Strategic Capital Group

Who We Are

The Strategic Capital Group, or SCG, is USIT's internal portfolio management group. SCG is a dedicated group of analysts that monitor investments after they have been added to the portfolio, lead the stock pitch teams, and direct small-group mentorship groups to pass on their knowledge.

SCG consists of Junior Analysts, Senior Analysts, and Portfolio Managers. SCG Junior Analysts are trained through an accelerated finance and accounting curriculum taught by the group head, the Director of Investment. Junior Analysts and other qualified members then progress to the Senior Analyst position where they mentor and teach new USIT members in Analyst Group settings. Upperclassmen SCG members can then become Portfolio Managers and run their own portfolio using a portion of USIT's funds. 

How to Join

Members of SCG are chosen through a competitive application and interview process each year. Freshmen can join at the Junior Analyst level each Fall semester. The selection process begins with resume and application submission. Individuals are then asked to attend an invitational lunch to meet the members of SCG. Applicants who advance to the next stage will be called in to interview with the Executive Board and senior SCG members. Candidates do not need to have prior financial knowledge but should demonstrate interest, work ethic, and intellectual curiosity.

USIT recruits for Junior Analysts during the beginning of the fall semester. Interested applications should attend our information sessions to gain more insight into the organization, process, and current members. All majors are welcome to apply. Details on the 2019-2020 recruitment timeline will be released in late August. Please fill out this form if you’re interested in receiving updates regarding upcoming events and our recruiting timeline.

Senior Analysts and Portfolio Managers are chosen at the end of each Spring semester through a rigorous interview process. While previous financial knowledge is not necessary to join SCG at the Junior Analyst level, applicants to Senior Analyst and Portfolio Manager positions must have demonstrated knowledge in finance through the Junior Analyst program, internships, competitions, or extensive investment team experience. 

Our Team

Director of Investment

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Nick Marchenko 
Director of Investments 
Trumbull, CT
BHP, Finance
Class of 2021
investment@usiteam.org

Nick competes on UT’s Club Tennis team, loves playing new golf courses, struggles learning how to surf, and enjoys watching movies by Quentin Tarantino. He spent the last two years studying abroad in Hong Kong, gaining experience in strategic advisory at Austin Growth Capital, and learning about private markets investing at Santé Ventures and StepStone Group. Next summer, Nick will be joining Point72 for its Academy Summer Internship in New York City.

 

Portfolio Managers

Matt Hopp   Healthcare  Nashville, TN BHP, Finance Class of 2020  Matt is a Senior majoring in Business Honors and Finance. When he’s not in the classroom or the FERC, you can find him in the nearest body of water: wakesurfing, scuba diving, or just hanging out. Matt spent this past summer at Point72’s hedge fund internship program in New York.

Matt Hopp
Healthcare
Nashville, TN
BHP, Finance
Class of 2020

Matt is a Senior majoring in Business Honors and Finance. When he’s not in the classroom or the FERC, you can find him in the nearest body of water: wakesurfing, scuba diving, or just hanging out. Matt spent this past summer at Point72’s hedge fund internship program in New York.

Harvey Cornell   Healthcare  Dallas, TX Finance Class of 2021  Harvey enjoys listening to Eminem, watching anime, and hiking in his free time. This past summer, he interned at UT's endowment, UTIMCO. He has had previous experience in investment banking and business development.

Harvey Cornell
Healthcare
Dallas, TX
Finance
Class of 2021

Harvey enjoys listening to Eminem, watching anime, and hiking in his free time. This past summer, he interned at UT's endowment, UTIMCO. He has had previous experience in investment banking and business development.

Arun Krishnaraj   Healthcare  Dallas, TX Finance, Math, Biology Class of 2021  Arun spends his free time assembling model kits, drinking unsweetened tea, or training for strength sports. Arun is a Junior hoping to pursue a career in academic finance. He spent this summer at UT’s Finance department performing research on crypto markets.

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

Arun spends his free time assembling model kits, drinking unsweetened tea, or training for strength sports. Arun is a Junior hoping to pursue a career in academic finance. He spent this summer at UT’s Finance department performing research on crypto markets.

