What degree are you pursuing and why?
I am pursuing a Master of Science in Mathematical Finance degree. This degree is a bond between Mathematics and Finance. These two make a beautiful union from the cosmetic point of view but really the intersection of it is where the actual healing and juice is located. This intersection brings in statistical and programming ideas where finance really gets a symbiotic relationship especially in financial modeling, data analysis and risk management. Therefore the two areas coexist. This really is a fix for the financial industry and the stock market.
Why did you choose the Belk College of Business over others?
The Belk College of Business reached out to me to be an Early Entry candidate for the Mathematical Finance program. After careful contemplation, I decided that Belk College and the Master of Science in Mathematical Finance would be ideal for me. I decided to follow this path as this program is ranked one of the best financial engineering programs in the nation and Charlotte, NC is the second largest banking hub in the US. I wanted to be a part of this!
Tell us about your job. What lessons have you learned in your courses that you were able to apply on the job?
I am currently working with Glenmark Pharmaceuticals as a Quality Event Management specialist where I am responsible for initiating, reviewing and approving site Change Controls, CAPAs Deviations and Incidents within the Quality Management System. This program has really taught me how to sail through many obstacles. At Glenmark, I face challenges where real-life scenarios cannot be applicable and the only way to fix things is to think critically while considering team consulting. The math finance degree and in general the Belk College of Business program has helped me to collaboratively and independently solve issues.
What activities are you involved in when not working/studying?
I like watching movies, shows and visiting new places with my wife. I am also passionate about nature and eating healthy. I wish we all can work on climate change so that fauna and Flora can coexist as Math and Finance have been. I also grow a garden every growing season. I always have tomatoes, collard greens, broccoli, peppers and herbs in my garden.
What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?
The best part of my academic experience is the faculty that UNC Charlotte Belk School of Business has to offer. They deliver what is needed for any individual to maneuver and succeed. I have also been equipped with team-building skills by getting involved in group projects and homework which require student collaborations. These skills are needed in everyday life in any setting.
How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone considering a master’s program?
For STEM-oriented candidates, don’t ever doubt this program. I am pretty sure it will soon be on top of the rank in the nation. With the rich knowledge of faculty and the location of the school, you will surely be guaranteed to practice what you obtain right in the same vicinity. The Belk College of Business is well equipped not only to sharpen you in the finance industry but also in setting a standard to navigate anything you might come across.
How valuable do you feel this degree will be to your career?
This degree can be applied to any kind of career. It gives you the challenge to be better in everyday life. Given the fact that our society is facing complex challenges in all aspects of life, this degree will prepare me for any future difficulties at any level.