Robert Ivanov

Operations Research and Information Engineering
Financial Engineering


MEng Concentration: Financial Engineering
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2014
Areas of Interest: Investment Banking, Risk Management, and Trading

Robert received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a minor in mathematical sciences from Clemson University. He graduated with Calhoun College Honors, completing the requirements for both General Honors and Departmental Honors. He wrote his undergraduate honors thesis on algorithmic portfolio optimization. Robert designed a new technique for optimizing portfolios by inventing a new approach to measuring an asset’s risk. He created a computer program that would find an optimal portfolio based on this new technique.

In the summer prior to his last semester in Cornell’s Financial Engineering program, Robert interned at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he worked on various deals involving the securitization of assets for bank clients and other financial institutions. He also worked on the issuance of insurance-linked securities such as catastrophe bonds and the creation of various insurance sidecars and hedge fund reinsurance vehicles.

Robert is pursuing a degree in Financial Engineering in order to further develop his quantitative skills and understanding of financial markets. Upon completion, Robert hopes to work in a challenging and fast-paced environment. His interests include investment banking, risk management and trading. In his spare time, Robert enjoys reading, watching sports and snowboarding.