Juan Mogollon   Special Situations Katy, TX Finance Class of 2020  Juan likes to spend his time discovering wing restaurants on a national scale and catching up on the newest TV hits. His career interests include distressed securities, hostile takeovers, and cost-cutting transactions. He has spent the past two summers at Bank of America Merrill Lynch NY and Evercore NY in investment banking.

Juan Mogollon
Special Situations
Katy, TX
Finance
Class of 2020

Juan likes to spend his time discovering wing restaurants on a national scale and catching up on the newest TV hits. His career interests include distressed securities, hostile takeovers, and cost-cutting transactions. He has spent the past two summers at Bank of America Merrill Lynch NY and Evercore NY in investment banking.

Ananya Rajesh   Special Situations  Dallas, TX BHP, Finance Class of 2020  Ananya enjoys yoga, visiting art museums, and watch Curb your Enthusiam. Ananya is a BHP/Plan II student minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. She has interned in the private equity group of Vista Equity Partners and Evercore’s investment banking division in New York.

Ananya Rajesh
Special Situations
Dallas, TX
BHP, Finance
Class of 2020

Ananya enjoys yoga, visiting art museums, and watch Curb your Enthusiam. Ananya is a BHP/Plan II student minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. She has interned in the private equity group of Vista Equity Partners and Evercore’s investment banking division in New York.

Vibhav Joopelli   Special Situations Houston, TX BHP, Finance, Plan II Class of 2020  In his free time, you can find Vibhav playing ultimate frisbee at Clark Field or frequenting the Taco Bell Cantina on Guad, a place he calls his second home. Vibhav spent his past two summers interning with Perella Weinberg Partners in Denver and Goldman Sachs in their Special Situations Group based out of Dallas.

Vibhav Joopelli
Special Situations
Houston, TX
BHP, Finance, Plan II
Class of 2020

In his free time, you can find Vibhav playing ultimate frisbee at Clark Field or frequenting the Taco Bell Cantina on Guad, a place he calls his second home. Vibhav spent his past two summers interning with Perella Weinberg Partners in Denver and Goldman Sachs in their Special Situations Group based out of Dallas.

Basel Cheema   Industrials / Natural Resources Plano, TX Finance Class of 2021  Basel enjoys reading mystery novels, playing soccer, and popularizing slang that he "borrows" from people cooler than him. This past summer, he interned at UTIMCO - UT's endowment fund - where he worked primarily with the private equity and natural resources groups. Previously, he has also worked in FinTech and boutique investment banking.

Basel Cheema
Industrials / Natural Resources
Plano, TX
Finance
Class of 2021

Basel enjoys reading mystery novels, playing soccer, and popularizing slang that he "borrows" from people cooler than him. This past summer, he interned at UTIMCO - UT's endowment fund - where he worked primarily with the private equity and natural resources groups. Previously, he has also worked in FinTech and boutique investment banking.

Eddie Wu   Industrials / Natural Resources  Plano, TX Finance Class of 2021  Eddie spends his free time either reading cool action novels or contorting his body at dance practice. Furthermore, Eddie enjoys devouring dumplings of any kind (among many other foods), and wishes to experience different cultures worldwide. This past summer, he interned as an investment banking summer analyst at pHpartners, a boutique bank located in Austin.

Eddie Wu
Industrials / Natural Resources
Plano, TX
Finance
Class of 2021

Eddie spends his free time either reading cool action novels or contorting his body at dance practice. Furthermore, Eddie enjoys devouring dumplings of any kind (among many other foods), and wishes to experience different cultures worldwide. This past summer, he interned as an investment banking summer analyst at pHpartners, a boutique bank located in Austin.

Kyle Granger   Industrials / Natural Resources  Austin, TX Finance Class of 2021  Kyle enjoys all Texas has to offer from hunting and fishing to trendy restaurants and outdoor venues. He is a Junior majoring in Finance with hopes of pursuing a career in finance. Kyle has worked for PwC in Prague as a data analytics consultant and for Venado Oil & Gas as a finance intern.

Kyle Granger
Industrials / Natural Resources
Austin, TX
Finance
Class of 2021

Kyle enjoys all Texas has to offer from hunting and fishing to trendy restaurants and outdoor venues. He is a Junior majoring in Finance with hopes of pursuing a career in finance. Kyle has worked for PwC in Prague as a data analytics consultant and for Venado Oil & Gas as a finance intern.

