Xia Du graduated cum laude from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics. During his undergraduate study, he actively explored a broad variety of opportunities in which he could apply mathematics to real life problems. Xia worked on several research projects that involved quantitative modeling, programming and data analysis. He also co-authored two research papers, and led a team that received honorable mention in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling in 2013. Xia’s interest in quantitative finance was triggered by an elective course in financial mathematics, in which he was greatly amazed by the roles of Brownian motion and stochastic processes in securities pricing. He joined the MSCF program to further explore the applications of various quantitative disciplines in financial markets, hoping to launch his career as a trader or a desk quant upon graduation.