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

Soundarya Balasubramani
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Soundarya is currently pursuing her MS in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to this, she completed her undergraduation at National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NIT-T) majoring in Chemical Engineering. She has had internships at Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), University of Wisconsin-Madison USA on topics surrounding operations research, optimization models and renewable energy. During her free time, she enjoys playing badminton, writing in her blog (www.poojabalasubramani.wordpress.com) and reading fiction novels.

 

Marie Benoit de Coignac
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Marie is a current student in the Management Science & Engineering masteraEU(tm)s program. Before joining Columbia University, she worked as Business Analyst and Project Manager for the Global Operations division of HP in Houston, Texas. Marie also holds a Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from the French Engineering School Ecole des Ponts et ChaussA(c)es. As all students enrolled in the MS in Management Science & Engineering program, she is part of junior consulting team helping 3 different clients evaluating and implementing strategic initiatives. Marie is also part of the Board of the Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Consulting club which promotes different events as guest speaker sessions or interview practice sessions. In her spare time, Marie enjoys running in Central Park, cooking, singing and playing piano!

 

Haorong Chen
MS in Financial Engineering

Haorong Chen is a MS student in Financial Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, he received a Bachelor of Mathematics in Mathematical Finance from University of Waterloo in Canada. He will be working as a Quantitative Analyst at Citi this summer. Outside of classroom, Haorong enjoys playing basketball and skiing.

 

Yuhang Chen
MS in Financial Engineering

Yuhang is a first year master student in Financial Engineering program at Columbia. Prior to joining Columbia University, he earned a BS in Applied Mathematics and a BA in Economics from Peking University. Yuhang loves to apply mathematical tools in the financial field and aspires to pursue a career in quantitative finance. During his leisure time, he enjoys table tennis and movies.

 

Alexandre de Mesmay
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Alexandre is a first-year Masters Student in Management Science & Engineering. Prior to attending Columbia University, he studied electrical engineering and maths at CentraleSupelec in France. As part of the Operations Consulting class taught by Professor Kachani, Alexandre currently works as a Part-Time Consultant for four companies: FreshDirect, Freewheel (Comcast company), Hoteleap (startup) and Louis Vuitton. His current academic interests include Optimization, Business Analytics, Dynamic Pricing and Corporate Finance. After graduating, he is seeking a position in a consulting firm. Outside the classroom, Alexandre enjoys sports - soccer, tennis and swimming.

 

Patricia Dewi
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Patricia Dewi is a current Management Science and Engineering (MS in Management Science & Engineering) graduate student in the IEOR Department. Before enrolling in Columbia University, she graduated from University of California, San Diego (UCSD), with a Chemistry major and Business (Entrepreneurship) minor, as well as worked full-time as a Process Development Chemist at Hologic for two years. For her Operations Consulting class, she is currently working with Louis Vuitton, Zoetis and God's Love We Deliver. For fun, she loves to travel, play sports, dance and explore new experiences.

 

Chintan Doshi
MS in Financial Engineering

Chintan is currently pursuing a masters in Financial Engineering. This summer he will be joining Securities division at Goldman Sachs as an equity desk strats intern. Prior to joining Columbia, Chintan worked as a Software Developer with Arcesium(D E Shaw group). He is a computer science undergraduate. Chintan's academic interests include Game theory and Machine learning. Chintan loves watching, analyzing and playing a wide variety of sports including soccer, basketball, football, and cricket. He enjoys hiking, traveling and exploring New York City.

 

Aion Feehan
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Aion is pursuing a Masters in Management Science and Engineering, after attending the Ecole Centrale Paris in France. He is enthusiastic about most math problems he comes across, and is currently very interested in the theory behind Machine Learning. When he's not doing Math he enjoys listening to music and working out, ideally at the same time.

 

Ziran Gao
MS in Financial Engineering

Ziran is currently a first year graduate student in Financial Engineering. Prior to joining Columbia, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Summa Cum Laude. Ziran is passionate about quantitative risk evaluation and risk management.

 

Nicolas Gianoli
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Nicolas Gianoli 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 Applied Mathematics for Data Science, from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, and worked as a Data Scientist at L'OrA(c)al Research & Innovation. During his spare time, he enjoys cooking, swimming and travelling.

