Our MQE Students Make Extraordinary Employees

UCLA’s Master of Quantitative Economics (MQE) program prepares industry-ready professionals with an eye towards leveraging data to offer unique business insights. Our students are highly trained in data analytics, finance, econometrics and machine learning. 

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Poised for Impact

MQE students are well versed in R, Python, SQL, Excel and numerous financial platforms and tools. Our unique, hands-on curriculum and approach equips graduates with the applied concepts, technical tools, and analytical skills necessary to solve complex business problems facing a variety of organizations.

Grow Your Talent Pipeline

Whether your company is looking for a summer intern, an applied project team, or a full-time hire, we’re eager to help connect you with our talented students.

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Empower Your Employees

Organizations around the globe have chosen UCLA’s MQE program as a preferred academic partner for graduate education.
We invite you to consider ways our program can benefit your employees.

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Engage the Brightest Minds to Solve Your Toughest Problems

Through our applied project program, MQE students work under the guidance of an MQE faculty member to solve a business problem or applied research question presented by a company. Organizations of all sizes and from all fields are invited to collaborate with us. Learn more.

Join Our Industry Advisory Council

The MQE Industry Advisory Council serves as a bridge between the MQE program and industry. Council members offer advice on industry needs, potential new tracks/concentrations, and job opportunities for graduates and serve as ambassadors providing a critical connection to industry. Learn more.

Meet Our MQE Advisory Council Members

Michael Chao (Council Chair) Chief Financial Officer, Synack

Michael Chao – Council Chair

Chief Financial Officer, Synack

Michael Chao is an experienced Chief Financial Officer for private equity sponsored organizations across multiple industries. Mr. Chao has over 20 years of experience in both public and private companies leading financial management, strategic growth planning and all aspects of organizational financial operations. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

John Ailanjian, CFA, General Partner and Head of Investments, Next Play Capital

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John Ailanjian, CFA

General Partner and Head of Investments, Next Play Capital

John is a General Partner and Head of Investments for Next Play Capital overseeing the investment and diligence processes for both fund and co-investments. He also plays an integral role in the programming and education of Next Play Capital’s Fellowship program.  John is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Economics.  John is also a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and a Chartered Financial Analyst.  John currently serves as a Board Member at the CFA Society of San Francisco.

Dave Botkin, Dave Botkin Consulting, LLC.

Dave Botkin

Dave Botkin Consulting, LLC

A former physicist turned data scientist, Dave Botkin built and ran analytics and data engineering teams in startups and Fortune 50 companies until “retiring” in 2018 to focus on Analytics Consulting and Advisory services as Dave Botkin Consulting, LLC.  DBC LLC has advised clients in ecommerce, mobile gaming, streaming audio, healthcare, and IoT on driving more value with their data.  Dave received his BA and Ph.D. (Physics) degrees from UC Berkeley and his MBA degree from the Haas School of Business.


Gilbert FitzGerald, Data Analytics Executive, Google

Gilbert FitzGerald

Data Analytics Executive, Google

Gilbert FitzGerald is an analytics executive at Google. Gilbert holds a BA in Mathematics, Mathematical Physics and Computer Science and a Master’s in Mathematical Sciences from the National University of Ireland and completed PhD coursework (A.B.D.) in Social Research Methodology at UCLA.

Steve Hartman, Chief Customer Officer, Rugs USA

Steve Hartman

Chief Customer Officer, Rugs USA

Steve Hartman is an investor and advisor, and a seasoned executive with unique mix of extensive experience across ecommerce, marketing, analytics, and technology.  He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and dual MBAs from Columbia University and Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Bonnie Lemon, Vice President, Creative Production, Disney Television Animation

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Bonnie Lemon

Vice President, Creative Production, Disney Television Animation

Bonnie Lemon is Vice President, Creative Production, at Disney Television Animation. She has deep experience leading large production efforts from inception to completion, allocating work among multiple studios around the world, and managing highly creative and technical talent.  Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA.

Ellen Ma '17, Managing Director, UpHonest Capital

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Ellen Ma, ’17 MAE

Managing Director, UpHonest Capital

Ellen is a managing director at UpHonest Capital. Ellen also started Silicon Valley Race (硅兔赛跑), a Chinese editorial about innovation in Silicon Valley. Ellen holds a BA in mathematics and economics and a master’s in applied economics at UCLA.

John Wilmarth, Principal, Technology Risk Management, KPMG LLP

John Wilmarth

Principal, Technology Risk Management | KPMG LLP

John is a Principal in KPMG’s Technology Risk Management practice and lead the Southern California TRM team. He has more than 20 years of experience helping clients assess, manage and enhance their technology, business operations, risk management and governance capabilities. John received has a BA, Business Economics from UCLA and an MBA, Finance & Information Systems from USC Marshall School of Business.

Josie Zhou, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company (Shanghai)

Josie Zhou

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company (Shanghai)

Josie has over 5 years of consulting experience in Biopharma/biotech/Medtech serving clients in Asia and North America on ranges of topics including R&D and regulatory strategy, launch, growth strategy, commercial model innovation, analytics enabled solutions, digital partnership and post-merger management..  Josie holds a BS in Cell Bio from University of Science and Technology of China and a PhD in Diabetes from UCLA.