Dhruv Dhuper   Emerging Markets  Spring, TX BHP, Finance Class of 2021  Dhruv enjoys playing ping pong, eating half-burned avocado toast, and anxiously anticipating the Game of Thrones prequel series. Last summer, Dhruv interned at Micron Technology, and has previously worked with a real estate firm and a local fintech startup.

Dhruv Dhuper
Emerging Markets
Spring, TX
BHP, Finance
Class of 2021

Dhruv enjoys playing ping pong, eating half-burned avocado toast, and anxiously anticipating the Game of Thrones prequel series. Last summer, Dhruv interned at Micron Technology, and has previously worked with a real estate firm and a local fintech startup.

Pranidhi Dadhaniya   Emerging Markets Sugar Land, TX BHP, Finance Class of 2020  Outside of the classroom, Pranidhi is passionate about yoga, fashion, and cooking. Pranidhi is a Business Honors and Finance senior who spent the past two summers as an investment banking intern at J.P. Morgan in New York.

Pranidhi Dadhaniya
Emerging Markets
Sugar Land, TX
BHP, Finance
Class of 2020

Outside of the classroom, Pranidhi is passionate about yoga, fashion, and cooking. Pranidhi is a Business Honors and Finance senior who spent the past two summers as an investment banking intern at J.P. Morgan in New York.

Prakruti Govindacharyula   Emerging Markets  Plano, TX Finance Class of 2021  Prakruti enjoys listening to foreign folk music, watching standup comedy, learning about languages, and pranking her sister. She is a Junior pursuing a major in Finance and a minor in Russian. Last summer, she interned at Austin Growth Capital, a middle-market advisory firm headquartered in Austin.

Prakruti Govindacharyula
Emerging Markets
Plano, TX
Finance
Class of 2021

Prakruti enjoys listening to foreign folk music, watching standup comedy, learning about languages, and pranking her sister. She is a Junior pursuing a major in Finance and a minor in Russian. Last summer, she interned at Austin Growth Capital, a middle-market advisory firm headquartered in Austin.

Peter Huang   Emerging Markets  Plano, TX BHP, Math, Economics, Plan II Class of 2021  In his free time, Peter likes to play/watch soccer, follow Asian-Americans in media, and cultivate the finest playlists for his  Spotify empire  (make sure to follow him!). He is a Junior looking to pursue a career in studying macroeconomic trends and applying them to financial markets. He spent this last summer as a research assistant for UT’s Finance department.

Peter Huang
Emerging Markets
Plano, TX
BHP, Math, Economics, Plan II
Class of 2021

In his free time, Peter likes to play/watch soccer, follow Asian-Americans in media, and cultivate the finest playlists for his Spotify empire (make sure to follow him!). He is a Junior looking to pursue a career in studying macroeconomic trends and applying them to financial markets. He spent this last summer as a research assistant for UT’s Finance department.

Zander van Geenen   Tech, Media, and Telecom / Quantitative Market Intelligence  Dallas, TX BHP, Finance Class of 2021  Zander enjoys playing soccer and the saxophone, but not at the same time. In addition, he spends his free time building PCs. He is a Junior majoring in Business Honors and Finance. Over the past two summers, Zander has interned at a middle-market investment bank in Austin and a hedge fund in Dallas.

Zander van Geenen
Tech, Media, and Telecom / Quantitative Market Intelligence
Dallas, TX
BHP, Finance
Class of 2021

Zander enjoys playing soccer and the saxophone, but not at the same time. In addition, he spends his free time building PCs. He is a Junior majoring in Business Honors and Finance. Over the past two summers, Zander has interned at a middle-market investment bank in Austin and a hedge fund in Dallas.

Eric Chen   Tech, Media, and Telecom  Biography coming soon.

Eric Chen
Tech, Media, and Telecom

Biography coming soon.

Tom Yan    Tech, Media, and Telecom  Acton, MA BHP, Finance Class of 2021  Tom enjoys ultimate frisbee, solo traveling, and discovering new music on Spotify. Tom is a senior majoring in finance with an accounting minor. This past summer, he interned at JP Morgan in San Francisco after spending two weeks in Australia. His professional interests include sustainable financing, fintech, and emerging technologies.

