BlackRock Info Session
Speakers: Bradley J. Betts, Managing Director and Ursula Gritsch, Vice President
Date: October 17, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Gates Building, Rm 219
Lunch will be served!
Get to Know BlackRock’s Knowledge Discovery Team (KDT)
Come and join representatives from BlackRock's Knowledge Discovery Team. Find out how we use methods from machine learning, statistics, convex optimization, and advanced computing to invest $90 billion on behalf of our clients.
BlackRock is the world's largest asset manager with over $5 trillion in assets under management and as part of it, the Knowledge Discovery Team is a small but diverse team of computer scientists, engineers and algorithm designers working along financial experts to generate superior returns for our clients. Current employees will be in attendance to talk about their personal experience within the group and at the firm in general, and answer questions regarding the application process.
Bradley J. Betts, PhD, Managing Director, is a member of the Global Equity Research team within BlackRock's Scientific Active Equity group. He focuses on the use of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing for generating alpha.
Dr. Betts' service with the firm dates back to 2008, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Prior to joining BGI, Dr. Betts was a Scientist at Quantcast where he developed statistical models using large data sets for behavioral targeting of online advertising. Prior to that, he was a Principal Computer Scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, a Lecturer and Research Scientist in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, and a Member of the Technical Staff at the MITRE Corporation.
Dr. Betts is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He earned a BASc degree in computer engineering from the University of Waterloo, a MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Ursula Gritsch, Vice President and investment analyst, is a member of the Global Equity Research team in BlackRock’s Scientific Active Equity division. Her responsibilities include research and development of analytical tools for scientific active investing, in particular related to portfolio construction and performance analytics questions.
Dr. Gritsch's service with the firm dates back to 2005, including her years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, she was first an investment analytics analyst in the Quantitative Investment Processes Group, then both in the Proprietary Analytics and Trading Research Group. Prior to joining BGI, she was a senior associate with MSCI/BARRA and a financial engineer with FEA.
Dr. Gritsch earned a combined BS/MSc degree in mathematics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a PhD in mathematics from Stanford University.