Yinji Cao

Operations Research and Information Engineering
Financial Engineering


MEng Concentration:  Financial Engineering
Area(s) of Interest: Quantitative Trading, Quantitative Research, Asset Management, Structuring, Risk Management
Expected Graduation Date: December 2011

Yinji Cao received his two Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2010. Prior to transferring to Wisconsin, he studied Biological Sciences at Fudan University, China, and his academic achievements won him an opportunity to spend one year as an exchange student at University of California, Berkeley.

During his undergraduate studies, Yinji focused on building up quantitative, computational and interpersonal skills through extensive coursework and projects. His interest in quantitative finance evolved from his actuarial & IT internship at China Life, where he applied his programming skills to multiple actuarial projects of insurance pricing. At UW-Madison, Yinji worked as a mathematics research assistant with PhD students focusing on finite difference methods and game theory. Before joining Cornell’s Financial Engineering program, he interned with a boutique proprietary trading firm in Chicago, where he further developed his understanding of the financial market while designing trading strategies using technical analysis.

Post MFE, Yinji intends to pursue a career in quantitative trading, research, asset management, structuring, or risk management.

In his spare time, Yinji enjoys playing soccer, badminton, snooker and poker. He is a huge fan of Manchester United. He is also interested in sustainability and microfinance.