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Board of Advisors

Stevens and Sean Hanlon '80, the chairman of the Hanlon Financial Systems Center, are assembling a founding leadership team for the center, with a board of advisors that is responsible for defining and guiding the broad research agendas, advising on design, and managing of the Lab and organizing financial support. The support of the board of advisors builds on the anchor funding provided by Sean Hanlon; in addition to financial support, members contribute their time and expertise toward helping the Hanlon Financial Systems Center meet its goals.

1. Founding Donor Operational Role

  • A seat on FSC Advisory Board Complementary
  • Advisory Board members meet four times per year and work in a strategic and methodical way to build the center's vision and achieve its objectives
  • Contribute to identifying projects, corporate partnerships and financial resources needed to support the operations and initiatives of the Hanlon Financial Systems Center

2. Founding Donor Financial Commitment

  • Each Founding Donor is expected to contribute a gift 

3. Founding Donor Benefits

  • Complementary participation for the donor’s organization in all center events, including the Financial Engineering Seminar Series, conferences and courses
  • Privileged access to research results and publications through the center
  • Participation in the Stevens Corporate Alliance Program
  • Custom recruiting support to direct promising Stevens students to match partners recruiting objectives
  • Access to Hanlon Financial Systems Center facilities (as well as the Babbio Center Atrium), which offer unparalleled views of the Hudson River overlooking Manhattan for corporate training, special events and system validation of key technology components, such as models and financial software systems

Board Members

Sean Hanlon, Chairman
Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Hanlon Investment Management

Sean Hanlon PhotoJohn “Sean” J. Hanlon IV '80, CFP founded Hanlon Investment Management (HIM) in 1999 and is its chairman, CEO and chief investment officer. Sean is the developer of the portfolio management techniques that are used to manage more than $3.6 billion of assets under management at HIM today. Sean also serves as a member of the board of managers at Interactive Advisory Software (IAS). IAS is the developer and distributor of Solution 360˚, which is the only cloud-based, total solution application that has all the software applications necessary to operate a financial planning and wealth management practice. Sean is a member of the Forbes Investment Team, periodically publishing articles on Forbes.com, and a member of the Pershing Advisor Solutions advisory board. Sean previously served on the advisory board of SunAmerica Securities. In addition to serving on the Stevens Board of Trustees, Sean is also Chairman of the board of advisors of the Hanlon Financial Systems Center at Stevens, which houses the Hanlon Financial Systems Laboratory. Sean is a past Chairman of both the Linwood Education Foundation and the Seabrook House Foundation. Sean earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens in 1980 and also earned the Certified Financial Planner designation in 1997.

Chris Ferreri, Vice-Chairman
Managing Director, ICAP

Chris Ferreri PhotoChris is a managing director at ICAP, currently managing the product design, development and deployment for ICAP’s hybrid electronic and voice trading systems for the securities and derivatives markets in the United States. He has been in the inter-dealer broker space for more than 25 years. ICAP is the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, with an average daily transaction volume in excess of $2.3 trillion, more than 50% of which is electronic. 

After receiving his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens, he began his career as an Engineer for E. I. DuPont de Nemours. In 1984, Chris joined Garban’s U.S. Treasury division, and is currently registered with FINRA. During his tenure as a U.S. Treasury broker, he helped design a variety of internal analytic applications as well as participate in the design and development of the proprietary trading systems used at Garban. It was during his last assignment as manager of the proprietary U.S. Treasury desk that Garban began the move toward interactive electronic trading. Chris was charged with organizing a business line for hybrid electronic and voice trading and began the design, development and ultimate roll out of ICAP’s hybrid e-commerce solution, ETC. The trading platform grew into a separate division of ICAP, developing, installing and maintaining trading systems for US and Foreign Securities, Global Foreign Exchange trading, and a broad variety of money-market instruments. Today, Chris is responsible for trading systems strategy, design and planning for the blending of ICAP’s voice brokered over-the-counter markets and implementation of electronic trading.

Chris has participated in numerous panel discussions with the Bond Market Association (now SIFMA) and ISDA, as well as presentations in financial markets conferences in London, Mexico, South America, Tokyo and Korea. Chris is the Chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Interdealer Broker Advisory Committee, served as the inaugural Chairman of The Wholesale Markets Brokers’ Association, Americas, and has represented the industry at conferences ranging in topics from business strategies, technology and regulatory concerns. He is a board member of the Stevens Institute of Technology School of Systems and Enterprises. Chris is an active subject matter expert for the OTC derivatives markets and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, as well as the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets.