 

Kristin Hartmann
MS in Industrial Engineering

Kristin Hartmann is a master student in Industrial Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, she worked as a product manager at Creditinfo, an international credit information company, where she managed software development for 2.5 years. She completed a BS degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Iceland in 2013 but in pursuit of this degree she gradually acquired an interest in software development. She therefore decided to seek deeper understanding in programming and completed a second undergraduate degree in Software Engineering in 2015 at the same university. If you don't see Kristin at the NWC library, then she's probably either running in Central Park or at a Columbia student mixer.

 

Sheila Hu
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Sheila is currently pursuing a MS degree in the Management Science and Engineering program, and her main focus of study lies in machine learning and data analytics. Previously she graduated from University of California, Los Angeles and worked full-time in the IT risk field where she gained valuable analytical skills and business acumen. She also has analysis experience in various industries such as financial services, mass media, sports, telecommunication and education. During her spare time, she loves playing music and exploring new restaurants.

 

Chenchen Huang
MS in Operations Research

Chenchen is current a student in the Master of Science in Operations Research program at Columbia. Before joining Columbia, she earned a bacheloraEU(tm)s degree in Finance and Mathematics from China Agricultural University and spent an exchange semester in University of Maryland - College Park. She is interested in Quantitative Research and Analysis. Outside the classroom, she enjoys taking photographs, traveling and running.

 

Lara Jalwan
MS in Operations Research

Lara Jalwan is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Operations Research at Columbia University. She graduated, in 2016, as a civil and environmental engineer, with a minor in engineering management from the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining Columbia, she interned in different industries, where she discovered her passion for analytics. Fun facts: In parallel with her undergraduate studies, Lara was a paramedic volunteer in the Lebanese Red Cross where she undertook medical emergencies throughout Beirut.

 

Yi Jiang
MS in Operations Research

Yi Jiang is a master student in the Operations Research program at Columbia University. Prior to attending Columbia, Yi received his bachelor degrees of English and Economic Statistics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Currently, Yi is taking classes in Data Mining, and Advanced Corporate Finance to prepare himself for his career. On his spare time, Yi likes to do outdoor activities like hiking and biking.

 

Xiaojin Jin
MS in Financial Engineering

Xiaojin Jin is currently pursuing M.S. in Financial Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, he received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He current works as a Global Markets Off Cycle Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. This summer, he will be joining Citigroup for a summer internship in Quantitative Analysis. During his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, playing Texas Hold'em and investing.

 

Ziyao Jin
MS in Operations Research

Ziyao Jin is a current master student in Operations Research program. Prior to joining Columbia, she earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematical Economics at Central University of Finance and Economics. She is interested in quantitative finance and data analytics. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and travelling.

 

Deepti Kalikivaya
MS in Financial Engineering

Deepti Kalikivaya is currently pursuing Master of Science in Financial Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, she worked as a Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs in India. Her academic interests include optimization and factor investing. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, hiking and travelling. She also likes helping start-ups with their fund raising initiatives.

 

Nisarg Rajesh Kamdar
MS in Financial Engineering

Nisarg is currently pursuing a MS in Financial Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, he was an Associate on IndiaaEU(tm)s largest exotic options trading desk at Edelweiss Securities. He is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and has cleared all three levels of the CFA certification. He has a bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai. Beyond the markets, Nisarg enjoys tennis, hiking and keeping abreast of geopolitical issues.

 

Nikolaos Kyriakopoulos
MS in Operations Research

Nikolaos is a candidate in MS in Operations Research, focusing on finance and data analytics. Prior to joining Columbia, he received a BS in Management Science & Technology from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He has experience in the finance industry through several internships and he is the current President of the Columbia Financial Engineering Club (CFEC). During his free time, he loves to watch and play basketball.

 

Jia Yin Liang
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Jia Liang is a current student in the MS in Management Science and Engineering Program at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, she studied chemical engineering at the University of Alberta in Canada. As part of the MS in Management Science & Engineering Operations Consulting class, Jia is leading a team of 8 students to develop a 3-year strategic plan to improve the valuation of BTQ Financial as well initiate a re-branding of the company. Passionate about the energy sector, Jia is also working part-time as a Women In Energy program assistant at the Center on Global Energy Policy. Outside of the classroom, Jia enjoys travelling and snowboarding.