Tom Yan
Tech, Media, and Telecom
Acton, MA
BHP, Finance
Class of 2021

Tom enjoys ultimate frisbee, solo traveling, and discovering new music on Spotify. Tom is a senior majoring in finance with an accounting minor. This past summer, he interned at JP Morgan in San Francisco after spending two weeks in Australia. His professional interests include sustainable financing, fintech, and emerging technologies.

Alan Shaw   Tech, Media, and Telecom Austin, TX BHP, Finance, Plan II Class of 2020  Alan enjoys visiting art museums, trying out new recipes, and testing his luck at the poker table. Alan is a Senior Business Honors, Finance, and Plan II major with experience in public and private equity investing. This summer, he worked at Evercore New York as an investment banking intern.

Alan Shaw
Tech, Media, and Telecom
Austin, TX
BHP, Finance, Plan II
Class of 2020

Alan enjoys visiting art museums, trying out new recipes, and testing his luck at the poker table. Alan is a Senior Business Honors, Finance, and Plan II major with experience in public and private equity investing. This summer, he worked at Evercore New York as an investment banking intern.

Aaron Raj   Tech, Media, and Telecom Plano, TX Finance Class of 2020  Aaron is passionate about basketball, politics, movies, live comedy, Harry Potter, and inequality. With previous experience in investment banking and private equity, he spent this summer interning with J.P. Morgan’s wealth management division in Chicago. Also, if you ever hear someone say "Adraj" and have no idea who on Earth they're talking about, it's him.

Aaron Raj
Tech, Media, and Telecom
Plano, TX
Finance
Class of 2020

Aaron is passionate about basketball, politics, movies, live comedy, Harry Potter, and inequality. With previous experience in investment banking and private equity, he spent this summer interning with J.P. Morgan’s wealth management division in Chicago. Also, if you ever hear someone say "Adraj" and have no idea who on Earth they're talking about, it's him.

Catherine Cheng   Quantitative Market Intelligence  Austin, TX BHP, Finance Class of 2020  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.

Catherine Cheng
Quantitative Market Intelligence
Austin, TX
BHP, Finance
Class of 2020

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   Quantitative Market Intelligence  Allen, TX BHP, Finance, Mathematics  Class of 2020  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
Quantitative Market Intelligence
Allen, TX
BHP, Finance, Mathematics
Class of 2020

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.

Jessica Huang    Quantitative Market Intelligence  Frisco, TX BHP, Computer Science Honors  Class of 2021  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
Quantitative Market Intelligence
Frisco, TX
BHP, Computer Science Honors
Class of 2021

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    Quantitative Market Intelligence  Austin, TX ECE Class of 2020  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
Quantitative Market Intelligence
Austin, TX
ECE
Class of 2020

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.

 
 
 

senior Analysts

Nishant Aranke   Sugar Land, TX Unspecified Business Class of 2022  Nishant is a freshman looking to study finance and economics. His interests include scuba diving, music (playing the guitar), politics/global affairs, and binge-watching The Office.

Nishant Aranke
Sugar Land, TX
Unspecified Business
Class of 2022

Nishant is a freshman looking to study finance and economics. His interests include scuba diving, music (playing the guitar), politics/global affairs, and binge-watching The Office.

Arvind Arunachalam    Dallas, TX Finance  Class of 2022  Arvind enjoys playing tennis, reading mystery novels, and watching standup comedy. He is pursuing a major in Finance and an MIS minor with the goal of eventually entering a career in finance related to the healthcare or technology markets. He interned this past summer at a firm which focused on cash flow forecasting and accounting for small businesses.

Arvind Arunachalam
Dallas, TX
Finance
Class of 2022

Arvind enjoys playing tennis, reading mystery novels, and watching standup comedy. He is pursuing a major in Finance and an MIS minor with the goal of eventually entering a career in finance related to the healthcare or technology markets. He interned this past summer at a firm which focused on cash flow forecasting and accounting for small businesses.

Lily Chao   Sugar Land, TX Finance Class of 2022  Lily spends her free time playing basketball, football, and poker games. She has played the harp for eight years and once performed at Carnegie Hall. She spent the past summer studying Business Law and Law of the European Union at the University of Edinburgh, which provided her firsthand insight in to the Brexit situation.

Lily Chao
Sugar Land, TX
Finance
Class of 2022

Lily spends her free time playing basketball, football, and poker games. She has played the harp for eight years and once performed at Carnegie Hall. She spent the past summer studying Business Law and Law of the European Union at the University of Edinburgh, which provided her firsthand insight in to the Brexit situation.

