John Sporn ’17 – Vice President, Strategic and Quantitative Asset Allocation Goldman Sachs
John was a part-time student in the program from September 2013 to May 2017. We had an opportunity to speak to him about his experience in the program. This is what he said:
What made you decide to come to the program?
While working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, I started my studies in the Mathematics in Finance program at NYU Courant. I chose this program as it is a top ranked program that accomodates part-time studies and provides students with a rigorous mathematical finance curriculum.
How has the program contributed to your career and personal development?
The program allowed me to develop a strong understanding of many mathematical and computational concepts while learning practical applications in modern day finance. Many of the professors are senior leaders in the financial industry; and learning from them allowed me to learn from the best. In addition, with the program’s strong alumni network and career services, I was able to secure a position at a leading investment bank.
What do you do now professionally?
I am currently a Vice President in the Strategic and Quantitative Asset Allocation team within Goldman Sachs’s Investment Management Division. In this role, I advise institutional and high net-worth clients on strategic asset allocation decisions and also perform quantitative asset allocation research.
I strongly recommend this program to students who want to become well-rounded finance professionals. The program does a wonderful job of developing students on the theoretical, computational, and practical fronts of mathematical finance. At the conclusion of the program, I think students are confident in their abilities to tackle new challenges and take their careers to the next step just like I did.
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