how to become
As a major in mechanical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, little did I know the path my career would ultimately take? After graduation I started as a project engineer with chemical-giant Rohm and Haas, however my curiosity in markets, finance, and Wall Street sparked my other professional interests and just two years out of college I switched careers entirely, joined Merrill Lynch and began my training on Wall Street.
After building a substantial book of retail clients, I was determined to put my Stevens’ engineering education to work and solve for improved, risk-adjusted returns. That has been successful and I continue to be pleased with our portfolio management outcomes for clients. Our firm, Hanlon Investment Management, never ceases to pursue further improvement.
If I had known the path my professional career would take, and if the courses and programs available today were offered back then, I would have majored in the leading academic programs offered at Stevens, such as Quantitative Finance and Financial Engineering. They provide education and research in:
- Engineering – for problem solving and design skills which applies to operations, facilities, computer systems, disaster recovery, portfolio management and more;
- Systems - for understanding the interaction and interrelationships of all the various elements that make up investment markets, operations, technological infrastructure, marketing, compliance and more;
- Finance and Investments - to help deliver the investment industry’s primary goal of attractive risk-adjusted returns for investors;
- Computer Programming – to be able to review, understand and even write software programs that are at the heart of all local and worldwide financial industry activities.
The financial services industry is complex and interwoven in the fabric of the entire world economy, whose reliance dictates its very existence. The financial services industry needs talented, well-educated personnel to understand and provide solutions for these complexities. Equally talented regulators and researchers are needed to deliver successful outcomes for clients and the world of finance as a whole.
To be properly equipped, there is no finer education and research facility that a student or partner can experience than participating in the Stevens Institute of Technology Quantitative Finance and Financial Engineering programs, enriched by the Hanlon Financial Systems Laboratory. Here, students will have a real world, hands-on educational and research experience that prepares them for dynamic and successful careers in the financial services industry, and partners can utilize the outstanding facilities for research, training and events.
We look forward to your joining in this wonderful experience as a student, alumni, advisory board member, corporate sponsor, experienced regulator, or research partner.
Sean Hanlon CFP®
Chair, Advisory Board
Financial Systems Center
Chairman, CEO, & Chief Investment Officer
Hanlon Investment Management