Finance Department

Current Ph.D. students:

Shahram Amini

Shahram received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and his Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech in 2012 with an emphasis in Applied Econometrics. He is currently a doctoral student majoring in Finance. Investments, Asset Pricing, and Corporate Finance are his fields of interest. Shahram is interested in an infinite number of things and is a forever growing and evolving man. He truly enjoys playing sports, especially tennis, and different kinds of outdoor activities including hiking and biking. Traveling is his passion.

Debarati Bhattacharya

MBA in Finance, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, 2002 and Bachelor of Science with a major in Economics from Calcutta University, 1999. Debarati has more than six years of work experience in the field of financial management, banking and wealth management in Citibank, HSBC Ltd. among others. Earlier, she worked in non-banking financial institutions handling credit analysis for infrastructure equipment leasing business, and foreign trade operations. She has also taught for two and half years courses in Corporate Finance and Quantitative Methods at ICFAI Business School, Calcutta, India. She is a trained Hindustani Semi-classical singer and a

Hongyan Li

Hongyan holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Nankai University and a Master’s degree in international finance from Fudan University in China. She pursued her study in US and received an MBA degree, concentration in finance, from University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Virginia Tech, she has worked as an instructor at Northern Michigan University and received high teaching evaluations. She also participated in the CFA track and passed all the exams. At her spare time, Hongyan enjoys traveling, reading and biking.

Luchun Ma

Luchun is originally from China, and spent a few years in Colorado after finishing his undergraduate degree. He completed his M.S. Finance degree from University of Denver in 2011, with assistantship awarded. Before joining Virginia Tech, Luchun was in a statistics PhD program, and did a few research projects in investment, as well as corporate finance. He is also a member of American Statistical Association. In spare time, Luchun enjoys hiking, swimming and practicing

Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen is originally from Vietnam. During her early schooling she studied Mathematics and Physics. She went on to receive her undergraduate degree in Economics from Foreign Trade University in Vietnam and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the New Mexico State University in 2009. During her graduate study, she worked on financial research employing Garch process and empirical constructs from behavioral finance. She has won several awards in singing competitions in Vietnam and she enjoys traveling, dancing and swimming.

Nan Qin

Nan holds a B.E. degree in Computer Science from Xi'an Jiaotong University and M.S. degree in Financial Engineering from Temple University. He joined the Ph.D. Finance program at Virginia Tech in 2009. His master’s study in Financial Engineering led him to research interests such as hedge fund, asset pricing and derivative securities. He also enjoys hiking in the mountains, playing tennis, and traveling.


Jitendra Tayal

Jitendra holds a Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Master in FInancial Engineering from the Institute for Financial Management and Research, India. He joined the Ph.D. Finance program in Fall of 2011. He is the Recipient of the RIchard E. and Carol A. Sorensen Fellowship for besting incoming student in the College of Business.

Mete Tepe

Mete holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and a M.Sc. in Financial Mathematics from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, He joined the Finance Ph.D. program in Fall 2011.