The 2015 Prabir Burman intern is Travis Scholten. Mr. Scholten is pursuing his Ph.D. in Physics, at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, where he focuses on problems that lie at the intersection of computer science, information theory, and quantum mechanics. He received his BA in Physics from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena in 2012. He joined Prescio to learn about alternative career paths for those with quantitative skills. He left Prescio with a better understanding of his skills and where they can be improved and with some interesting experiences under his belt.
“On the whole, this summer has been one of expanding knowledge, both of a personal and technical nature. It was great to work with a company whose size is of a human scale. I was able to learn a lot about my coworkers and their lives, and to gain a better appreciation of how to work with others even when they may not be physically present.
I am grateful to Prescio for having me join their quant team and work on new projects for our clients. Broadly speaking, I worked on three projects: learning about a new financial risk assessment approach, performing sensitivity analysis for models developed by our client, and performing an independent investigation into the stability of those models. One highlight from this summer was writing code which could automate generating some of the reports we prepared. Doing so challenged me to learn the very useful skill of working with code written by others. In addition, I gained experience in writing code which can be used after I have departed.
What is more, I was encouraged to try my hand at something relatively new to me – writing for the company’s website. Such practice has helped me develop my writing skills, and has encouraged me to continue to write.
On the personal side, Prescio’s location in Arizona made it favorable for taking simple day trips around the state. It was great to be able to see what natural and historical sites this state has to offer.“