Andrei Kirilenko, Board Member
Chief Economist, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

Andrei Kirilenko PhotoAndrei Kirilenko has been with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) since 2008, and was appointed chief economist in December 2010. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in financial markets. Prior to joining the CFTC, Andrei spent 12 years at the International Monetary Fund working on global capital markets issues. His research has focused on the informational properties and microstructure of securities and derivatives markets. In addition to his duties as chief economist, Andrei is chairman of the Subcommittee on Data Standardization of the CFTC's Technology Advisory Committee, and represents CFTC at the Systemic Risk Committee and the Systemic Data Committee of the Federal Stability Oversight Council. In 2010, he was the recipient of the CFTC Chairman's Award for Excellence, its highest honor.

Steve Joachim
Executive Vice President, FINRA

Steve JoachimSteve Joachim created the Transparency Services function at FINRA in 2002, and has been its executive vice president since 2003. As such, he oversees TRACE, providing real-time pricing information for fixed income products and the OTC Bulletin Board, the OTC Reporting Facility and the trade reporting facilities, providing real-time pricing information for equities to market participants. Prior to joining FINRA, he spent four years as chief operating officer and chief strategy officer of Plural (now owned by Dell Professional Services), a custom interactive software and technology strategy business that served the investment banking business. Steve spent nearly 15 years at Merrill Lynch, serving in many capacities in the capital markets area, including chief technology officer for equity markets, head of floor brokerage services and business manager (COO) for equity trading.

Steve has an M.S. in public management (Urban and Public Affairs) and a B.S. in mathematics with computer option from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.A. in Political Science from Duquesne University. He has served as chairman of the International Forum for Investor Education and as member of the CFTC Technology Advisory Committee, the board of governors of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, board of directors of Merrill Lynch Specialists, Inc., and the board of directors of Wilco Inc. He also served as a member of the Nasdaq Industry Advisory Committee and the American Stock Exchange Upstairs Member Advisory Committee.

Dinesh Verma
Dean, School of Systems and Enterprises

Dinesh VermaDinesh Verma is dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. Dinesh received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. At Stevens, he as successfully proposed research and academic programs exceeding $20 million in value. Dinesh concurrently serves as scientific advisor to the Director of the Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven, Holland. Prior to this role, he served as technical director at Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems, in Manassas, Va., in the area of adapted systems and supportability engineering processes, methods and tools for complex system development and integration.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Dinesh worked as a research scientist at Virginia Tech and managed the university’s Systems Engineering Design Laboratory. While at Virginia Tech and afterwards, Dinesh continues to serve numerous companies in a consulting capacity, to include Eastman Kodak, Lockheed Martin, L3 Communications, United Defense, Raytheon, IBM, Sun Microsystems, SAIC, Volvo Car Corporation, Nokia, RAMSE (Finland), TU Delft (Holland), Johnson Controls, Ericsson-SAAB Avionics (Sweden), Varian Medical Systems (Finland) and Motorola. He served as an invited lecturer from 1995 through 2000 at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. His professional and research activities emphasize systems engineering and design with a focus on conceptual design evaluation, preliminary design and system architecture, design decision-making, life cycle costing, and supportability engineering. In addition to his publications, Dinesh has received two patents and has another pending in the areas of life-cycle costing and fuzzy logic techniques for evaluating design concepts.

Gregory P. Prastacos
Dean, School of Business

“Gregory Prastacos Gregory P. Prastacos is the dean at the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he also serves as professor of management science. Before joining Stevens, he was a professor of management science and rector of Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece. He studied at Columbia University, where he received a bachelor's and master’s in computer science and a doctorate in operations research. He was previously on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Columbia University’s Business School, and has held visiting appointments at a number of Universities and Research Institutes in Europe and Asia.

Gregory's professional interests are in the areas of management science, information technology and their use for innovation and business transformation in the information society. He has published five books and approximately 70 papers in international academic journals and edited volumes.

George Calhoun
Director, Hanlon Financial Systems Center

“Dr. George Calhoun 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 for twelve years 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). InterDigital currently carries a market capitalization of more than $1.5 billion. Subsequently, he was Vice-Chairman of Geotek Communications, and was Chairman of the company's engineering joint venture with the Rafael Armament Development Authority, a branch of the Government of Israel, based in Haifa, to develop a spread spectrum frequency-hopping radio system for fleet radio communications. Most recently, Dr. Calhoun was the Chairman and CEO of Illinois Superconductor Corporation (AMEX: ISO), a public company focused on the application of high-temperature superconducting materials and advanced signal processing techniques to the suppression of interference in wireless networks.


For more information on becoming a founding donor, please contact:

Dr. George Calhoun
Director, Hanlon Financial Systems Center
Stevens Institute of Technology
Babbio Center, Room 413
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 201.216.8160
Fax: 201.216.5385

Dr. Dinesh Verma
Dean, School of Systems and Enterprises
Stevens Institute of Technology, Babbio Center
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 201.216.8645
Fax: 201.216.5541