CRAFT Leadership and Faculty

CRAFT Leadership

Steve Yang, CRAFT Director

Dr. Steve Yang holds a Ph.D. in Systems and Information Engineering from University of Virginia with concentration on Financial Engineering. His research has been focused on understanding markets’ irrationality and its impact on trading, portfolio, risk management, and systemic risk using decision science tools such as Markov decision processes, reinforcement learning, and other artificial intelligence (AI) methods.

Steve Yang

Aparna Gupta, CRAFT Co-director

Dr. Aparna Gupta has developed and taught courses in financial engineering and quantitative methods in finance at the undergraduate and the graduate level at Rensselaer. Dr. Gupta also teaches short courses in Quantitative Finance in Lally School’s international initiatives, specifically with industry and academic partners in India. She was a 2002 National Science Foundation New Century Scholar.

Aparna Gupta

George Calhoun, CRAFT Managing Director

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 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). He writes frequently for Forbes.

George Calhoun

Academic Leadership of CRAFT

Darinka Dentcheva, Stevens Institute of Technology

Koushik Kar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Andrei Kirilenko, Cambridge

Jeffrey Nickerson, Stevens Institute of Techology

K.P. Subbalakshmi, Stevens Institute of Technology

Steve Taylor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Affiliated Faculty


Tal Ben-Zvi, Associate Professor

Brian Clark, Prof. Quantitative Finance

German Creamer, Associate Professor

Zhenyu Cui, Assistant Prof. Financial Engineering

Mahmoud Daneshmand, Prof. Analytics

Chanaka Edirisinghe, Prof. Quantitative Finance

Zachary Feinstein, Assistant Prof. Financial Engineering

Ionut Florescu, Research Prof. Financial Engineering

Gaurav Jain, Prof. Quantitative Finance

Andrei Kirilenko, Prof. Finance Engineering

Chihoon Lee, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Rong Liu, Prof. Business Analytics

Jeffrey Nickerson, Prof. Information System

Richard Plotka, Prof. of Practice

Majeed Simaan, Assistant Prof. Q. Finance Engineering


Rajarathnam Chandramouli, Prof. Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jillian Crandall, Lecturer - School of Architecture

Yeganeh Hayeri, Assistant Prof. System Policy

Carlo Lipizzi, Teaching Associate Professor & Program Lead

Mo Mansouri, Research Prof. System Governance

Jennifer Pazour, Associate Prof. Industrial and Systems Engineering

Jose Ramirez-Marquez, Associate Prof. Division Director of Enterprise Science and Engineering

T. Ravichandran (Ravi), Associated faculty member in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department

Koduvayur Subbalakshmi, Prof. Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ye Yang, Associate Prof. Software Engineering


Darinka Dentcheva, Prof. Mathematical Sciences

Yuping Huang, Gallaher Associate Prof. Physics, Director of the Center for Quantum Science and Engineering

Abby Kinchy, Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies

Malik Magdon-Ismail, Prof. Computer Science

Dr. Oshani Seneviratne, Director of Health Data Research

Hui Wang, Associate Prof. Computer Science

Jia Xu, Assistant Prof. Computer Science

Michael Zabarankin, Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences

Social Science

Suman Banerjee, Assistant Prof. Finance

Lindsey Cormack, Assistant Prof. Political Science

Dr. Rui Fan, Assistant Prof. Economic

Anand Goel, Associate Prof. Business Strategy

Elaine Henry, Associate Prof. Accounting

Jose Tribo, Associate Prof. Division Director of Enterprise Science and Engineering

Jianjing Lin, Assistant Prof. Economics

Victor Luo, Assistant Prof. Economics

Foad Mahdavi Pajouh, Associate Prof. Industrial Engineering and Management

Feng Mai, Assistant Prof. Information Systems

Gregory Morgan, Associate Prof. Ethics

Balbinder Singh Gill, Assistant Prof. Finance and Sustainability

Yu Tao, Associate Prof. Sociology