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Pietro Toscano

Pietro Toscano
MFE 09

Director, Senior Investment Risk Manager
BlackRock
San Francisco, California

Internship:
Barclays Global Investors
San Francisco, California

Previous degrees:
BS, Engineering
University of Pisa, Italy

PhD, Information Engineering
University of Pisa, Italy

 

"Once I realized that I wanted to work in finance, I talked to friends on Wall Street, who recommended the Berkeley MFE Program. The program's rankings and the 100% record for internship placement and strong employment record confirmed that Haas was the program for me."

"By the time I interviewed for my internship, my Haas classes had given me enough knowledge of the basic concepts that finance practitioners use on the job that I was able to answer the interviewers' questions. Having never worked in finance before, that was very satisfying."

"Having practitioners teach some classes breaks down the barrier that you sometimes get between academics and the real world. They can talk about the theories, but they also show us how the theories play out every day in the markets and in their offices. In a fast-evolving marketplace, new models are being tested all the time. The Haas professors kept us abreast of those innovations — especially those that the professors themselves developed."

"Berkeley MFE students represent a broad spectrum of experience and cultures. When we worked on team projects, everyone shared their skills and know-how, everyone playing to his individual strength."

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