Technology has become one of the most coveted skills in finance today. As analysts mine and visualize vast data sets to make decisions and algorithms handle more trading volume, the idea of a financial professional who isn't literate in technology will soon be as outdated as the notion of trading floors populated by buyers and sellers shouting orders as they react to the market.

The leaders of the Hanlon Financial Systems Center pose in front of the glass wall entrance to the lab. In the background are screens showing financial data.
From left, Dean Gregory Prastacos; Stevens President Nariman Farvardin; Hanlon Financial Systems Chairman Sean Hanlon; and Dr. George Calhoun, director of the Center.

At Stevens, the one-of-a-kind Hanlon Financial Systems Center — and the technology-infused finance and analytics programs it powers — gives students the kind of intensive instruction in technology-enabled finance needed by Wall Streeters and corporate finance managers alike.

A suite of world-class technology tools in two state-of-the-art labs provides an immersive experience for students and professors, while enabling breakthrough faculty research that aims to solve the technological, regulatory and risk-related challenges confronting the industry now and in the future.

The Hanlon Financial Systems Center is one of the jewels of the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology. We hope you enjoy exploring it and consider becoming involved in our game-changing finance programs.


Dr. Gregory Prastacos
Dean, School of Business

Dr. George Calhoun
Director, Hanlon Financial Systems Center

Message from the Chairman

As a major in mechanical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, little did I know the path my career would ultimately take. After graduation, I started as a project engineer with chemical giant Rohm and Haas; however, my curiosity in markets, finance and Wall Street sparked my other professional interests. Just two years out of college, I switched careers entirely, joined Merrill Lynch and began my training on Wall Street.

After building a substantial book of retail clients, I was determined to put my Stevens engineering education to work and solve for improved, risk-adjusted returns. That has been successful, and I continue to be pleased with our portfolio management outcomes for clients. Our firm, Hanlon Investment Management, never ceases to pursue further improvement.

“Here, students have a real-world, hands-on educational and research experience that prepares them for dynamic and successful careers in the financial services industry.”

Sean hanlon '80, chairman

Had I known the path my professional career would take, and if the courses and programs available today were offered then, I would have majored in the leading academic programs offered at Stevens, such as quantitative finance and financial engineering. They provide education and research in:

  • Engineering. For problem solving and design skills which applies to operations, facilities, computer systems, disaster recovery, portfolio management and more.
  • Systems. For understanding the interaction and interrelationships of all the various elements that make up investment markets, operations, technological infrastructure, marketing, compliance and more.
  • Finance and investments. To help deliver the investment industry’s primary goal of attractive, risk-adjusted returns for investors.
  • Computer programming. To be able to review, understand and even write software programs that are at the heart of all local and worldwide financial industry activities.

The financial services industry is complex and interwoven in the fabric of the entire world economy, whose reliance dictates its very existence. The financial services industry needs talented, well-educated personnel to understand and provide solutions for these complexities. Equally talented regulators and researchers are needed to deliver successful outcomes for clients and the world of finance as a whole.

To be properly equipped, there is no finer education and research facility that a student or partner can experience than participating in the quantitative finance and financial engineering programs at Stevens, enriched by the Hanlon Financial Systems Center. Here, students have a real world, hands-on educational and research experience that prepares them for dynamic and successful careers in the financial services industry, and partners can utilize the outstanding facilities for research, training and events.

We look forward to your joining in this wonderful experience as a student, alumnus, advisory board member, corporate sponsor, experienced regulator or research partner.

Sean Hanlon '80 CFP
Chair, Advisory Board
Hanlon Financial Systems Center
Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer
Hanlon Investment Management