JohnPaul Kotyla graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Master of Art in Mathematics, and a minor in Applied Mathematics and Statistics concentrating in Finance. While a student, he worked on a scientific collaboration at the Space Telescope Science Institute where he studied the evolution of galaxy clusters. During this time, JohnPaul significantly contributed to this area of research, and led the data analysis team to optimize bad pixel recognition and cosmic ray removal algorithms in python. His interest in finance grew during his senior year, upon taking a class on derivatives pricing. After attending the Princeton Quant Trading Conference, JohnPaul decided to pursue a degree in Computational Finance with hopes of finding a position as a quant trader. He hopes that the MSCF degree will sharpen his programming skills, as well as better bridge his understanding of mathematical and financial concepts.