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Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan (CFEM)

Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan fosters close working relationships between Cornell University's School of Operations Research and Information Engineering and the financial services industry by building on the highly successful financial engineering program on the Ithaca campus.

CFEM academic programs complement the theoretical education of our Master of Engineering students in Financial Engineering by providing practical understanding of the financial markets through its professional development programs and third semester curriculum. All Master in Financial Engineering students spend their third semester at CFEM. Practitioners are actively involved in the classroom as course instructors, project sponsors, and guest lecturers. CFEM elective courses vary from year to year to accommodate the changing demands of the financial industry and to ensure that our students acquire the necessary knowledge and learn directly from professionals.

CFEM relies on our distinguished Advisory Council to ensure that our programs and activities benefit financial firms, master-level students, and faculty.

Financial firms can use CFEM initiatives and academic programs to gain access to top-level academic talent and research and to stay abreast of innovative, cutting edge financial theory, modeling, analysis, and computational tools. Our alumni working in finance find CFEM activities especially rewarding, as they now have many more opportunities to interact with our students and faculty and network with other alumni. Many of our Financial Engineering project sponsors come back year after year because of the benefit students' work provides to their companies.

Our corporate partnership program offers many opportunities for financial companies to get involved with CFEM, our faculty, and students.

Cornell FE Manhattan benefits from the research of our faculty and Ph.D. students by facilitating dialogue and collaboration with financial services institutions. CFEM strives to maintain a balance between the deep mathematics of state-of-the-art theory and the increasingly complex practical needs of the financial services industry.

Our Bridge to Cornell seminars offer seminars led by academics and practitioners focused on algorithmic trading and high frequency research and offered monthly during the academic year. CFEM’s state-of-the-art broadcasting system allows for interactive seminars and lectures to Ithaca campus, further enhancing FE students’ and faculty’s interaction with financial professionals.

To further strengthen ties with Wall Street, ORIE turned to Dr. Victoria Averbukh (ORIE, Ph.D. ’97), who spent 10 years on Wall Street, to run CFEM. Dr. Averbukh plans to build up the CFEM as a liaison between Wall Street and ORIE. “We are bringing Wall Street into our classroom to maintain Cornell FE’s top tier status”, Averbukh says.

For further information please contact:

Victoria Averbukh

Judy Francis