A key part of the MSFE program is the "practicum" course based on real-world projects provided by industry partners. In this course, teams of students will work on projects or problems posed by or developed in cooperation with an industry partner. Through these projects, students will be exposed to "real world" financial engineering and risk management problems. Students will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art analytic tools and software products to assist them in with such projects.

The projects are structured so that a finished product is delivered to the sponsor at the end of the Fall Semester.

The practicum is a win-win program. Students gain valuable experience and have an opportunity to significantly impact a company. Corporate partners see the practicum project as an opportunity to use talented, external manpower to tackle a project that requires specialized insight or tools. They also use the practicum as a chance to see your work on the job as a potential future employee.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Practicum Project we'd like to hear from you. Please fill out this form

2017 Practicum Winners

2016 Practicum Winners

2015 Practicum Winners

Previous Corporate Sponsors include:

  • Advocate Asset Management
  • Ash Brokerage
  • AxisRe
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Boston Options Exchange
  • Busey Bank
  • Chicago Trading Company
  • CME Group
  • Connexin
  • Elementum
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fidelity
  • Florez
  • Fort Sheridan Advisors LLC
  • Google
  • Lane Financial LLC
  • MarketAxess
  • Nanex
  • Paca Nguyen
  • Peak6
  • Pearson
  • PeerEx Investments
  • Principal
  • RCM
  • Shostek
  • Social Market Analytics
  • SpiderRock
  • Sreenivas
  • Sowers
  • SunGard Financial Systems
  • TFGM
  • UBS
  • University of Illinois
  • Ye
  • Wedbush Securities
  • Wells Fargo Bank