Dong Ba graduated from Emory University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with concentration in Finance. He received the Deborah Jackson Award from the Math Department and was selected to be a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. During his undergraduate study, Dong developed a keen interest in applying his quantitative knowledge to the financial field, especially in derivative asset pricing. By joining the MSCF program, he aims to further leverage his skills on the quantitative side while enhancing his knowledge in programming. Upon completion of the program, Dong seeks a career in structuring and asset management.