December 15, 2017

Max Darnell of First Quadrant Delivers UCLA Anderson MFE Commencement Address

LOS ANGELES (December 15, 2017) – UCLA Anderson School of Management announced that Max Darnell (M.Econ. ’91), managing partner and chief investment officer at First Quadrant, will address the 2017 Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) graduating class. The commencement ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017, in UCLA Anderson’s Korn Convocation Hall.

UCLA Anderson Professor Lars Lochstoer was selected by the MFE Class of 2017 to receive the MFE Teaching Excellence Award, which will be presented at the commencement ceremony.

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

“The UCLA Anderson MFE is a rigorous academic endeavor that requires raw talent, discipline and persistence of effort,” says Mikhail Chernov, professor and faculty director of the MFE program. “We are so proud of what our students have accomplished, and we are confident that the skills and education they’ve obtained at UCLA Anderson have given them the foundation they need to be successful in their career. Our graduates look forward to hearing from Max Darnell, a UCLA Department of Economics graduate who has decades of expertise in quantitative finance and is a great example of professional achievement.”

Darnell began his career at First Quadrant in 1991, managing derivatives research throughout the decade before being named director of research. He has served as investment firm First Quadrant’s managing partner since 2012, and chief investment officer since 2002. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the firm and overseeing its investment products with emphasis on strategic research and development initiatives. His leadership style has been to carefully cultivate intellectual friction alongside truly constructive engagement.

First Quadrant was founded more than a quarter century ago with a vision for a better way to invest, bringing science and discipline to investment management. Differing from traditional “quant” firms, First Quadrant focused on uncovering deeper, conceptual insights about how markets work rather than looking for the mere appearance of statistical patterns in the data. Today the firm manages roughly $25 billion for clients around the globe who need solutions aimed at diversifying returns, return enhancement and risk mitigation in the following areas: macro, currency, commodities, volatility, long-only equities, long/short equities, multi-asset, tax management, tail-risk management and inflation protection.

About the UCLA Anderson Master of Financial Engineering
UCLA Anderson’s Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) program is designed for individuals who want to apply their analytical skills to careers in the world of quantitative finance and data analytics. The curriculum integrates mathematical, statistical and programming tools with finance theory. Students are taught to apply cutting-edge theory to various aspects of the financial markets, from equities to fixed income, currencies to commodities. Students are prepared for careers in quantitative research, derivatives structuring, modeling and pricing, trading, investment management, corporate risk management and data science. The program balances academic rigor with practical application to create a challenging and relevant curriculum, with courses taught by faculty that are world renowned in both the theory and the practice of quantitative finance. Read more about the UCLA Anderson MFE:

About UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson’s MBA, Fully Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Master of Financial Engineering, Master of Science in Business Analytics, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school’s Think in the Next ethos. Here some 1,800 students annually are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow.

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