From the Director

Morton Lane

February 11, 2019


It seems extraordinary that 10% of calendar 2019 is already behind us. Indeed even Chinese New Year has come and almost gone. But it has already been a busy one for the MSFE program.

One of the signature components of our MSFE Program at the University of Illinois is our required corporate-sponsored semester-long Practicum. Originally designed as an end of program, third semester activity. Now these Practicums are spread between both the spring and fall semester, depending on student demand for an “Early Practicum”. I am pleased to say that over one third of the class of 2019 signed up, thereby making a very worthwhile extra commitment to their study.

There are two other welcome pieces of information I can share with you.

1. The ranking service TFE (originally called The Financial Engineer) has moved our place up to the 5th best program in the US for Financial Engineering. We have previously and consecutively ranked 9th, 7th, 6th and now 5th. A very pleasing trend.

2. I am also pleased to announce that Vishwanath Tirupattur, head of Fixed Income research at Morgan Stanley, and an Alumnus of UIUC has graciously agreed to join the MSFE Board of Advisors.

I hope that in the remaining 90% of 2019 I will be able to bring you similarly good news about the program.

Belated Happy New Year,

Morton N. Lane, Ph.D.
MS Financial Engineering, Director
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign