Quantitative Market Intelligence

Who We Are

Quantitative Market Intelligence (QMI) is a division of The USIT Foundation that focuses on leveraging relevant data in making strategic investment decisions. QMI was created to open applied data science education to all students who wish to learn how to create, analyze, visualize, and utilize financially relevant datasets. By giving students the opportunity to advance highly-sought after technical skills, create proprietary datasets, and develop quantitative trading strategies, QMI empowers its members to become quantitatively intelligent investors and business leaders.

QMI consists of Intelligence Analysts, Intelligence Leads, Directors of Technology and Finance, and Executive Director(s). All members of QMI are taught critical data science and financial analysis skills through weekly workshop-style lectures and a project-based curriculum by QMI Directors. Using acquired skills, members work on and complete advanced data collection, processing, and visualization tasks that culminate in the presentation of investible insights and position recommendations. Additionally, members partake in the research of multi-stock algorithmic trading strategies to identify systematic methods of alpha generation. Select Intelligence Analysts and other qualified members of USIT can progress to the Intelligence Lead position where they mentor and teach new QMI members in various project and workshop settings. Similarly, dedicated Intelligence Leads can become Directors in the organization and develop teams centered around their particular area of expertise. 

How to Apply

QMI members are chosen through a competitive application and interview process each year. Applicants of all majors and all classes are welcome to join at the Intelligence Analyst level during the fall semester. The selection process begins with application and resume submission. Select applicants are then invited to participate in a short secondary submission and dinner. Finally, applicants who move on to the final stage interview with the Executive Directors, Directors of Technology, and Director of Finance. Candidates are not expected to have prior financial knowledge or technical skills but should demonstrate intellectual curiosity, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to education.

During the spring semester, Executive Directors, Directors of Technology, and Directors of Finance will be selected through a voting process. After elections, Directors will lead a rigorous application and interview process to select Intelligence Leads for the following year. While prior  knowledge is not necessary to join QMI at the Intelligence Analyst level, candidates for all Director and Intelligence Lead positions must have demonstrated financial and technical skills through the Intelligence Analyst program, internships, competitions, or other extensive extracurricular experience.

Select meetings and workshops are open to all due-paying members of USIT. For more details on the times and locations of public meetings, please refer to our curriculum calendar.

Our Team

Executive directors

Catherine Cheng   Austin, TX CBHP, Finance Class of 2020  catherine@usitquant.org   Catherine enjoys contemporary poetry, medical mysteries, and Insider Food videos. She is a Business Honors and Finance Senior and has experience in venture capital, investment banking, and equity research. After analyzing cryptocurrencies at Susquehanna International Group, she returned to New York and joined Evercore’s M&A Group her Junior summer. Upon graduating, she will be joining Apax Partners in their New York office.

Catherine Cheng
Austin, TX
CBHP, Finance
Class of 2020
catherine@usitquant.org

Catherine enjoys contemporary poetry, medical mysteries, and Insider Food videos. She is a Business Honors and Finance Senior and has experience in venture capital, investment banking, and equity research. After analyzing cryptocurrencies at Susquehanna International Group, she returned to New York and joined Evercore’s M&A Group her Junior summer. Upon graduating, she will be joining Apax Partners in their New York office.

Eric Sun   Allen, TX CBHP, Finance, Mathematics Class of 2020   eric@usitquant.org   Eric is a huge fan of diet soda, trying vegan food, and frozen yogurt (RIP Red Mango on Rio Grande). He is a Senior majoring in Business Honors, Finance, and Mathematics with experience in corporate finance, investment banking, and consulting. This past summer, Eric interned in management consulting with McKinsey & Company in Dallas and will be returning there next fall.

Eric Sun
Allen, TX
CBHP, Finance, Mathematics
Class of 2020
eric@usitquant.org

Eric is a huge fan of diet soda, trying vegan food, and frozen yogurt (RIP Red Mango on Rio Grande). He is a Senior majoring in Business Honors, Finance, and Mathematics with experience in corporate finance, investment banking, and consulting. This past summer, Eric interned in management consulting with McKinsey & Company in Dallas and will be returning there next fall.

 

Directors of technology & finance

Jessica Huang   | Director of Technology Frisco, TX CBHP, Computer Science (Turing) Class of 2021  jessica@usitquant.org   Jessica spends her free time curating indie rock playlists, munching on Funyuns, and falling off her skateboard. She is a Junior majoring in Business Honors, Computer Science, and Mathematics. Jessica just finished an internship in software engineering with JPMorgan Chase in Chicago.

