Steering Committee

The mission of the MSQF Steering Committee is to advise the program office in all aspects of program operations including but not limited to recruiting, admissions, curriculum and career services. The MS Quantitative Finance program would like to acknowledge the constant support of all its Steering Committee members who seek to advance the program.


Jerry Strawser, Ph.D., ’83 & ’85
Professor and KPMG Chair in Accounting
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Mays Business School

J. Maurice Rojas, Ph.D.
Associate Head of Graduate Programs for Math
Professor of Mathematics

Michael Alexander, ’10
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, Mays Business School

Peter Howard, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head, Department of Mathematics

Hagen Kim, Ph.D.
J. Rogers Rainey & Annie Bob Rainey Professor
Academic Director of Quantitative Programs – Adam C. Sinn ’00 Department of Finance

Faculty Advisors

Gregory Berkolaiko, PhD
Professor of Mathematics

Chris Wilson, CFA, CMT ’88
Executive Professor, Department of Finance and Private Investor


Ted Bland
HSE & Land Owner Relations, Stonegate Production Company, LLC (Retired)

Lemar Brown
New Business Development, Royal Dutch Shell (Retired)

Mike Early
Economic Analysis Consultant / Corporate Business Development, Chevron

Rush Harvey, CMT, CAIA
Director of Investments, Texas A&M Foundation

Natalie Kassenyeva, MSF ’99, CFA, PRM
Director & Former President, CFA Society of Houston

David Keller, CMT
President, Sierra Alpha Research LLC
Former Managing Director of Research, Fidelity Investments
Former President, Chartered Market Technician (CMT) Association

James McClure ’86 & ’90
CEO (retired), Navajo Nation Oil & Gas Company

Lauren Minch, BBA/MSF ’00, CFA, CPA
Institutional Development Director, Wiley Efficient Learning
Board Member, CFA Society of Dallas/Fort Worth

James Pappas, MSF ’04
Managing Member, JCP Investment Management

Scott Slater, ’88
Managing Director, 024 Family Office, LLC

Kelli Walter, CPA ’11
Senior Vice President, Partners Capital

Jim Whiddon, CFP®, MSFS
CEO & Founder, The Old School