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Physics Careers Seminar: "From Physics to Finance"

Event Type
Department of Physics
204 Loomis (Interaction Room)
Feb 23, 2018   11:30 am  
Dr. Ian Adam, DRW
Lance Cooper

Abstract: DRW is one of the premier principal trading firms operating in today's exciting markets, trading futures, equities, options among many financial products. Dr. Ian Adam will give an overview of US equity options and introduction to some topics in option pricing, an area to which considerable quantitative research effort has been devoted at DRW. He will also share his experience working in finance with a physics background.

Bio: Ian received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Princeton University, and his PhD from Columbia University.  His doctoral research focused on the high precision measurement of the W boson mass, which constrained the Higgs when combined with the contemporaneous top quark discovery and mass measurement.   He went on to do postdoctoral research at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center on the BaBar and SLD experiments.

After academia, Ian transitioned to industry starting at Network Physics, which was later acquired by OpNet, a Silicon valley startup where he applied physics ideas to optimizing network traffic flows and successfully filed 4 patents during his time there. After Network Physics, Ian went to Circadiant Systems, later acquired by JDS Uniphase, where he worked on developing novel, patented technology for physical layer optical networking measurements.  Eventually Ian made the switch to proprietary trading and joined Volant Trading, where he worked on quant strategies in options market making and prop trading before joining DRW.

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