Jessica Huang | Director of Technology
Frisco, TX
CBHP, Computer Science (Turing)
Class of 2021
jessica@usitquant.org

Jessica spends her free time curating indie rock playlists, munching on Funyuns, and falling off her skateboard. She is a Junior majoring in Business Honors, Computer Science, and Mathematics. Jessica just finished an internship in software engineering with JPMorgan Chase in Chicago.

Wesley Klock   | Director of Technology Austin, TX Electrical and Computer Engineering Class of 2020  wesley@usitquant.org   Wesley loves to spend his free time hitting a volleyball, playing board games, or eating delicious desserts. He is a Senior majoring in Computer Engineering with experience in natural language processing, web development, and venture capital. Most recently, Wesley interned in high frequency trading with Schonfeld Securities in New York.

Wesley Klock | Director of Technology
Austin, TX
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Class of 2020
wesley@usitquant.org

Wesley loves to spend his free time hitting a volleyball, playing board games, or eating delicious desserts. He is a Senior majoring in Computer Engineering with experience in natural language processing, web development, and venture capital. Most recently, Wesley interned in high frequency trading with Schonfeld Securities in New York.

Zander van Geenen   | Director of Finance Dallas, TX CBHP, Finance Class of 2021  zander@usitquant.org   When Zander isn’t playing pick-up soccer at Clark Field, you can catch him jamming out to music or tinkering with his 3D printer. He is a Junior majoring in Business Honors and Finance with the Elements of Computing Certificate. He spent this past summer analyzing equities at CPMG, a $1.5B hedge fund. Zander is excited to be joining Evercore’s New York M&A group this coming summer.

Zander van Geenen | Director of Finance
Dallas, TX
CBHP, Finance
Class of 2021
zander@usitquant.org

When Zander isn’t playing pick-up soccer at Clark Field, you can catch him jamming out to music or tinkering with his 3D printer. He is a Junior majoring in Business Honors and Finance with the Elements of Computing Certificate. He spent this past summer analyzing equities at CPMG, a $1.5B hedge fund. Zander is excited to be joining Evercore’s New York M&A group this coming summer.

Intelligence analysts

Lavanya Makdani  Gurgaon, India Mathematics  Class of 2022  Whenever Lavanya isn’t researching unsolved math problems or binge-watching her new favourite tv show, you can usually find her playing badminton or running at Gregory Gym. She is a fiction & poetry enthusiast and occasionally likes to play chess or paint while day dreaming about going scuba-diving. She also interned in data analysis at IBM. Lavanya is interested in finance, data analytics and actuarial sciences, but also hopes to become a fiction writer someday.

Lavanya Makdani
Gurgaon, India
Mathematics
Class of 2022

Whenever Lavanya isn’t researching unsolved math problems or binge-watching her new favourite tv show, you can usually find her playing badminton or running at Gregory Gym. She is a fiction & poetry enthusiast and occasionally likes to play chess or paint while day dreaming about going scuba-diving. She also interned in data analysis at IBM. Lavanya is interested in finance, data analytics and actuarial sciences, but also hopes to become a fiction writer someday.

Sanya Ganta   Plano, Texas Business Class of 2023  Sanya enjoys singing, speaking Spanish, and tap dancing. She frequently binges on oranges and eats straight from the watermelon, which is pretty gangster. She is a Freshman currently majoring in Unspecified Business and is interested in financial and scientific research.

Sanya Ganta
Plano, Texas
Business
Class of 2023

Sanya enjoys singing, speaking Spanish, and tap dancing. She frequently binges on oranges and eats straight from the watermelon, which is pretty gangster. She is a Freshman currently majoring in Unspecified Business and is interested in financial and scientific research.

Austin Joseph   Sugarland, Texas Computer Science Honors, CBHP Class of 2023  Say hello to Austin’s little friend: the Italian Stallion whose business cards are a chilling Bone with Silian Rail lettering. And if there's even a moment when the Delfonics or Jon Brion’s Punch-Drunk Love soundtrack aren’t playing in the background then Austin might not be writing poetry. Instead he also enjoys practicing stand-up sets, designing new dresses, making new choreo’s, writing original songs, and racing cars legally!

Austin Joseph
Sugarland, Texas
Computer Science Honors, CBHP
Class of 2023

Say hello to Austin’s little friend: the Italian Stallion whose business cards are a chilling Bone with Silian Rail lettering. And if there's even a moment when the Delfonics or Jon Brion’s Punch-Drunk Love soundtrack aren’t playing in the background then Austin might not be writing poetry. Instead he also enjoys practicing stand-up sets, designing new dresses, making new choreo’s, writing original songs, and racing cars legally!