 

Ivan Lin
MS in Operations Research

Ivan is a student in the Master of Science in Operations Research program at Columbia. Before joining Columbia, he earned a bachelor 's degree in economics and a bachelor's degree in computer science(minor) from Wuhan University. Ivan is interested in financial engineering and quantitative methods applied to finance. In his spare time, he likes to play guitar and play table tennis.

 

Xifan Lu
MS in Financial Engineering

Xifan is currently a Master Student in Financial Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to attending Columbia, he received his Bachelor's degree at Nanjing University, majored in Financial Engineering. Xifan's academic interests lie in Machine Learning and Volatility Modeling and he aspires to pursue a career in quantitative trading. During spare time, he loves playing Texas Hold 'em.

 

Yuyang Lyu
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Yuyang Lyu is currently a master student in the department of IEOR. Before coming to Columbia, she received her B.Eng. degree from Zhejiang University in 2017, majoring in Computer Science. She is interested in consulting and has various internships as an consultant in her undergraduate years. In MS in Management Science & Engineering Operations Consulting class, she works as an strategy and operations consultant and data analyst intern for three companies, including Rent the Runway. Outside of class, Yuyang enjoys music, Yoga and Volleyball.

 

Veronica Miranda
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Veronica is a is a master student in the Management Science and Engineering program at Columbia University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, where she majored in Civil Engineering. She worked for a year in Earthquake Engineering and for other three years in LATAM Airlines, major airline in Latin America. She is particularly interested in logistics and supply chain and its impact on business. Outside the classroom, she enjoys running and travelling.

 

Thibaud Monmirel
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Thibaud is currently pursuing a MS in Management Science & Engineering at Columbia and will graduate in December 2018. Prior to joining Columbia, he graduated from the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, a top French engineering school. He previously interned at Allianz and as a Private Equity analyst at IK Investment Partners, in Paris.

 

Kaashyap Thiyagaraj Muraliedharan
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Kaashyap is a Masters student in the Management Science and Engineering Program. He received his BacheloraEU(tm)s degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in Mechanical Engineering. As part of the MS in Management Science & Engineering program, he is currently working as a part-time consultant for three companies, Criteo, Rent the Runway and Droice Labs. The first project involves building forecasting models of potential clients for AdTech services. The second project involves building an online recommendation system using click-stream data for an online retail store. HeaEU(tm)s passionate about leveraging data and quantitative models to help take critical business decisions. His current academic interests include Machine Learning, Optimization, Business Analytics and Innovation Management. Outside the classroom, Kaashyap enjoys photography, likes to read and travel.

 

Yu Pang
MS in Operations Research

Alice Yu Pang is an MS student in the Operations Research program at Columbia University. She is also obtaining her master in Management from Tsinghua University, China. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of International Business and Economics, China, where she majored in Investment. Alice is particularly interested in quantitative finance and statistical modeling. She hopes to develop her career by combining the knowledge of finance, management and data analytics. In her spare time, Alice enjoys reading and exploring the city.

 

Evangelos Protopapadakis
MS in Operations Research

Evangelos joined the MS in Operations Research Program in September 2017. Prior to joining Columbia, he attented Baruch College pre-Masters in Financial Engineering program. Evangelos has also received a BS/MEng in Civil & Structural Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is an avid skier and water polo player.

 

Thomas Pruvost
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Thomas Pruvost is a master student in the Management Science and Engineering program at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, Thomas studied at the Ecole des Ponts in France, majoring in Finance. As part of the MS in Management Science & Engineering Operations Consulting class, Thomas is working in a team of 8 students in three consulting projects. One on developing the Credit Assessment Scorecards for S&P Global, one on helping the start-up AccomodAI to set their business plan and launch their platform, and the last one on developing a new utility platform to help NY citizen getting the best for their energy provider. Outside classroom, Thomas is passionate about golf and modern art.

 

Pedro Silva
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Pedro Silva is a current student in the Management Science & Engineering MasteraEU(tm)s program. He graduated from an Industrial Engineering bacheloraEU(tm)s program at Universidad del Desarrollo in ConcepciA3n, Chile. Prior to joining Columbia University, Pedro worked for three years as business intelligence analyst in agricultural commodities in a Chilean firm dedicated to trading and logistics. As part of the Operations Consulting class, Pedro and his team are working with aEUoeZoetis PharmaceuticalaEU, aEUoeLouis VuittonaEU and aEUoeGodaEU(tm)s Love We DeliveraEU in projects related with forecasting models, replenishment control algorithms, business analytics for decision making and supply chain optimization. On his spare time, he enjoys playing video games and guitar.

