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If anybody has any qualms about making a trek to visit firms, be assured that it’s worth it! I left New York after day two with a better understanding of the financial industry, investment best practices, what employers are looking for, and most importantly, what we could offer with the skills we’re learning in the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (MSFQ) program.

This year’s annual MSFQ Trek to Boston and New York involved visits to Man Numeric, Wellington, Fidelity, DE Shaw, Point72, and PIMCO. These firms represent some of the top names in the mutual fund and hedge fund industry, and are the result of the Weston Career Center’s work in cultivating industry relationships—to the benefit of those in the MSFQ program.

It was a busy two-day trip. Each morning we started at 9 a.m., going full throttle until 4 p.m. When we were not learning about the different asset management firms and their investment strategies, we enjoyed connecting with our classmates. As we shuffled from meeting to meeting, we talked to directors, recruiters, portfolio managers, analysts, and WashU alumni. Each of the firms was gracious with their time and answered questions generously. DE Shaw even surprised us with hoodies!

Since our programs ended on Friday, we got part of the weekend to tour New York as well!

Special thanks again go to the Weston Career Center, especially to Molly Sonderman for handling logistics, and to Greg Hutchings for accompanying the 17 students who went!

Guest Blogger: Stefan Yu, MSFQ candidate and President of the Specialized Masters Program Council

Find the latest information on Weston Career Center events and career treks by visiting the Olin Careers website.

Adena T. Friedman, president and chief executive officer of Nasdaq, will be on the Washington University in St. Louis campus at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Knight Hall’s Emerson Auditorium as part of the David R. Calhoun Lectureship. Co-sponsored by Olin Business School and Arts & Sciences, the lecture series aims to bring to campus well-known national leaders discussing how their value system and global experience creates an impact in the business environment.

Friedman assumed the role of Nasdaq president and CEO in January 2017 and proceeded to steer the company through the implementation of new architecture — called Nasdaq Financial Framework — that earned her Institutional Investor’s No. 1 spot in its 2017 Tech 40 list of financial technology leaders.

While serving as Nasdaq’s president and COO through 2016, Friedman oversaw the company’s business while focusing on driving efficiency, product-development growth and expansion.

Wrote Friedman in an Oct. 6 LinkedIn blog post:

“To Nasdaq, tomorrow isn’t an expression of time but a story to rewrite about a connected ecosystem that constitutes a market of possibilities. We possess what is needed to unleash those possibilities: the leading-edge technology, the forward thinking, and the power of data and analytics. We have the ingenuity to power economies, the insights to empower people, and the integrity that is the cornerstone of all markets.

“With those resources, we are going to rewrite ways to expand wealth, create jobs and enrich people’s lives. We aim to set the pace for all that — for re-thinking capital markets and economies anywhere and everywhere.”

Friedman earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Williams College and a master of business administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

The Calhoun Lecture is free and open to the public but registration is encouraged as seating is limited in Emerson Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Guest Blogger: Chuck Finder, The Source. Photo credit: Matt Greenslade/

Ryan Moss, BSBA ’01, BSCE ’01, is serving as project director for McCarthy Building Companies, overseeing the major transformation of the east end of the Danforth Campus.

While his friends played with Tonka trucks in the sandbox, Ryan Moss visited real building sites and rock quarries across the St. Louis region. Moss’ father, Ed Moss, worked in construction and, at a young age, Moss knew he wanted to work in the same industry.

“In some ways, I’m still a kid — I like the big trucks and the high lifts,” says Moss, who grew up in nearby Hillsboro, Mo. “But what I really find satisfying about construction is that you can see progress every single day.”

Today, Moss works for McCarthy Building Companies, and he is project director for the East End Transformation of the Danforth Campus, the largest construction project in the history of Washington University.

The $250-million transformation features three new academic buildings, an expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, a welcome center, a multi-use building with dining and offices, an underground parking garage and an expansive new park. The project broke ground in May 2017 and is scheduled to be in completed in two years. “We are working at lightning speed,” Moss says.

Moss, a 2001 graduate of Washington University who earned bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and business administration, is wowed by the project’s scope and vision. Back when he was a student, the East End was basically an asphalt lot.

“I never went there. No one did unless you were an architecture or art student,” Moss recalls. “To be back on campus and be a part of something that will change the student experience for generations to come is really cool.”

