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Can you imagine living in a world of corrosion-resistant materials? Have you ever wondered about the molecular forces behind muscle contraction? IIT researchers are investigating these topics and many others with technology provided by the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory.
Gady Agam
Department of Computer Science
Gady Agam, associate professor of Computer Science, has a solid reputation in experimental and visual computing, and runs the Visual Computing Lab within the Department of Computer Science.
Shlomo Argamon
Department of Computer Science
Can a computer tell the difference between right and wrong, or distinguish a male from a female? These sorts of questions are at the heart of research being explored by Professor of Computer Science Shlomo Argamon.
Andrea Berry
B.S. in Computer Science, 1984
Emmy Award-winning television executive Andrea Berry discovered her passion for broadcast operations during her student days as a disc jockey on IIT's radio station, WIIT 88.9 FM.
R. Russell Betts
Dean of College of Science, Professor of Physics
R. Russell Betts, Ph.D., joined IIT from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he served as vice provost for planning and programs and professor of physics.
Gruia Calinescu
Department of Computer Science
These days, it's all about the algorithm—the essential blueprint that tells computers what to do. For Associate Professor Gruia Calinescu, the algorithm is his life's work.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar
M.S. in Computer Science, 1988
Just a few years after graduating from IIT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar was part of the Intel team that designed the trailblazing Pentium chip.
Spring 2012, Employment at graduation: Ph.D. student at Illinois Institute of Technology
I gained solid knowledge of mathematical finance and did projects as quants do in real life. The program offered me an appropriate balance between math theory and the practical world, from which I benefited a lot when I was applying what I learned while working as an intern at the CME Group.
Spring 2014
As far as I am concerned, this program benefited me a lot. It helped me learn profiles of many kinds of financial products as well as helped me have a better understanding of stochastic process.
Spring 2009, Employment at graduation: BarChart Inc.
The mathematical finance degree gave me an advantage which helped me secure a job in the midst of an economic downturn, even though my ultimate goal was not simply finding a secure and comfortable career. I feel the primary benefit of this program comes from the financial math classes and the practical trading classes from the business school, together with the extensive programming training which employers greatly value in today's market.
Spring 2012, Employment at graduation: Bancolombia, Colombia
Before joining the MMF program, I was working as a currency options trader. My company was planning to start dealing some exotics and I felt I needed to have a better knowledge of the concepts related to these products. The program definitively helped me understand each of the essential topics that built mathematical finance theory.
John Groszko
Computer Science Undergraduate
The stereotype of the antisocial computer science major couldn't be farther from the truth in the case of John Groszko, fourth-year undergraduate.
I obtained a systematic education in financial and mathematical models. I was very satisfied by the arrangement of courses, as well as the professors' teaching methods. It's not a program only focusing on the theories, but also involving many projects related to practical problems.
Fred Hickernell
Department of Applied Mathematics
Achieving academic excellence through interdisciplinary relationships is an IIT hallmark that Fred Hickernell, chair and professor of applied mathematics, has the opportunity to utilize each day.
Spring 2013, Employment at graduation: QRM Inc.
I made the decision to join the Master of Mathematical Finance program in 2010 after having spent a weekend in the city of Chicago. The professors I met then and since have been exceptional mentors to my growth as an academic, as a professional, and as a leader.
Thomas Irving
Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences; Department of Physics
Watching fruit flies may not seem like high-tech science, but this work of Professor Thomas Irving could hold the key to understanding the way the human heart muscle performs.
Ishaque Khan
Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences
In science, what's small is big. "The heart and soul of today's scientific revolution is nanoscale science," says Professor Ishaque Khan.
Marilyn Kouba
Marilyn Kouba is a true pioneer for women in the sciences at IIT. Kouba entered IIT as a junior in 1948, a time when there were not many women studying chemistry.
Norman Lederman
Department of Mathematics and Science Education
Distinguished Professor Norman Lederman, an internationally recognized expert in scientific inquiry and the nature of science and a longtime science educator, leads innovative programs.
