Financial Technology Associates Program (FTAP)
Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C
What attracted you to Carnegie Mellon?
I knew it had a great computer science program and I liked the size of the
program and the school.
What was your favorite class and why?
Networks - The professors were great, I liked the course material
and I got to work with one of my good friends on the labs, so it was fun.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Randy Bryant was a great professor for 15-213. He was always welcoming of
questions and had such depth of knowledge that anything you asked, he'd
always have a clear and insightful explanation for. The notes for the
class were also great and it was cool to know that we were test driving
his future text book.
What was the best thing about living in Pittsburgh?
The price of food!
What opportunities do you feel you had at Carnegie Mellon that you
wouldn't have had at another university?
I definitely had more access to professors and administration than I would
have had anywhere else. The opportunity to take a breadth of outstanding
classes - everything from Acting to Human Computer Interaction Methods
is not something you find everywhere. The curriculum also made it
possible to get a second major, a feat that many universities seem to make
How do you think Carnegie Mellon helped prepare you to meet your
Going into my first job, I had the confidence and background to know
that I'd be able to learn whatever I need to know quickly. I also knew
that I had the exposure to enough different technologies that even things
I'd never seen before would be similar to something I did know.
What do you believe has been your greatest achievement?
Starting a group like Women@SCS that thrived and helped out the community.
What advice would you have for incoming students in the field of
computer science who were worried about the difficulty of their
Nothing worth having was ever easy. Do all you can to prepare before you
start, and write down all your questions. Then get all your questions
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?
Big changes in security - both physical and digital. Physical keys
are already starting to go away and being replaced by biometrics. I think
the financial industry will catch on and try and solve the problem of
identity theft as more and more transactions are done online and with
through credit/debit cards.
Describe your current position and it's roles and responsibilities.
I'm in the Financial Technology Associates Program (FTAP) at Citadel
Investment Group, L.L.C. It's a rotational program through several
technology groups with everything from financial front office trading to
developing technical infrastructure. Roles involve developing
applications, learning about the business and supporting daily trading