December 07, 2015

Michael A. Mendelson of AQR Capital Management Delivers UCLA Anderson MFE Commencement Address

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 07, 2015) – UCLA Anderson School of Management announced that Michael A. Mendelson, Principal at AQR Capital Management, will address this year’s Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) graduates. A total of 66 students will graduate at the 2015 MFE commencement ceremony, which takes place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Korn Convocation Hall.

UCLA Anderson Prof. Daniel Andrei was selected by the MFE Class of 2015 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 are very proud of the students graduating from our program this year, many of whom have already secured positions with companies, such as Goldman Sachs, Blackrock, Citigroup, Transmarket, Investcorp, Vanguard, and others,” says Mikhail Chernov, professor and faculty director of the MFE program. “Our graduates look forward to hearing from Mendelson, a UCLA Anderson MBA graduate (’93), who has decades of expertise in quantitative finance.”

Mendelson is the portfolio manager of AQR’s risk parity strategies and a member of both the firm’s strategic planning and risk committees. Prior to AQR, Michael was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he founded the quantitative trading group. He is a member of the Managed Funds Association’s board of directors and chairman of its Trading and Markets Committee and co-chair of its Government Affairs Committee.

Michael earned an S.B. in mathematics, an S.B. in management, an S.B. in chemical engineering and an S.M. in chemical engineering, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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

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