MEng Concentration: Financial Engineering
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2016
Areas of Interest: IBD, S&T, quant
Ruiqi Zhang completed an early graduation from Rice University with Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and economics.
Working as a research assistant for the Jones Business School, she grew a strong interest in financial engineering through performing mathematical and financial analysis¬¬ in a project that analyzed the role of NYC public transit systems as an exogenous shock to trading volume. Her internship experience as manager assistant in the Corporate Banking division of Bank of China reinforced her empirical skills and understanding of the finance industry. This summer she interned at Circle Wealth Management as an investment analyst, during which she not only performed extensive research on the earning prospects of different equities, but also gained hands-on experience in portfolio optimization and market analysis.
During her two years’ experience as a teaching assistant, she proved her strong academic abilities and communication skills by helping over 50 students with topics such as economic optimization and market equilibrium models. Meanwhile, during her senior year she successfully conducted an empirical research on the relationship between marital patterns and over 20 characteristics of the family unit, by developing an economic model using Stata and Matlab.
Upon graduation from the Cornell MEng program, Ruiqi is actively seeking a career in areas that match and could help further explore her analytical skills, quantitative backgrounds and interests in finance, including investment banking analyst, roles in sales and trading and quantitative finance.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading books about history and philosophy, playing piano, playing sports such as tennis and badminton, and watching soccer and tennis games.