|[December 21, 2012]
Robert Litzenberger Selected as the Recipient of the 2012 IAFE/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year Award
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
The International Association of Financial Engineers (www.iafe.org)
and SunGard (http://www.sungard.com)
today announced Robert Litzenberger, Professor Emeritus at the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Director at RGM Advisors,
and a retired Goldman Sachs partner has been named the 2012 IAFE/SunGard
Financial Engineer of the Year (FEOY). The award will be presented to
Dr. Litzenberger on February 7, 2013, at the newly opened Museum of
Mathematics in New York City, during the IAFE/SunGard FEOY Award Gala
Commenting on his 2012 FEOY award, Dr. Litzenberger said, "It is an
unexpected honor to receive this recognition. Interaction with many
academic and professional colleagues as well as students has nurtured
and enriched my academic and professional life. I am particularly
pleased to follow in the footsteps of so many of my former colleagues at
Stanford, Wharton and Goldman Sachs."
Brian Traquair, group segment president of SunGard's capital markets
business, said, "Robert Litzenberger's work in the area of derivatives
has been heavily influential in establishing the form in which the
Black-Scholes-Merton (BSM) frameworks have been used in practice. Naming
him the 2012 Financial Engineer of the Year recognizes this significant
contribution to the industry. SunGard has sponsored this award for many
years, and we continue to be very proud to play a part in recognizing
the work of pioneers such as Dr. Litzenberger."
The annual IAFE/SunGard FEOY Award, established in 1993, recognizes
individual contributions to the advancement of financial engineering
technology. Nominations are submitted by a nominating committee of
approximately 100 people, consisting of all the IAFE governing boards.
They are then reviewed in a two step process by a selection committee of
25 members, including the IAFE board of directors and senior fellows.
This year's selection committee was chaired by Dr. Peter Carr, an IAFE
senior fellow and the 2010 FEOY award winner.
About Robert Litzenberger
Bob Litzenberger is Professor Emeritus at the Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania, and a Fellow of the American Financ
Association. Bob currently serves as a consultant and board member of
RGM Advisors, a high speed electronic trading firm.
After receiving his PhD. from UNC, Chapel Hill, Bob started his academic
career at Carnegie-Mellon University. The following year, he joined the
faculty of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where
he eventually became C.O.G. Miller Distinguished Professor of Finance.
At Stanford, he was very active teaching and advising PhD students. In
1986, he joined the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of
Pennsylvania as the Edward Hopkinson Professor of Investment Banking.
While on leave from Wharton, Bob served as Director of Research and
Chief Economist at AIG-Financial Products and served on its Board of
Directors. Upon returning to Wharton, he established a course in
Bob joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 as Director of Derivative Research and
Quantitative Modeling in the Fixed Income Division. In 1998 he became
Firm-wide Risk Manager and was actively involved in Goldman's assessment
of Long Term Capital's portfolio. Bob became a Partner in 1999 and
retired from an active role in late 2001.
From 2002 to 2007 he served as an Executive Director of Azimuth Trust, a
fund-of-funds for hedge funds. While at Azimuth he developed an
analytical risk and allocation system that accounted for the fat tails
associated with financial crises.
Bob was named Risk Manager of the Year by Risk Magazine in 2001 and
inducted into their Risk Hall of Fame in 2003. He is a former president
of both the American Finance Association and Western Finance
Association. He has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of
Financial Economics, the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial
Quantitative Analysis. Bob has co-authored a doctoral level textbook on
financial economics and published more than 50 articles in the leading
academic finance journals, many of which were co-authored with former
Bob has two grown sons and three grandchildren. He lives with his wife,
Amy and two younger sons in the middle of a large forest in Pike County,
Previous Award Recipients
Dr. Litzenberger joins a prestigious list of recipients of the
IAFE/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year Award. They include: Robert
Engle, Peter Carr, Richard Roll, Bob Litterman, Jack Treynor, Jim
Simons, Phelim Boyle, Oldrich Alfons Vasicek, Darrell Duffie, Jonathan
Ingersoll, Andrew Lo, Emanuel Derman, John Hull, John. Cox, Robert
Merton, Fischer Black, Mark Rubinstein, Stephen Ross (News - Alert), and Robert Jarrow.
Myron Scholes received a lifetime achievement award in 2001.
About the International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE)
The IAFE is the not-for-profit, professional society dedicated to
fostering the profession of quantitative finance by providing platforms
to discuss cutting-edge and pivotal issues in the field. Founded in
1992, the IAFE is composed of individual academics and practitioners
from banks, broker dealers, hedge funds, pension funds, asset managers,
technology firms, regulators, accounting, consulting and law firms, and
universities across the globe.
Through frank discussions of current policy issues, sponsoring programs
to educate the financial community and recognizing the outstanding
achievements in the field, the IAFE acts as a beacon for the development
of quantitative finance. Throughout its history, the IAFE´s pre-eminent
leadership has positioned it to respond with savvy to the evolving needs
of the financial engineering community. The IAFE´s programs - from
area-specific committees to monthly panel discussions to the Financial
Engineer of the Year Award - are designed to provide its members with
uniquely valuable activities to enhance their work in the field and
opportunities to network and socialize with their colleagues.
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