Xiang-Yang Li
Department of Computer Science
Science can reveal the unforeseen, but sometimes it aims to improve the basic components of our everyday lives. Associate Professor of Computer Science Xiang-Yang Li's research interests focus on algorithm design and analysis for practical topics such as wireless and sensor networks, truthful computing, cryptography and network security, and computational geometry.
Spring 2012, Employment at graduation: Volatility Exchange (VolX)
During my two years in the IIT MMF program, I thoroughly enjoyed the courses. The program is very well structured: the core financial math courses gave me a solid theoretical math background needed for pricing and hedging derivatives, while other courses offered me a solid understanding of real market problems, so that I can now effectively apply what I’ve learned in my work as a quant.
Spring 2009, Employment at graduation: Ph.D. student at Illinois Institute of Technology
I was admitted to IIT MMF program in the fall of 2007, where I learned from highly qualified faculty from both the Applied Math Department and Stuart School of Business, and was offered internships through several of the professors who are also involved in industry.
Spring 2013, Employment at graduation: FactSet Research Systems Inc.
I love this program so much. The curriculum has a balanced combination of theory and practice. The professors from the mathematical department give great lectures from theoretical stochastic processes to classical mathematical finance theory to frontier credit risk modeling.
Nathan Majernik
Physics/Applied Mathematics Undergraduate
The goddess Isis was revered as a patroness of magic in ancient Egypt. For IIT College of Science student Nathan Majernik, it is not magic but rather his abilities in physics and applied mathematics that are propelling him along the fast track in science. Majernik won second place at the 2011 IIT Undergraduate Research Day poster session for his detailed tomography work on a bronze Isis statue.
F. R. "Buck" McMorris
Department of Applied Mathematics, Department of Computer Science
The professional life of Professor F.R. 'Buck' McMorris began in 1969 when he was awarded a Ph.D. in mathematics (abstract algebra) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Earlier, he received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Beloit College and a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of California, Riverside.
Nick Menhart
Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Dystrophin research is the focus of Associate Professor Nick Menhart, who was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health R01 grant to study dystrophin's structure and function.
Loretta Moore
M.S. in Computer Science, 1986; Ph.D., 1991
Loretta Moore has served in a principal role on research contracts and grants totaling more than $5 million from agencies such as the United States Department of Homeland Security, the National Science Foundation, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters.
Spring 2014, Employment at graduation: FactSet Research Systems Inc.
During my two years at IIT, I received a comprehensive and well-structured mathematical education which gave me a solid mathematical background. The classes in credit risk modeling and in fixed income modeling play a key role in quant work.
Linda Spentzouris
Department of Physics
A former research associate at Fermilab, Associate Professor Linda Spentzouris has spearheaded the use of "left-handed metamaterials," which have unique optical properties, in accelerators and detectors.
Anita E. Thomas
Applied Mathematics Undergraduate
Daniel Burnham, notable architect and co-developer of the Plan of Chicago, was quoted to have said, "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood. Make big plans, aim high in hope and work." Applied mathematics student Anita E. Thomas is taking Burnham's advice quite literally.
Victor Tsao
M.S. in Computer Science, 1980
Victor Tsao received a master's in computer science from IIT in 1980. He was co-founder of Linksys and served as president and CEO for 15 years before it was acquired by Cisco Systems.
Spring 2014, Employment at graduation: CME Group
I felt confidence when I went into the interviews with big companies such as KPMG, Citadel and OCC, because I was well prepared by the MMF program on both math and coding.
Paul Wattelet
B.S. in Physics, 1962
Paul Wattelet vividly recalls a memory of his mother telling the late IIT president John T. Rettaliata that her undergraduate son was going to earn a Ph.D. one day.
Jialing Xiang
Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Jialing Xiang and her team study one type of genetic molecule that regulates the apoptic (a type of cell death) process, including how it moves inside cells and communicates with other signaling networks or signals.
Spring 2014, Employment at graduation: Graduate student at Illinois Institute of Technology
Professors of this program are great. Being leaders in their field, they provide us with cutting-edge knowledge of math and finance. Moreover, they are always helpful in getting us employment opportunities.