Asset Management Division
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Class of 2004
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
What attracted you to Carnegie Mellon?
The world-class Computer Science Program at Carnegie Mellon. I wanted
to spend my undergrad years developing my analytical and problem solving
skills while leveraging off of my interest in Mathematics. Carnegie
Mellon's program was the right fit for me.
What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Algorithm Design and Analysis with Klaus
Sutner. This class taught me how to analyze problems in novel ways and
develop the skill of learning how to come up with solutions to problems
that, at first sight, seem impossible to solve.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
This is a tough one. I enjoyed all my Computer Science classes since
the professors were simply excellent and very inspiring. However, the
trophy goes to Prof. Klaus Sutner. He is one of my role models till date
since he is a unique blend of intelligence, creativity, and personality
not only in terms of the field of Computer Science but also
What was the best thing about living in Pittsburgh?
Affordable style of living for students: great food and awesome
What opportunities do you feel you had at Carnegie Mellon that
you wouldn't have had at another university?
The opportunities included: a) a great educational arena to learn from
extremely intelligent and motivated professors and colleagues, b)
excellent set of resources available in terms of improving one's
knowledge, c) a high level of integration across various disciplines. In a
nutshell, I was given the opportunity to develop all areas of my persona:
education, career, fitness, creativity, and emotional intelligence.
How do you think Carnegie Mellon helped prepare you to meet your
The most important skill that Carnegie Mellon teaches you is how to
solve a problem: imagine starting out with a blank sheet of paper and no
instructions on how to go about approaching the problem but after a few
hours of perseverance ending up with an elegant and efficient solution.
This skill has helped me through my career choices, my interviews, and is
continues to help me out in the real work environment where one is
constantly facing new problems, with few known variables, that require
fast yet well-designed solutions.
What do you believe has been your greatest achievement?
The ability to multi-task and develop myself in more than one
What advice would you have for incoming students in
the field of computer science who were worried about the difficulty of
Confidence and perseverance - develop these two skills as much as
possible and you will be successful regardless of grueling or daunting a
semester or a year might seem at first. As my Dad always says 99%
perspiration and 1% good luck. That's right: make sure you give it your
101% and never look back on it. This attitude will serve you well through
your four years and well beyond that. Remember one very important thing:
ask questions, even if at first thought, they might make you look *less
intelligent* - the person next to you is bound to have the same questions
swimming in their head but the difference between the two of you will be:
when you have a question, you will be relentless about obtaining an answer
that satisfies your hunger for knowledge.
The advances in the field of computer science have lead to a
digital revolution. We've seen the birth of the personal computer, the
fruition of Moore's law, the rise of the Internet, to name a few. What do
you think we'll see next?
We have entered a new era where companies have become extremely
intelligent in combining just the right hues of software prowess, hardware
efficiency, style, design, and creating a new appeal for the global
consumer. Companies like Google and Apple have started a new trend. I
am waiting for the next one that will combine phone, camera, internet
services, and biometric information in the form of small accessory that I
can wear when going out on a speed-meeting with one of our clients at
Describe your current position and its roles and
I am currently working in the Asset Management Division at Goldman
Sachs & Co. in New York. My role is a neat blend of finance and
technology. I develop various types of trading applications, web portals,
and risk analysis systems for the Fixed Income Trading Desk in London and
New York. I have several exciting responsibilities that range from
learning about new financial products and investing, picking up the latest
technology to come up with the next most elegant application, recruiting
for my team as well as the firm, to volunteering in various organizations
within Goldman Sachs.
What research projects are you currently working on or completed
recently (e.g. describe your work on the e.g. Information Awareness
Interface. What is it? Why is it important? What impact has this project
made or will make in the field?)
Our *research* could be described primarily as Process Design and
Enhancement. Our main function is to combine the most challenging aspects
of both the financial services and the technology industry to come up with
effective solutions that will help generate record-breaking revenues for
our clients each year. We do this in a variety of forms: from analyzing
outside vendor products that will serve such functions, developing
in-house applications, gathering business requirements to see how we can
automate all the tasks so that time and energy are channeled in more
value-adding and innovative tasks.
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