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Jia Kang '17 - M.S. in Quantitative Finance & Risk Analytics

Jia Kang ’17 - M.S. in Quantitative Finance & Risk Analytics (QFRA)

Before enrolling at Lally, I worked as an intern analyst in the asset management firm, Great Wall Capital.  In order to further pursue my career, I decide to apply to the Lally M.S. in Quantitative Finance & Risk Analytics (QFRA) program. My favorite thing about QFRA program is a combination of the passionate student body and the challenging coursework.

Everyone at Lally is involved in so many things whether it's academics, clubs, or athletics. The dedication I see in my peers constantly inspires me to be the best version of myself. Rensselaer is close to New York City and Boston which helps students to pursue career opportunities and experiences. For fun, I enjoy hiking, playing volleyball, and cooking.

  • Hometown: Shenzhen, China
  • Industry of Interest: Financial Services, Investments
  • Undergraduate: Jinan University, China
  • Undergraduate Major: Finance

Debolina Saha ’17 – M.S. in Quantitative Finance & Risk Analytics

Debolina Saha ’17 – M.S. in Quantitative Finance & Risk Analytics

I have always been interested in the applied fields of mathematics and statistics. Before attending the Rensselaer Lally School of Management, I worked as a business analyst the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in the Global Analytics Center in Kolkata for four years in the decision science and credit and risk departments. Adding to my banking and financial professional experience with a technical degree like the Lally M.S in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics (QFRA) was an important step in my career path.

I chose the Lally QFRA program because of the comprehensive curriculum which explores different areas of computer science, finance, mathematics, economics, and statistics. Rensselaer is a prestigious university in the United States and the Lally QFRA program ranks one of the best in all financial engineering programs because of its experienced faculty. These were the main reasons that helped me decide on my graduate school. I have represented Lally in the Center for Financial Studies’ Financial Modeling Competition, Global Association for Risk Professionals (GARP) events, and am part of a pristine research study on alternative finance. In my spare time, I like to exercise, dance, and explore new places and cuisines.

  • Hometown: Kolkata, India
  • Industry of Interest: Banking, Finance, and Technology
  • Undergrad: Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College, Calcutta University
  • Undergrad Major: Economics with specialization in Applied Econometrics
  • Certification: ISSAC Certified Lean Six – Sigma Yellow Belt, CFA Level I