Liang Wu


1.  What interested you in the doctoral program in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics at Notre Dame?

The combination of applied mathematics and statistics: the various courses offered in the program and the discussion with faculty and students from different backgrounds broadened my horizon.

2.  What was the best part of the program?

Everyone in the department is very nice and willing to help and give advice.

3.  Tell us about your doctoral thesis.

My doctoral thesis is on a class of numerical methods for solving partial differential equations: more specifically, high order fast iterative methods for steady state of hyperbolic partial differential equations.
 4.  What are you working on now?

I am now working in the quantitative strategies department at Credit Suisse, building mathematical models for financial products, analyzing bank portfolios and providing trading desk support.

5.  How did the program prepare you for your career?

The program offers comprehensive and solid courses in applied mathematics and scientific computing, from which I was able to build a strong foundation for my quantitative/mathematical skills. The ACMS Department also provides various courses in mathematical finance. After finishing the required coursework and research, I took several courses in this area outside my areas of interest and gained the knowledge of quantitative finance.

6. What are your career plans for the near future?

I would like to develop myself to become an expert in the area of quantitative finance, learn as much as I can and eventually become a lead and mentor.

7.  What advice would you give to students considering the program?

Notre Dame has great resources for you to succeed. Always plan ahead and be well prepared for your career.