Finance Alumni


Welcome and thanks for visiting!

You are critical to our success.

Our vast network of alumni, friends and business partners is our greatest source of inspiration and our greatest resource. The continued commitment from our alums, friends and supporters is critical to our mission, especially as we work to enhance the quality of our curriculum and attract bright, hardworking students.

Alumni Profile:
Jane Zhao '06 PhD-Finance

Jane Zhao has been a great supporter of the department.

Her doctoral dissertation researched quantitative investment factors used to predict stock returns. After graduation, she started her career as a quantitative researcher at PanAgora and began to learn the institutional side of the business. With the help of the solid knowledge and understanding of financial markets developed in the doctoral program, she built a model for predicting returns and, as a result, became a portfolio manager in less than a year. She traveled extensively as a portfolio manager and completed quarterly performance reviews for PanAgora’s institutional clients.

She is now actively pursuing her own business interests, particularly in the fin-tech field, in addition to keeping up with her active family and co-teaching a financial engineering course at New York University.

Jane’s Advice for Students

  • Don’t wait for others to come to you.
  • Understand the requirements of the job you want and what skills you need. Do you need presentation skills, quantitative skills, leadership skills?
  • Develop those and be ready for the opportunity to come at any time.


  • BS-Statistics, Renmin University, China
  • MBA, University of Pittsburgh
  • PhD-Finance, The University of Arizona
    Dissertation Advisor: Chris Lamoureux, Diamond Professor of Finance


  • PanAgora Asset Management
    –Quantitative Researcher Analyst
    –Portfolio Manager
    –Director of Equity

  • Point 72, Senior Risk Manager

  • Entrepreneur

  • New York University, Co-instructor, Financial Engineering