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.

While participation in SCG and QMI are not mutually exclusive, we highly discourage freshmen from committing to both the Junior Analyst and Intelligence Analyst positions given the stringent time requirements of both roles. However, applicants should feel free to apply to both programs. In fact, we encourage all members interested in engaging with USIT in a more involved manner to apply for membership into both groups.

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.

Details on the 2019-2020 recruitment timeline will be released in late August.

Our Team

Executive directors

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Catherine Cheng
Austin, TX
BHP, 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, a global quantitative trading firm, her Junior summer, she returned to New York and joined Evercore’s M&A Group in 2019.

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

Eric likes morning runs, diet soda, and trying vegan food. He is a Business Honors, Finance, and Math Senior and has experience in investment banking and corporate finance. Eric has experience in both Boise, Idaho where he reviewed potato products and interned at Micron Technology in the treasury and finance strategy groups and Dallas, Texas where he acted as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.

 

Directors of technology & finance

Jessica Huang  | Director of Technology Frisco, TX BHP, Computer Science (Turing) Class of 2021  Jessica enjoys traveling, drawing, watching reruns of Friends, and laughing at terrible puns. She is a Junior majoring in BHP and computer science and is looking forward to exploring her interests in artificial intelligence, algorithmic trading, and collecting funny socks. She spent the past summer studying abroad in Hong Kong.

Jessica Huang | Director of Technology
Frisco, TX
BHP, Computer Science (Turing)
Class of 2021

Jessica enjoys traveling, drawing, watching reruns of Friends, and laughing at terrible puns. She is a Junior majoring in BHP and computer science and is looking forward to exploring her interests in artificial intelligence, algorithmic trading, and collecting funny socks. She spent the past summer studying abroad in Hong Kong.

Wesley Klock  | Director of Technology Austin, TX Electrical and Computer Engineering Class of 2020  Wesley Klock enjoys

Wesley Klock | Director of Technology
Austin, TX
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Class of 2020

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Zander van Geenen  | Director of Finance Dallas, TX BHP, Finance Class of 2021  Zander enjoys playing soccer and the saxophone, but not at the same time. In addition, he enjoys building PCs. He is a Junior majoring in Business Honors and Finance. Over the summer, Zander interned at a middle-market investment bank in Austin.

Zander van Geenen | Director of Finance
Dallas, TX
BHP, Finance
Class of 2021

Zander enjoys playing soccer and the saxophone, but not at the same time. In addition, he enjoys building PCs. He is a Junior majoring in Business Honors and Finance. Over the summer, Zander interned at a middle-market investment bank in Austin.

 

Intelligence analysts

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.