Dianfei (Michael) Li

Dianfei (Michael) Li

Operations Research and Information Engineering
Financial Engineering


Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2017

Education (previous degree): University of Michigan; Bachelor of Science, Double major in Mathematics and Economics


  • Macro Analytics for Professionals (MAP): Summer Data Science Intern in database construction and machine learning strategy development (Summer 2017)
  • Academic Project: Application of Extreme Value Theory in Portfolio Optimization (Spring 2017)
  • University of Michigan: Financial Research Assistant in Statistical Modeling and Data Analytics (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
  • BJX Investment: Summer Intern in small business investment and business operations analysis (Summer 2014)
  • Leadership: Team Leader for undergraduate research project “Effect of Financial Aid on College Attendance” (Spring 2014)
  • China Development Bank: Research Intern in Macroeconomic research (Summer 2013)

Hobbies: Digital music composition, playing the piano, swimming

Why do you want to pursue a career in finance?

As a creative problem solver, I am most productive in a workplace where I can proactively combine my knowledge of finance, work experience in data analytics, and technical skillset to deliver solutions.

What makes you unique?

For the last six years, I have taught myself music composition and production. Music production is a perfect engineering practice for me, as it involves decomposing big projects into basic elements, analyzing how different building blocks synergize with each other, and generating an output with creativity and discipline.