MEng Concentration: Financial Engineering
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2016
Areas of Interest: Quantitative Research, Quantitative Trading
Peicong Zhou received his Bachelor degree of Mathematics and Economics from Tsinghua University. He graduated with the highest distinction and received multiple scholarships.
His interest in quantitative finance began when he was taking the principal of Financial Engineering course at Tsinghua University. After this course, he finished one research paper about the interest rate modeling with the professor. These experiences made him realize the great value that programming and modeling can add to the business in the financial industry.
With his great interest in quantitative finance area, he decided to receive further studies from the Master of Financial Engineering program at Cornell University. Additionally, he actively participated in different finance competitions such as Chicago Quantitative Alliance (CQA) Investment Challenge and International Academic Quantitative Finance Competition. Also, he gained great exposure to different finance products through internship experiences.
Peicong’s exceptional analytical, quantitative, research and teamwork skills make him a great fit for quantitative finance area. By taking several advanced math, finance and programming courses, he has developed a strong knowledge of quantitative analysis. And from his experience as a project leader of yield curve trading strategy, he applied and further enhanced his analytical and quantitative skills by creating trading strategies to establish a price neutral Treasury futures portfolio, making hypothesis about yield curve slope changes, and testing and verifying the performance of the strategy. Furthermore, he has obtained very strong teamwork skills from his experience at Chicago Quantitative Trading Competition. In this role, he cooperated with several seniors with business backgrounds to perform quantitative and fundamental analysis. He improved his leadership, teamwork and communication abilities through these finance projects, competitions and internships.