McCarthy is the project’s general contractor, and in his role, Moss communicates constantly with university leaders. He also oversees McCarthy’s on-site staff and some 650 workers employed by 60 subcontractors. That means he must be an expert in a wide range of disciplines, including geo technological engineering, architecture, plumbing and LEED standards, to name just a few.

“We have a favorite saying around here: ‘We must feed the machine,’” says Moss, who works out of an office near the site. “We can’t let anything slow us down. If a problem arises and — knock on wood — that hasn’t happened yet, we must be prepared to respond quickly.”

Ryan Moss, BSBA ’01, BSCE ’01, is serving as the project manager for McCarthy on the East End transformation. Photos by Joe Angeles/Washington University

As a civil engineer, Moss admires the design of the new parking garage, a 790-space structure that will be both functional and beautiful. But as an alum, he is eager to build the Sumers Welcome Center.

“It makes so much sense to have a dedicated building that can serve as a first stop for prospective families or alums,” Moss says. “It’s going to be an amazing space that’s all glass, allowing panoramic views of Brookings Hall and Forest Park.

“I can’t wait to come back as an alum or, it’s my hope one day, as the parent of a prospective student,” says Moss, who is a father of three.

Q&A with Ryan Moss

What is the biggest change you’ve observed in the construction industry?

Definitely the focus on sustainability. There wasn’t much of a LEED movement when I was a student. But that has changed. Clients care about natural resources and energy efficiency. That’s especially true here. WashU has the highest standards of any client I’ve ever had.

What are your goals for the industry?

Construction is a male-dominated industry. As the father of two girls, I would like to change that. I’m part of a women’s resource group that is committed to making sure the needs of women are addressed and that women are recruited and mentored.

What is your favorite memory of Washington University?

Definitely my time playing basketball. Playing for Coach (Mark) Edwards was an amazing opportunity. I was here when the women’s team won all of those NCAA championships, and it was so much fun to watch them dominate. I used to tell people that I tried out for the women’s team and was cut.

By Diane Toroian Keaggy, this story first appeared on WUSTL’s Campus Next website

A message from the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship:

Calling All Creators at WashU – Submit Your Work
Think of anything you’ve created that you’re proud of—show it off to the WashU community as an exhibitor at our first ever Creator’s Gallery on the weekend of November 10th.

Examples for submission include, but are not limited to: fine art, robotics, engineering prototypes, visual design, business models, performance art, poetry, photography, etc.

Who Can Submit? All WashU students, alumni, faculty & staff. If it’s yours and it’s creative, submit by the deadline: Oct. 20, 2017.

Submit your work by Oct. 20 here.

If you have any questions regarding the Creator’s Gallery, feel free to contact Rob Hall at

A message from Chancellor Wrighton to our Washington University community:

Twice since the beginning of the school year, I have reached out to you to express concern about hurricanes of historic proportions. Harvey and Irma dealt heavy blows, and many in Texas, Florida and the surrounding areas still are recovering. Incredibly, now, we are witnessing devastating destruction by two more natural calamities: Hurricane Maria that has left unfathomable hardship across the Caribbean — including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — and the major earthquake in Mexico that already has taken more than 300 lives.

The needs are almost too great to comprehend.

In Puerto Rico, home to more than 3.5 million U.S. citizens, the situation is especially dire. According to news from the Puerto Rican leadership over the past few days, the damage is causing a humanitarian crisis with little electricity and power across much of the island, 60 percent of the residents without potable water, and many without basic food, shelter and access to medical care. It is gut-wrenching to see so many facing such a serious situation.

In addition to keeping in our thoughts those whose lives have been uprooted by these disasters, there are many ways to provide support to ongoing emergency response and relief efforts. Here, we provide just a few. The American Red Cross continues to be a strong partner in many of the affected areas. In Puerto Rico, First Lady Beatriz Rosselló has launched United for Puerto Rico to raise funds and solicit much-needed supplies. In Mexico, Global Giving is working to raise $2.5 million in aid for earthquake victims. And the One America Appeal, led by our five living former United States presidents, has expanded its scope to include the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Community is at the core of who we are at Washington University. We come together in difficult times and do what we can — each of us in our own way — to lend care and support. Our hearts go out to those in need of help.


Mark S. Wrighton

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