December 18, 2014

Ronald Kahn of BlackRock Delivers UCLA Anderson MFE Commencement Address

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 18, 2014) - UCLA Anderson School of Management today announced that Ronald Kahn, Global Head of Scientific Equity Research at BlackRock in San Francisco, will address this year's Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) graduates. A total of 43 students will graduate at the 2014 MFE commencement ceremony, which takes place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Korn Convocation Hall.

UCLA Anderson Prof. Francis Longstaff was chosen by the graduating MFE class to receive the MFE Teaching Excellence Award, which will be presented to him at the commencement ceremony.  

The MFE Program at UCLA Anderson prepares students for careers in risk management, asset management, derivative pricing, private equity, hedge funds and technical operation areas of corporate finance.  

"We're delighted our graduates get to hear from Ronald Kahn," says Hanno Lustig, professor and faculty director of the MFE Program. "This has been a banner year for the UCLA Anderson MFE Program. The unprecedented 35% increase in applications encouraged us to increase our class size by more than 50% ,while still maintaining our highly selective process."     

Kahn is a well-known expert on active portfolio management, risk modeling, and quantitative investing. In his current position, he is responsible for enhancing BlackRock's Scientific Active Equity products and upholding their research standards.  

"The art of investing is evolving into the science of investing, and MFE graduates are perfectly poised to help drive that evolution," says Kahn.  

He has published numerous articles on investment management, as well as the influential book, Active Portfolio Management: Quantitative Theory and Applications, which he co-wrote with Richard Grinold.  Both authors received the 2013 James R. Vertin award, presented by the CFA Institute. Kahn is a 2007 winner of the Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy award for best article in the Journal of Portfolio Management, and serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Portfolio Management, the Financial Analysts Journal, and the Journal of Investment Consulting. The 2007 book, How I Became a Quant, includes his essay describing his transition from physics to finance.

Kahn teaches the equities half of the course, "International Equity and Currency Markets" in UC Berkeley's Master of Financial Engineering Program.

He received an AB in Physics, summa cum laude, from Princeton University and a PhD in Physics from Harvard University.    

To learn more about the MFE Program, visit the program website.    

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