbia. Prior to joining Columbia University, she earned a BA of Economics in Financial Engineering from Nanjing University. Qichen loves to apply mathematical tools in the financial field and aspires to pursue a career in quantitative finance. During his leisure time, she enjoys swimming and movies

 

Mathieu Szabo
MSFE

Mathieu is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Financial Engineering and will be interning at Morgan Stanley in the Firm Risk Management department. He graduated with a double major in economics and mathematics from Université Laval. Mathieu previously worked at the Québec Ministry of Finance, on the trading desk and in the financial modeling department. A Canadian native, he is an avid hockey fan and enjoys playing the piano. Mathieu is an enthusiastic student fascinated by the financial industry and constantly trying to challenge himself to acquire a set of skills that will allow him to succeed in risk or asset management.

 

Kevin Tan
MSOR

Kevin is currently a master student in Operations Research. Before joining Columbia University, he studied Applied Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at CentraleSupelec, an engineering school in France. His current academic interests include Quantitative Finance and Business Analytics. In his free time, Kevin enjoys strolling around town and tasting the diverse food of New York City.

 

Yan Wan
MSOR

Yan Wan is a current master student in Operations Research program. Prior to joining Columbia, she earned a bachelor's degree in Investment at Central University of Finance and Economics. She is interested in quantitative finance and data science. During her free time, she enjoys yoga, badminton and travelling.

 

Mengyao Wang
MSFE

Mengyao Wang is currently pursuing her M.S. in Financial Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, she earned a B.Econ. in Finance and a B.S. in Mathematics from Peking University. She will be working as a Quantitative Analyst at Citi this summer. During her spare time, she enjoys cooking, swimming and traveling.

 

Tianyu Wang
MSFE

Tianyu Wang is currently pursuing M.S. in Financial Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to this graduate program, he earned a B.A. in Mathematics-Statistics at Columbia and a B.S. in Computing Mathematics at City University of Hong Kong. His academic interests include financial modeling and statistical analysis. During his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, playing the piano, and traveling.

 

Shatian Wang
PhD IEOR

Shatian is a second-year doctoral student in the IEOR department. Her research interests include discrete optimization, online learning, and social networks applications. She received her BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Carleton College, MN, in 2017. She enjoys reading and playing music during her spare time.

 

Ruohan Wu
MSFE

Ruohan is currently pursuing a Master of Science in financial engineering at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, she received her bachelor's degree in financial mathematics at the University of Michigan. She will pursue a career in quantitative finance after her graduation. Outside the classroom, Ruohan is a flute player and a volunteer at a local Chinese elderly community. She loves exploring NYC, cooking, and trying out new things.

 

Nan Xiang
MSBA

Nan is a first year student in the Master of Science in Business Analytics Program. She graduated from Peking University, where she majored in Finance. She enjoys learning to code and applying analytics techniques to real-world problems. She loves to cook and watching musicals.

 

chi zhang
MSBA

Chi Zhang is a MS student in Business Analytics at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, he received a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering & Construction Management from Tsinghua University in China. He will be working as a credit analyst at American Express this summer.

 

Xuan Zhang
PhD IEOR

Xuan joined the IEOR department in 2016. She completed her bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Cornell University in 2014. She is currently working with the guidance of Prof. Yuri Faenza on discrete optimization.

 

Xinyu Zhang
PhD IEOR

Xinyu Zhang is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Columbia University, advised by Henry Lam. His research interests lie in stochastic and robust optimization and extreme event analysis. He has had internship as a Quantitative Researcher in equity division at Morgan Stanley. He obtained his bachelor's degree in the University of Michigan in 2016, majoring in physics and applied mathematics.