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The Markets Have Spoken: What Stocks Do Democrats and Republicans Actually Value?

In July 2020, a team of Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan (CFEM) students won the 9th annual International Association of Quantitative Finance (IAQF) student competition. The students were Vineel Yellapantula, Nikunj Agarwal, Harsh Puria and Subham Behera. The paper (one of 36 submissions from 20 academic programs) was selected to be one of 5 winning IAQF papers . The aim of the competition: to construct a DEM portfolio (one that would do well if Biden won the election), and a REP portfolio (one that would do well if Trump won). Julius Baer, a Swiss private bank, had constructed such... Read more

Wes Gurnee '20 ORIE

Gurnee wins INFORMS Undergraduate Research Prize

Recent ORIE graduate Wes Gurnee ’20 has won the INFORMS Undergraduate Research Prize for a joint paper, Fairmandering: A Column Generation Heuristic for Fairness-Optimized Political Redistricting , written with David Shmoys--who is the Laibe/Acheson Professor of Business Management & Leadership Studies in Cornell's School of Operations Research and Information Engineering and Department of Computer Science. The paper's abstract reads: The American winner-take-all congressional district system empowers politicians to engineer electoral outcomes by manipulating district boundaries. Existing... Read more

Jack Muckstadt

Colleagues, alumni help Jack Muckstadt celebrate his 80th birthday

While we might be unable to have large get-togethers right now, the current state of affairs didn’t stop ORIE faculty, alumni, and colleagues from helping Jack Muckstadt, the Acheson/Laibe Professor Emeritus of Business Management and Leadership, celebrate his 80th birthday Sunday, September 28 via a group Zoom meeting. After a welcome from Mark Lewis, Professor and Director of ORIE, Kathryn Caggiano, Professor of Practice and Director of ORIE’s Master of Engineering program, gave a brief history of her experiences with Jack’s career. “Jack puts people first,” Caggiano said of what she’s... Read more

Professor David Williamson received McCormick Advising Award

Professor Williamson receives Cornell Engineering advising award

Professor David Williamson has received the James M. and Marsha D. McCormick Award for Outstanding Advising of First-Year Engineering Students. The McCormick Advising Award is the highest award for advising in the college. Williamson was nominated by students in the College of Engineering and selected by a committee within the College of Engineering. Prior to founding First Manhattan Consulting Group, James M. McCormick ’69, ’70 M.Eng. worked at McKinsey and Bell Labs. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in operations research and industrial engineering. The McCormick’s son, JJ '05... Read more

Green funder -- Crowdfund sustainable projects anytime & anywhere!

ORIE alum launches crowdfunding platform for sustainably driven projects

ORIE graduate Sam Wenger '20 has launched GreenFundr, a crowdfunding platform for sustainably driven projects. Creators post their projects, supporters help fund their ventures, and the Earth sees an uptake in green innovations. "We want to fight climate change, end environmental degradation, and build a sustainable world," says Wenger. To learn more about GreenFundr, visit their website at https://www.facebook.com/GreenFundr/ . Read more

Professor López de Prado Appointed Global Head of Quantitative Research and Development

By: Roselle Bajet

Prof. López de Prado's department is tasked with applying a systematic, science-based approach to developing and implementing investment strategies. This multi-disciplinary team will draw on the latest scientific developments, in areas such as machine learning, big data and high-performance computing. Prof. López de Prado is a recognized expert in financial machine learning. His innovations have covered and connected a wide range of subjects, including overfitting prevention, signal processing, quantum computing, stochastic optimal control, robust convex optimization, and market microstructure... Read more