Published: Nov. 4, 2022

From Business at Leeds 2022 | Full issue

Diego Alvarez poses in downtown Manhattan near the World Trade Center.

Diego Alvarez stands in lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center. He took advantage of Leeds resources to further his passion for quantitative finance.

Diego Alvarez walks the streets of lower Manhattan.When the Rustandy Building opened its doors in 2021, we knew that the fusion of the engineering and business schools would ignite exceptional opportunities for students. One year later, we wanted to see what that looked like. Here are a few stories that caught our eye.

Diego Alvarez (Math, Econ’22) didn’t major in business or engineering­—but he works in both areas now. Back in fifth grade, his fascination with quantum physics evolved into a lifelong passion for quantitative finance—a mix of business and science. 

While at CU Boulder, he used what he learned from elective math courses at the College of Engineering and Applied Science in his work at the Bloomberg Lab and Leeds’ Burridge Center for Finance. There, he joined the Leeds Investment Trading Group and started CU Quants, a group for quantitative people interested in finance. 

Now living in New York City, he’s found an ideal balance between the disciplines as a data scientist at a hedge fund.

“Almost everything I learned in the Stochastic Finance course at the engineering school, I use in my work today,” he said.

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