Alex Swearingen   Austin, Texas Business Class of 2023  When Alex isn't waiting for the weekly Battlebots fight card to drop, you can usually find him jamming to dad-rock, watching a Tarantino movie, or destroying his friends at Smash Bros. He loves board games (namely Catan and Secret Hitler) and is always down to hit up Cane’s, Ramen Tatsu-ya, or Plucker’s (on trivia night).

Alex Swearingen
Austin, Texas
Business
Class of 2023

When Alex isn't waiting for the weekly Battlebots fight card to drop, you can usually find him jamming to dad-rock, watching a Tarantino movie, or destroying his friends at Smash Bros. He loves board games (namely Catan and Secret Hitler) and is always down to hit up Cane’s, Ramen Tatsu-ya, or Plucker’s (on trivia night).

Andrew Chang   Fairview, TX Computer Science Class of 2022  Besides his chronic boba addiction, Andrew enjoys playing basketball, shopping, and all things food--especially Gordon Ramsay. This past summer, Andrew interned as a software developer at Amazon and visited his homeland of Taiwan. He is part of the founding team of an enterprise software startup and is looking to pursue more intersections between the tech and finance worlds this school year.

Andrew Chang
Fairview, TX
Computer Science
Class of 2022

Besides his chronic boba addiction, Andrew enjoys playing basketball, shopping, and all things food--especially Gordon Ramsay. This past summer, Andrew interned as a software developer at Amazon and visited his homeland of Taiwan. He is part of the founding team of an enterprise software startup and is looking to pursue more intersections between the tech and finance worlds this school year.

Arun Krishnaraj   Dallas, TX Finance, Math, Biology Class of 2021  Arun enjoys spending his free time watching e-sports, building model kits, and drinking tea. He is a Junior majoring in Finance, Mathematics, and Computational Biology, with experience in academic research in finance. This past summer, Arun worked as a researcher at UT, with a research emphasis on asset pricing, fund performance, and capital structure.

Arun Krishnaraj
Dallas, TX
Finance, Math, Biology
Class of 2021

Arun enjoys spending his free time watching e-sports, building model kits, and drinking tea. He is a Junior majoring in Finance, Mathematics, and Computational Biology, with experience in academic research in finance. This past summer, Arun worked as a researcher at UT, with a research emphasis on asset pricing, fund performance, and capital structure.

Ethan Ohman   Hong Kong Electrical Engineering Class of 2023  Whenever Ethan isn’t on the grind, he enjoys indulging himself on his numerous interests. He can be found playing his acoustic guitar and ukulele, sketching, dreaming about skiing (snow isn’t exactly in high supply in Texas) and dunking on kids in Gregory Gym.

Ethan Ohman
Hong Kong
Electrical Engineering
Class of 2023

Whenever Ethan isn’t on the grind, he enjoys indulging himself on his numerous interests. He can be found playing his acoustic guitar and ukulele, sketching, dreaming about skiing (snow isn’t exactly in high supply in Texas) and dunking on kids in Gregory Gym.

Rahul Ramaswamy   South Brunswick, New Jersey Computer Science, Mathematics Class of 2022  Aside from academics, Rahul loves to try new food, travel, play poker, and show off his sense of fashion. He also enjoys watching new TV shows and playing the occasional game of Smash. Rahul has a diverse taste in music listening to anything from Billy Joel to Travis Scott.

Rahul Ramaswamy
South Brunswick, New Jersey
Computer Science, Mathematics
Class of 2022

Aside from academics, Rahul loves to try new food, travel, play poker, and show off his sense of fashion. He also enjoys watching new TV shows and playing the occasional game of Smash. Rahul has a diverse taste in music listening to anything from Billy Joel to Travis Scott.

Alex Nelson   Houston, Texas Business and Economics (LAH) Class of 2023  Alex hails from Houston, Texas. When he is not in class, he can be found adding to his lengthy Spotify playlists, sailing, or learning Spikeball. As a freshman he is a business and economics major. Alex spent his summer sailing and backpacking while attempting to forget about school. Ask him to grab boba at anytime of the day and you’ll get a yes.

Alex Nelson
Houston, Texas
Business and Economics (LAH)
Class of 2023

Alex hails from Houston, Texas. When he is not in class, he can be found adding to his lengthy Spotify playlists, sailing, or learning Spikeball. As a freshman he is a business and economics major. Alex spent his summer sailing and backpacking while attempting to forget about school. Ask him to grab boba at anytime of the day and you’ll get a yes.

