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Computer Science Meets Finance

Brandon Kampschuur's passions at UC San Diego reached beyond computer science and finance to surfing. He served as the president of the UC San Diego surf club his senior year.
Brandon Kampschuur's passions at UC San Diego reached beyond computer science and finance to surfing. He served as the president of the UC San Diego surf club his senior year.

When Brandon Kampschuur finished his computer science degree in 2006, he didn’t fully leave the Jacobs School—he had a campus stock trading contest to run.

While studying at UC San Diego, Kampschuur won $5000 in personal prize money and another $5000 for the Jacobs School for the automated stock trading strategy he created for the Interactive Brokers Collegiate Trading Olympiad.

Brandon used the $5000 he pulled in for the Jacobs School as prize money for a similar contest that he ran exclusively for UC San Diego students.

“One of the most interesting and lucrative places where I think computer science is useful is finance. One of my goals for the contest was to get students interested in applying computer science to finance,” says Kampschuur, who just finished a master’s degree in management science and engineering at Stanford. He is continuing his journey at the interface of computer science and finance with a new job in the Bay Area at Barclays Global Investors. Kampschuur works in a group that actively tries to outperform market indices by applying intelligent trading strategies.


U.S. Elections and U.S.-China Relations Subject of UC San Diego Symposium in Beijing

U.S. Elections and U.S.-China Relations Subject of UC San Diego Symposium in Beijing

Jacobs School alumni and friends are invited to a reception and dinner November 9 followed by a symposium November 10 in Beijing, China at the Tsinghua University. The events will explore how the U.S. Elections will change the agenda for U.S.-China collaborations.

Jacobs School of Engineering Dean Frieder Seible and Peter Cowhey, Dean of UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, will be joined by several leading UC San Diego and Tsinghua scholars, as well as corporate leaders for the events. The symposium will explore both technological advancements and policy issues and will cover topics such as: future of the global information industry; climate policy and environmental governance; bioengineering and medicine; infrastructure and the environment; and U.S.-China political and economic relationships.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information please contact Kay-Marie Moreno at kmmoreno@ucsd.edu or visit our website to register at: www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/events/china-symposium


Startup Gets You Web 2.Organized

A pair of computer science alumni recently launched a free service, Swurl.com, that pulls much of your Web 2.0 life into one place.

Swurl takes your blog, Twitter stream, Amazon wish list, Flikr photo collection—and the data from more than 15 other online tools and services you may be using—and constructs one chronological stream of information for your family and friends. The masterminds behind Swurl are Ryan Sit and Jonathan Neddenriep, a pair of programmers with four UC San Diego computer science degrees between them.

According to the influential blog TechCrunch, Swurl creates “an automatically generated blog and scrapbook…for your friends and family.” But Swurl does more than reduce the time and effort it takes to keep up with your latest Web activity, Sit explains. Swurl also enhances some content, like appending movie trailers for the films you rent online, and automatically turning Flikr photos into slideshows with full sized images. If you visit Swurl, be sure to check out the great timeline view and the infinite scroll, which eliminates the need to click “next” to see older posts.

Startup Gets You Web 2.Organized

Jacobs School Ph.D. Now Caltech Professor and Entrepreneur

Jacobs School Ph.D. Now Caltech Professor and Entrepreneur

Chiara Daraio is continuing the Jacobs School alumni tradition of excellence. Daraio, who received a master’s (’03) and a Ph.D. (’06) in materials science and engineering from UC San Diego, nabbed the 2008 Richard von Mises Prize, awarded annually by the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics to a young scientist for exceptional scientific achievements in the field of applied mathematics and mechanics.A native of Ancona, Italy, Daraio is now an assistant professor of aeronautics and applied physics at Caltech. She is also a visiting physicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, collaborating with Professors Gustaf Arrhenius and Lea Rudee on the study of the earliest traces of life on Earth.

If that isn’t enough to keep her busy, Daraio is also launching a new venture called Solitonik to commercialize a sensorbase technology for structural health monitoring. Her Solitonik partners include former UC San Diego graduate student Piervincenzo Rizzo, now an assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and Maria Teresa Perez-Prado, a former UC San Diego post doctoral scholar.

The Solitonik team recently won the prestigious ListerVickery Trophy—first prize in a business venture competition organized by INSEAD, one of the world’s leading graduate business schools.