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Baruch College Names Dr. Jim Gatheral Presidental Professor



NEW YORK, NY - April 18, 2013 - Dr. Jim Gatheral, a professor in the Math Department and the Masters Program in Financial Engineering (MFE) Program in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, has been named Presidential Professor, effective September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2018.

Dr. Gatheral joined Baruch College in August 2010, after a distinguished career in finance, most recently as a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, where he led the quantitative research group for 17 years. Before making his way to New York, Dr. Gatheral’s work spanned the trading and banking worlds, working out of London and Tokyo.

Gatheral, who is recognized as one of the top quants in the world, has strengthened the Financial Engineering Masters Program at Baruch College, propelling it to be included among the top five such programs in the world by the end of 2011. The impact of Dr. Gatheral on the Baruch MFE program has been significant and multi-faceted, leading directly not only to increasing the program’s prestige and standing, but also to attracting even stronger students who have since won international competitions, including the Rotman International Trading Competition and the Metaquotes Automated Trading Championship.

Since joining Baruch College, Gatheral published ten papers in the field’s leading journals, including Mathematical Finance and Quantitative Finance, and two book chapters in the Encyclopedia of Quantitative Finance, making him one of the most active and highly published academics in the field. Dr. Gatheral delivered the keynote address to the Quant Congress in London in 2012, the top conference in financial engineering worldwide. He was also the first ever keynote speaker for the Bloomberg Quant Seminar in New York in January 2013.

A native of Scotland, Dr. Gatheral earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Glasgow, where he majored in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. He later earned a PhD in Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University.


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.? For more about Baruch College, go to



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