Warren Chen   Plano, TX Finance Class of 2022  Warren enjoys reading light novels, watching psychology documentaries, and traveling (he has five states left in his journey to explore the US). He is a sophomore finance major with experience in investment banking and consulting. Warren spent this past summer interning at an Austin middle-market advisory firm.

Warren Chen
Plano, TX
Finance
Class of 2022

Warren enjoys reading light novels, watching psychology documentaries, and traveling (he has five states left in his journey to explore the US). He is a sophomore finance major with experience in investment banking and consulting. Warren spent this past summer interning at an Austin middle-market advisory firm.

Marshall Comeaux   Dallas, TX BHP, Plan II, Finance  Class of 2022  Marshall enjoys spending his free time playing ping-pong, devouring episodes of Mad Men, perusing the poetry of T.S. Eliot, and attempting to convince his friends that not all lobbyists are evil. He spent his summer learning how to cook spaghetti while studying international business in Buenos Aires.

Marshall Comeaux
Dallas, TX
BHP, Plan II, Finance
Class of 2022

Marshall enjoys spending his free time playing ping-pong, devouring episodes of Mad Men, perusing the poetry of T.S. Eliot, and attempting to convince his friends that not all lobbyists are evil. He spent his summer learning how to cook spaghetti while studying international business in Buenos Aires.

Jerry Yang   Plano, TX BHP 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
BHP
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.

Victor Li    Houston, TX BHP, Finance  Class of 2022  Victor enjoys spending time with family, playing with puppies, and exploring Austin’s barbecue scene. He also happens to be a little too much into poker. This past summer, Victor toured the streets of Argentina in search of the best empanada. He hopes to pursue a career along the intersections of tech and finance.

Victor Li
Houston, TX
BHP, Finance
Class of 2022

Victor enjoys spending time with family, playing with puppies, and exploring Austin’s barbecue scene. He also happens to be a little too much into poker. This past summer, Victor toured the streets of Argentina in search of the best empanada. He hopes to pursue a career along the intersections of tech and finance.

Jack Shen    Austin, TX Finance  Class of 2022  Jack enjoys reading historical fiction novels, following NBA basketball, and traveling. He is majoring in Finance and interested in Governmental policy. This past summer, he interned at a short activist hedge fund and is interested in the healthcare industry.

Jack Shen
Austin, TX
Finance
Class of 2022

Jack enjoys reading historical fiction novels, following NBA basketball, and traveling. He is majoring in Finance and interested in Governmental policy. This past summer, he interned at a short activist hedge fund and is interested in the healthcare industry.

Jeffrey Yu      Coppell, TX Finance  Class of 2022  Jeffrey is a sophomore who loves to spend his time playing ultimate frisbee, exploring Austin’s hiking trails, and making bad sports bets. This past summer, he interned at Quake Capital – an Austin based VC firm, where he worked as a Junior Venture Associate. In the future, Jeffrey hopes to pursue a career in quantitative finance.

Jeffrey Yu
Coppell, TX
Finance
Class of 2022

Jeffrey is a sophomore who loves to spend his time playing ultimate frisbee, exploring Austin’s hiking trails, and making bad sports bets. This past summer, he interned at Quake Capital – an Austin based VC firm, where he worked as a Junior Venture Associate. In the future, Jeffrey hopes to pursue a career in quantitative finance.

Jerry Zhang   Katy, TX Finance  Class of 2022  Jerry enjoys watching movies, binging David Dobrik vlogs, and listening to old Taylor Swift albums. You can find him at Teji’s late at night enjoying a bowl of chicken tikka masala. He is a sophomore majoring in finance and spent the summer interning at an Austin-based venture capital firm.

Jerry Zhang
Katy, TX
Finance
Class of 2022

Jerry enjoys watching movies, binging David Dobrik vlogs, and listening to old Taylor Swift albums. You can find him at Teji’s late at night enjoying a bowl of chicken tikka masala. He is a sophomore majoring in finance and spent the summer interning at an Austin-based venture capital firm.

 
 

Junior Analysts

We are looking for new Junior Analysts for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year! Applications will open in late August. Please fill out this form if you’re interested in receiving updates regarding upcoming events and our recruiting timeline.