MEng Concentration: Financial Engineering
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2015
Areas of Interest: Asset Management, Investment Research, Risk Management
Yanan Zhang holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Shandong University, and an M.S. in Economics from Peking University, where she was rigorously trained in mathematics, statistics and finance. In the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (2009), she led her team working on a paper on flow-control models for traffic circles, and was designated the Meritorious Winner.
Yanan has a great passion for investment research and portfolio analytics. This summer, she interned at Treasury Investments Division of Citigroup, where she analyzed the performance and risk profile of MBS portfolio and performed return attribution analysis. She also helped automate mortgage prepayment reports, which greatly enhanced working efficiency. Before joining Cornell, she worked at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) from 2013 to 2014, where her main responsibilities included portfolio management and investment advisory for high-net-worth clients. Yanan also had research experience in top-tier investment banks in China, such as China International Capital Corporation (CICC), where she conducted in-depth market and industry research on the European wind power market to evaluate the expansion strategy of a power company.
Yanan has successfully passed CFA Level III and FRM Part II exams. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in asset management, investment research, or risk management.