 

Titouan Simon
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Titouan is a MasteraEU(tm)s student in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, Titouan studied Finance and Economics at Ecole des Ponts in France and interned for a year in Mergers and Acquisitions at BNP Paribas and in Private Equity at Bridgepoint. As part of his training at Columbia, Titouan is involved in three consulting projects for New York based clients that range from a nascent startup company to a major rating agency. During his free time, Titouan likes cooking and playing tennis.

 

Varun Surapaneni
MS in Operations Research

Varun is a first-year Masters Student in Operations Research, focusing on financial and managerial applications. Prior to joining Columbia, he earned a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Looking for a cross between Math and Finance, Varun aspires to pursue a career in Quantitative Finance. Currently, he is taking classes in Financial Engineering, Model Based Trading, Time Series and Machine Learning to equip him with required skills for his career. During his free time, Varun likes to go to the movies, play squash and walk in the Central Park.

 

Florian Timini
MS in Financial Engineering

Florian joined the MS in Financial Engineering program in August 2017. Prior to attending Columbia, he studied statistics and applied mathematics at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, a French engineering school. He is particularly interested in statistical modeling, macroeconomics and quantitative finance. This summer, Florian is going to intern at Goldman Sachs New York in Strats. He previously interned in Sales in London at La FranASSaise Global Investment Solutions managing multi-asset alternative funds. During his spare time, Florian loves to explore NYC with friends and enjoys all kind of sports.

 

Laura Tinsi
MS in Financial Engineering

Laura joined the MS in Financial Engineering program in August 2017. Prior to joining Columbia, she studied statistics and applied mathematics at ENSAE ParisTech, a French engineering school. She also holds a bachelor degree in applied mathematics from Paris Dauphine University. She interned as a Data Scientist in the French Start up Budget Insight and gained an experience in energy markets during her internship at EDF (ElectricitA(c) de France). On her spare time Laura enjoys spending time with her friends, travelling and doing outdoor activities like hiking and running.

 

Lucie Xu
MS in Management Science & Engineering

Lucie is an MS student in the Management Science and Engineering program at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, she studied in France at Telecom ParisTech, majoring in Computer Science. She also took a gap year to intern at Ekimetrics, a consulting firm specialized in Data Analytics. She currently works as Part-Time Consultant for S&P Capital IQ, Louis Vuitton, R/GA and Roseto as part of the the Operations Consulting class. Lucie is passionate about Data Science, building models and capturing insights from those. Outside the classroom, Lucie keeps practicing ballet.

 

Dawei Zhang
MS in Financial Engineering

Dawei joined our M.S. in Financial Engineering program in 2017, after obtaining a B.S. degree in statistics and a B.B.A. degree in financial management from Sun Yat-sen University in China. Dawei has a broad academic interest in many topics. His undergraduate research was to analyze how high-frequency trading impacts market quality. Motivated by the internship experience with Shenzhen Stock Exchange, his more recent interest focuses on behavioral finance and risk contagion through financial networks. In the coming summer, he will be joining Morgan Stanley as a quantitative finance summer analyst in the emerging markets credit team.

 

Laury Zhou
MS in Financial Engineering

Laury started the MS in Financial Engineering Program in August 2017. She is also obtaining her Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Ecole des Ponts et ChaussA(c)es in France. During the summer 2016, Laury interned at BNP Paribas Cardif, in their Modelling team, and built a tool for derivativesaEU(tm) pricing. She is interested in working in the Quantitative Research field. During her free time, Laury loves to stroll in Central Park, explore the city, play the piano and chill in a good brunch place.

 

Xingyi Zhu
MS in Operations Research

Xingyi Zhu joined the master's program in Operations Research at Columbia University in 2017. Before this, she got a bacheloraEU(tm)s degree of Economics in Nanjing University and a masteraEU(tm)s degree of Quantitative Economics in Renmin University of China. Xingyi is very diligent and is passionate about Quantitative Finance and Data Analytics. She enjoys combining the skills of maths, finance and programming to solve practical problems. During her free time, she likes hiking, cooking and watching movies.