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Master of Financial Engineering Program

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Rhett Brewer

Rhett Brewer
MFE 11

Full time:
Vice President
Market Risk Modeling
Goldman Sachs
New York, New York

Internship:
Goldman Sachs
New York, New York

Previous degrees:
BS, Chemical Engineering
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

MS, Applied Physics
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

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"My experience in the high-tech industry was that projects required long lead times and tended to be capital intensive. The finance industry is more fluid and dynamic; you see the results of your work so much sooner."

"At Berkeley, it is obvious that a lot of thought and planning went into designing an MFE program that gives students exactly what they need to prepare for careers in the finance industry."

"The Berkeley MFE program is really market-oriented, geared to the needs of the finance industry. My classes gave me a big head start on my internship by teaching me an approach to problem-solving. We learned how to chop problems up and solve them piece by piece."

"Our professors know their subjects inside out. Even though they may have been teaching the same subject for a while, they are still excited about their subjects. That excitement is contagious."

"The primer classes I took to prepare for the MFE program were offered online, with e-mail access to the teachers. That kind of innovation is consistent with the Haas approach to learning."

"The Berkeley MFE program is broad-based and balanced, so I know I will be prepared for whatever turns the financial industry takes in the future."

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