CRAFT Leadership and Faculty

CRAFT Leadership

Steve Yang, CRAFT Director

Dr. Steve Yang holds a Ph.D. in Systems and Information Engineering from University of Virginia with concentration on Financial Engineering. His research has been focused on understanding markets’ irrationality and its impact on trading, portfolio, risk management, and systemic risk using decision science tools such as Markov decision processes, reinforcement learning, and other artificial intelligence (AI) methods.

Steve Yang

Aparna Gupta, CRAFT Co-director

Aparna Gupta is a professor of quantitative finance at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Gupta also serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Lally School of Management at RPI. Dr. Gupta was a visiting researcher at US SEC in Washington DC for three years. Her research interest is in financial decision support, risk management, and applying mathematical modeling, machine learning and financial engineering techniques for risk management in technology-enabled network services, as well as risk management in the inter-connected financial institutions and financial markets. She has worked on several US NSF, US DoE funded research projects in financial innovations for risk management.

Aparna Gupta

George Calhoun, CRAFT Managing Director

Dr. Calhoun has spent 25 years in the high-tech segment of the wireless communications industry. He is a co-founder of InterDigital Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: IDCC), where he was involved in the pioneering development of digital cellular technology, including the first systems based on TDMA technology (the architecture underlying approximately 80% of today's cellular networks). He writes frequently for Forbes.

George Calhoun

Academic Leadership of CRAFT

Kristen Bennett, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Profes

Maggie Chen, Cardiff University, Personal Chair

Darinka Dentcheva, Stevens Institute of Technology, Professor

Andrei Kirilenko, University of Cambridge, Professor

Jeffrey Nickerson, Stevens Institute of Technology, Professor

K.P. Subbalakshmi, Stevens Institute of Technology, Professor

Mohammed Zaki, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Professor