Steven K. Xu

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Steven K. Xu

Hometown: Westport, CT

Steven K. Xu was drawn to Financial Engineering by the promise of complex challenges in modeling complicated systems. He received a Bachelor’s in Applied Physics from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Honors Program but was drawn to Financial Engineering by the risky real-world nature of the complex systems involved. As a student with a record of academic success, he had the opportunity to begin studying Master's level Financial Engineering courses as an undergraduate via NYU Tandon's BS/MS program.  After receiving his Bachelor's, he transitioned to the Master's program full-time.

He found his quantitative classes such as Statistical Arbitrage and Stochastic Calculus interesting as applications of advanced mathematics in the financial world. Xu has also taken advantage of the networking opportunities afforded by a world-class faculty, on-campus events, and prime location in New York City.

He has interned at the Securities and Exchange Commission and Guardian Life Insurance Corporation in Data Science roles, focusing on model validation. While he has experience in data-driven roles, he would like to eventually end up doing more theoretical work and is considering the next steps such as pursuing further education.

Xu served as Vice President of the Quantitative Research in the NYU FRE Bulls and Bears Club in the 2019-2020 academic year. The club aims to cultivate an environment for FRE students to form close interpersonal connections, as well as providing practical project experience. He will be serving as President in the 2020 Fall semester and aims to strengthen the club as a fixture of the FRE program. 

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