Academics

Meet the Team

Spring 2014 UMass Boston Student Managed Fund

Arindam Bandopadhyaya – Faculty Advisor

Dr. Arindam Bandopadhyaya is the Chairman and Professor of Finance in the Accounting and Finance Department at UMass Boston.  He is also the Director of the College of Management’s Financial Services Forum (FSF).  A two-time recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Research, Dr. Bandopadhyaya has published in journals like the Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Review of Economics and Statistics.  He has contributed chapters to many practitioner oriented books.  He has presented his work at national and international conferences like the Financial Management Association, European Finance Association and European Economic Association.

Dr. Bandopadhyaya has disseminated research reports of the FSF at the Boston Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  He also uses the FSF as a platform for financial literacy seminars and a seminar series which includes top industry specialists in various industries of the financial services sector.

Dr. Bandopadhyaya teaches courses in the areas of corporate finance, international finance and managerial economics.  Currently, he teaches a course in which students manage a portfolio of funds for a client and a course in which students have an opportunity to travel to India.  He organizes field trips for his students to the State Street Trading Room, the Fidelity Stock Chart Room and the New York Stock Exchange.  He has received coveted teaching awards in the College of Management, including “Professor of the Year Award” and the Betty Diener Award for Teaching Excellence.  Most recently, in 2013 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award, awarded by the Undergraduate Student Government, for “Distinguished Academic Leadership and Outstanding Service to the Students of UMass Boston” and the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Brent Winnie - President

Brent Winnie is a senior who has double majored in finance and economics, and completing extra mathematics courses. The fascination with how individuals/firms/states acquire, utilize, and manage their assets is what drove him to economics and finance. He is currently a State Street Scholar intern, and was the Vice President of Scholarship and Awards, for the Xi Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Brent continues to employ and develop the leadership and interpersonal skills acquired while in the military. He has a strong work ethic, and the ability to work under pressure while still applying logic and reason. He actively invests on his own, and this is his third semester involved with the SMF. Upon graduation he plans enter the financial industry as an analyst. Later, he plans to complete a master in financial engineering, master in finance, or an MBA concentrating in finance. Brent is currently a 2014 CFA level 1 candidate, and will sit for the exam in June.

Nicole Hamilton - Executive Vice President

Nicole Hamilton is a senior finance and economics major that is also pursuing a clean energy and sustainability minor. She is also involved with Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity and currently holds a position as Vice President of Chapter Operations. Nicole launched the Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter at UMass Boston. The chapter is currently undertaking a project to increase campus sustainability. After graduation Nicole plans to seek professional experience before going to graduate school to study environmental economics.

David Callahan – Vice President

David Callahan is a senior at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the College of Management with a concentration in finance. He was born in Cambridge Massachusetts and is anticipating graduation in the summer of 2014. He has been following the stock market since the age of thirteen. He is Bloomberg certified. David currently works in Business development and has recently co-founded a start-up. Upon graduation he plans on pursuing the CFA designation and possibly get an MBA with a concentration in finance. After academia David plans to pursue a career in Finance.

Mousa Musa – Vice President

Mousa Musa is an International student from Iraq enrolled in the finance program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. As a multiple Dean’s list student, Mousa has placed in multiple honor societies on campus. Aside from academic accomplishments, Mousa is an international youth activist who received distinction as a Three Dot Dash Peace Ambassador and British Council Global Changemaker for his Humanitarian efforts in Iraq. Mousa has participated in multiple international conferences such as TEDx Teen (2010), The World Economic Forum in Davos (2010), and The World Bank Youth Summit. Upon graduation Mousa is planning to gain experience in portfolio management before pursuing a law degree.

Gaelle Denize – Economist

Gaelle Denize wants to be at the forefront of the research community in finance and economics, a movement that in essence is the reason why she is expected to graduate May 2014 from University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and minor in economics. Upon graduation she hopes to work as a research associate with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Her long-term goal is to perform research in public economics and/or the bond and stock market at a PhD level. Professionally she wants to teach at a university level.

Jora George Stepanian - Economist

Jora George Stepanian is a senior, who has majored in economics with minors in mathematics and finance. He has had passion for financial markets from a young age and has been trading stocks for over three years, with average rate of return of 45%. In addition to being a full time student, George is also working full time as a staff accountant. George is recognized among his peers for his logic, ambition and ability to work under pressure. He has been named on the dean’s list for six consecutive semesters for his outstanding academic achievements. Upon graduation he plans to pursue a CIA and an MBA with concentrations in accounting and statistics.

Vicky Fan - Fund Accountant

Vicky Fan is a senior from the College of Management and is majoring in accounting with a concentration in finance. Vicky feels very happy to have this good opportunity to gain real experience with the management of real assets, and to work with the other members in the Student Managed Fund. She is interested in trading stocks. After graduation in August of 2014, she plans to find a job that concentrates in accounting or finance, is considering in getting her CPA and a masters program.

Mulu Yohannis - Fund Accountant

Mulu Yohannis is a junior in the College of Management, concentrating in both accounting and finance. He works very hard and is expecting to graduate in May of 2015. He is very happy to join the Student Managed Fund, study and work with other members. He is excited to be getting great and real experience for his future profession. Currently he is working full time and is also a full time student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In the future he is planning to work in the financial industry and to work on his CPA.

Christopher Aviles – Fund Accountant

Christopher Aviles is a senior in the college of management pursuing a double concentration in accounting and finance. He is expecting to graduate in May of 2014. He enjoys the accounting field and plans on pursuing a CPA and CMA after graduation. He plans on seeking employment in the public sector as a cost accountant, where his passion lies, then possibly transitioning into the private sector.

Teori Shaw – Fund Accountant

Teori Shaw is a junior at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and is majoring in management concentrating in accounting. She is currently a receptionist at a nonprofit, and is acting as a finance and human resources administrator. Previously she spent several years interning at a community center under the public information manager. In addition, she is VITA/ TCE certified. She is very eager to work with her peers in the Student Managed Fund.

Jay Gandhi – Secretary

Jay Gandhi is a senior at University of Massachusetts Boston and is majoring in management with concentrations in finance and management. He is in the process of becoming Bloomberg proficient. He has a true passion for financial markets and has been actively trading stocks and options for himself. He works full time, and is a full time student at the university. He will be graduating in May 2014, and plans on pursuing CFA designation and MBA upon graduation.