Ksenia (Trikoz) Verdiyan

Ksenia (Trikoz) Verdiyan

Operations Research and Information Engineering
Financial Engineering


MEng Concentration: Financial Engineering
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2014
Areas of Interest: Investment Management or Hedge Fund

Ksenia Trikoz joined the Financial Engineering program at Cornell University in the fall of 2013. She has two years of experience working with financial data and quantitative models in investment management. In her role as a business analyst at MIT Investment Management Ksenia helped integrate various asset allocation frameworks and liquidity models. At Cornell she focused her coursework on asset management as well. Together with two Ph.D. students, Ksenia constructed techniques for calculating and predicting the illiquidity premium of different asset classes. That work resulted in a paper that is designed to help endowment funds to improve their investment strategies in illiquid assets. For her master’s degree project, Ksenia will be working with Cornell Investments Office to develop asset allocation techniques for the university endowment fund.

Ksenia has focused her earlier career on getting a broad education in financial markets. She started off as an operations analyst in sales middle office at Goldman Sachs and interned in algorithmic trading at Banc of America Securities. This past summer, Ksenia worked as a summer associate at Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services. Ksenia received a B.S. in industrial engineering with two minors, computer science and mathematics, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2010. Ksenia is bilingual in English and Russian and is also working towards achieving fluency in French. She is an avid reader, enjoys hiking, rock climbing and photography.

Upon graduating from the Financial Engineering program, Ksenia would like to join an asset management as a quantitative analyst.