Carnegie Mellon University

Chen Zhang

Chen Olivia Zhang

Class of 2018


Chen (Olivia) Zhang graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington-Seattle in 2016 with two majors: Bachelor of Science in applied and computational math and Bachelor of Science in economics. During her undergraduate study, Olivia focused on how to apply probability model, data analysis, quantitative and statistical methods to the financial market. In her junior year, she did a project on performing value-at-risk calculations and rolling analysis of the CER model parameters, applying the Markowitz Algorithm to optimize the portfolio, and allocating assets. This project increased her interest in applying mathematics and statistics to finance. In addition, she built her skills in econometrics, machine learning and stochastic calculus for option pricing. She is now an FRM level II candidate. She joined the MSCF program to further build the necessary skills to succeed in the finance industry. Olivia has a strong desire to pursue a career in quantitative finance.