Carnegie Mellon University

Steven Shreve

Steven Shreve

Orion Hoch Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Mellon College of Science, and by courtesy, Tepper School of Business

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  • WEH - Wean Hall - Room 6303
  • 412-268-8484
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • University of Illinois - - 1977
  • University of Illinois - Ph D - 1977
  • West Virginia University - BA - 1972


Shreve's recent research has followed two tracks. The first has been problems in financial mathematics, including models for derivative securities, utility maximization (especially in the presence of transaction costs), optimal execution of large financial transactions, and the principal agent problem of how a bank should compensate its traders. In all these cases, continuous-time models using stochastic calculus are constructed and analyzed. A second activity has been modeling of queueing systems in heavy traffic when tasks have deadlines for completion. Although queues are intrinsically discrete-event systems, when in heavy traffic, the queue lengths can profitably be approximated by diffusions. If tasks have attributes, such as lead times until deadlines expire, the approximation is a measure-valued diffusion. In a series of papers with multiple co-authors, Shreve has determined the limiting measure-valued diffusion processes obtained in a variety of queueing systems. These two threads have recently come together in the construction of diffusion approximations for limit-order books that govern trading on electronic exchanges. This is ongoing work with John Lehoczky of the CMU Department of Statistics and Ph.D. advisee Christopher Almost.


  • Instructor for executive education courses on stochastic calculus for finance (January 2006 -)