Lucas Gates   Carrollton, Texas Computer Science Honors, CBHP Class of 2023  Lucas loves reading by turtle pond, shaving down his disc golf score, and jumping out of planes (with a parachute on). He is a freshman majoring in Computer Science Honors and Business Honors. Lucas is seeking a software engineering internship for this coming summer.

Lucas Gates
Carrollton, Texas
Computer Science Honors, CBHP
Class of 2023

Lucas loves reading by turtle pond, shaving down his disc golf score, and jumping out of planes (with a parachute on). He is a freshman majoring in Computer Science Honors and Business Honors. Lucas is seeking a software engineering internship for this coming summer.

Sitara Uppalapati   Herndon, Virginia Computer Science Honors, CBHP Class of 2023  Sitara is a dancer who loves to share her passion by teaching it to others. She also enjoys traveling and watching baking/cooking shows. She is a Freshman majoring in Computer Science Honors and Business Honors. Sitara is excited to combine her love for machine learning, data science and finance as an intelligence analyst for QMI.

Sitara Uppalapati
Herndon, Virginia
Computer Science Honors, CBHP
Class of 2023

Sitara is a dancer who loves to share her passion by teaching it to others. She also enjoys traveling and watching baking/cooking shows. She is a Freshman majoring in Computer Science Honors and Business Honors. Sitara is excited to combine her love for machine learning, data science and finance as an intelligence analyst for QMI.

Michelle Lin  Houston, Texas Accounting Class of 2022  Michelle spends her free time rock climbing, weight lifting, and re-watching New Girl. She is a Sophomore Accounting major with an interest in Actuarial Science. This past summer, Michelle interned at Aetna/CVS Health where she got an inside look into the healthcare industry.

Michelle Lin
Houston, Texas
Accounting
Class of 2022

Michelle spends her free time rock climbing, weight lifting, and re-watching New Girl. She is a Sophomore Accounting major with an interest in Actuarial Science. This past summer, Michelle interned at Aetna/CVS Health where she got an inside look into the healthcare industry.

Aten Kumar   Frisco, Texas Computer Science Class of 2023  When Aten isn’t shooting threes at Gregory Gym, you can find him supporting the Dallas Cowboys, running the poker table, or vibing to his diverse music playlists. He is a Freshman majoring in Computer Science with a keen interest in data science. Aten spent this past year conducting natural language processing research as a mentee at Capital One Auto Finance in Plano, TX.

Aten Kumar
Frisco, Texas
Computer Science
Class of 2023

When Aten isn’t shooting threes at Gregory Gym, you can find him supporting the Dallas Cowboys, running the poker table, or vibing to his diverse music playlists. He is a Freshman majoring in Computer Science with a keen interest in data science. Aten spent this past year conducting natural language processing research as a mentee at Capital One Auto Finance in Plano, TX.

Jerry Yang   Plano, TX CBHP Class of 2022  In his free time, Jerry loves to learn about philosophy, play board games with his friends, and go rock climbing. Outside of USIT, Jerry is also the Vocal Percussionist and Tenor for Fuse A Capella, so if you hear loud singing or beat boxing in the hallways, chances are it's probably him.

Jerry Yang
Plano, TX
CBHP
Class of 2022

In his free time, Jerry loves to learn about philosophy, play board games with his friends, and go rock climbing. Outside of USIT, Jerry is also the Vocal Percussionist and Tenor for Fuse A Capella, so if you hear loud singing or beat boxing in the hallways, chances are it's probably him.

Shreya Yemme   Frisco, Texas CBHP Class of 2023  Outside of the classroom, Shreya enjoys playing just about any sport, especially tennis, basketball, and volleyball and is a diehard Boston sports fan. She is a coffee enthusiast and loves to explore new coffee shops. When Shreya isn't outside, you can find her rewatching Suits or Brooklyn 99 or reading a good book. She is also always down to grab Thai food or boba, so hit her up!

Shreya Yemme
Frisco, Texas
CBHP
Class of 2023

Outside of the classroom, Shreya enjoys playing just about any sport, especially tennis, basketball, and volleyball and is a diehard Boston sports fan. She is a coffee enthusiast and loves to explore new coffee shops. When Shreya isn't outside, you can find her rewatching Suits or Brooklyn 99 or reading a good book. She is also always down to grab Thai food or boba, so hit her up!

 

Intelligence Analysts are selected during the Fall of each academic year. Those interested in applying for a position within QMI should refer to the “How to Join” section and remain engaged with the USIT and QMI websites and social media pages for recruitment events and updates.

Each Intelligence Analyst class will consist of roughly 12-16 members across all classes and majors.