Yanbin Cen

Yanbin Cen

Operations Research and Information Engineering
Financial Engineering


MEng Concentration: Financial Engineering
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2016
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Yanbin received her bachelor degree in Statistics, Economics in conjunction with Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. She was listed on the Dean’s Honor List for 6 semesters, and was awarded The Outstanding Undergraduate of Statistics Major in 2015.

Yanbin’s interest in finance began in high school, where she successfully managed a portfolio with 100% return in two months. As she studied more quantitative subjects, she became fascinated with how the market prices were fundamentally correlated to certain factors with quantitative significance.

Yanbin has developed solid quantitative skills by taking relevant courses, such as Statistics for Finance, Portfolio Optimization, and Risk Management, and has also gained industrial experience in quantitative research, Investment banking, and accounting. Over the past two summers, Yanbin interned as a quantitative research analyst at MAP, a cutting-edge Fin-tech company in New York City, and Valwin International Investment Fund Management, a Top 10 Hedge Fund company in China. The internships not only equipped her with more sophisticated programming skills in R, Matlab, and Python, but also advanced her quantitative skillset with a variety of statistical tools.

Yanbin has also interned at the Financial Service Office of Ernst & Young. Throughout the internship, Yanbin developed her communication skills and multi-tasking skills by assisting the project manager to coordinate the project timeline with clients and working for up to three group projects at the same time with tasks due back-to back. Yanbin was also assigned to lead a group of interns to manage the office’s file maintenance system through which she showed her creativity and potential of being a leader.

At CFEM, Yanbin is furthering her knowledge in quantitative finance and advancing her quantitative skillset. Upon graduation, she intends to pursue a career in trading, quantitative research, or asset management where she can continue her passion for quantitative finance and trading strategies.