In Focus: MFE Alumni Interview
For this issue of the newsletter we asked Mr. Jiaming Chen, a graduate of NUS Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MFE) Program, some questions relating to his experience with the NUS MFE, career advice in financial services industry, and more.
Mr. Chen is a finance professional with eight years of working experience in Market Risk. Currently he is the regional risk manager at DRW Singapore Pte Ltd, a proprietary trading firm that trades financial instruments in the U.S. and internationally, including fixed income, energy, agricultural and equity index futures and options. Previously, he has worked as a regional risk and middle office manager for another proprietary trading group and an analyst at a global commodities house and a global investment bank.
Why did you choose the RMI’s MFE program? And what was the best part about the course?
As I had graduated previously with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, Economics and Actuarial Science, a course that was quantitative and related to finance was a natural choice. After attending a couple of presentations from RMI and speaking to some of the lecturers there, I chose RMI's MFE program for its reputation, teaching quality, and broad, yet practical curriculum. This combined the best of both worlds - hearing from active practitioners and having the right amount of theoretical depth to understand concepts. The best part about the course was the collective learning experience from my peers - while the lectures were very comprehensive themselves and the homework sets challenging, the after-class discussions were perhaps the liveliest and has led to many friendships over the years.
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