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TEZA TECHNOLOGIES’ GROWING TEAM

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We’re excited to announce we’re adding a new member to the Teza Technologies family: Dr. Reinhold Gebert has recently joined us as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Risk Officer (CRO). Similar to our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Misha and several other members of the Teza team, our new COO and CRO has a strong STEM background. Dr. Gebert earned advanced degrees in mathematics and theoretical physics and served as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

“I joined Teza because of its impressive caliber of quantitative talent, its rigorous research process, and its novel, proprietary investment approach. I look forward to applying my skills in helping Misha manage and oversee complex investment strategies and monitor risk profiles. With my experience in the futures space, I am confident I will contribute to Teza becoming the pre-eminent ‘new generation’ quant manager,” said Dr. Gebert.

We’re proud to welcome Dr. Gebert to the team!

LOOKING FOR A WAY TO INSPIRE GIRLS TO PURSUE STEM? TRY HISTORY

A woman attends a buildOn Adult Literacy class in Nepal

WHY ARE SO FEW WOMEN AND GIRLS PURSUING CAREERS IN STEM?

Women and girls have been historically underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). A study from the University of Pittsburgh, tracking approximately 1,500 college-bound students over a decade, found that women had the highest scores on both the math and the verbal portion of the SAT. However, these women were more likely to pursue non-STEM careers after graduation despite their high scores. What can we do to encourage young women to pursue STEM?

THE IMPORTANCE OF ROLE MODELS

It turns out role models could be a key issue when it comes to women’s and girls’ lack of interest in STEM. A recent study focused on engineering students found that female students paired with female mentors felt more motivated, less anxious and were less likely to drop out of their courses. When it comes to raising visibility and fostering a sense of solidarity, a focus on the rich history of women in STEM can be a key tool for parents and teachers looking to inspire young girls to pursue STEM. From the film Hidden Figures’ focus on NASA’s forgotten women, to articles highlighting the myriad contributions women have made to STEM fields, highlighting the work of women who shattered the glass ceiling can be a powerful way to foster young girls’ interest in STEM.

Through the support of organizations like After-School All-Stars, Misha Malyshev and the Teza Technologies team have helped to inspire all children to pursue careers in STEM.

WHAT IF WE TREATED FEMALE SCIENTISTS LIKE CELEBRITIES?

From buzz surrounding the new film about NASA’s female mathematicians Hidden Figures to discussions about the opportunities for women in data science, there has been a lot of great news about women in STEM lately. One of the most exciting pieces of news is General Electric’s new campaign focused on closing the gender gap. GE has promised to place 20,000 women in technical roles by the year 2020, and is working towards equal gender representation in all of their entry-level technical roles. But our favorite part of this campaign is this inspiring commercial focused on female scientists – “What If Scientists Were Celebrities?

Misha Malyshev

When it comes to inspiring young girls and women to pursue careers in STEM, representation in films, television and other forms of popular media is essential. We applaud GE’s campaign to highlight the (often untold) stories of women in STEM. At Teza Technologies, Misha Malyshev and the rest of our team are working to inspire young children to pursue careers in STEM by supporting incredible organizations like After-School All-Stars and the Adler Planetarium.

Mellody Hobson, Ann Lurie, Misha Malyshev: Chicago Business Leaders Using Their Net Worth to Support Charitable Causes

It’s not uncommon for businesses to give to philanthropic causes, either through corporate sponsorship, company-led fundraising or volunteer service. Many business leaders take this philanthropy beyond the corporate level and choose to donate their time and personal wealth to charitable organizations and causes. The Giving Pledge is a recent and highly visible example of philanthropy from business leaders announced by billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010. The campaign challenges the world’s wealthiest individuals to pledge at least half of their net worth to charity. The Pledge has since grown and now includes more than 130 “pledgers”, including prominent billionaires like Richard Branson, Sara Blakely and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. In addition to those who have joined the Giving Pledge, many other business leaders and entrepreneurs are involved in philanthropic efforts, both domestically and abroad. Here’s a look at three Chicago business leaders who give their net worth to local, national and international causes:

Misha Malyshev

Misha Malyshev serves on the global leadership council for buildOn, an international nonprofit organization that builds schools in developing nations and organizes after school programs within the U.S. BuildOn’s mission is the break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy through service learning programs in the U.S. and in some of the world’s poorest nations. In 2014, Misha Malyshev and his wife, Oksana Malyshev, donated $150,000 to buildOn to help complete the building of five schools in Africa and Central America. The five schools, located in Malawi and Nicaragua, now provide learning centers for 2,100 children, at least half of which are female students. Misha Malyshev has also used his net worth to help educational organizations domestically. In addition to serving as CEO of Teza Technologies, Dr. Malyshev also serves on the leadership council for After School All Stars and Adler Planetarium in Chicago, and is a regular sponsor of educational programs for K-12 students.

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buildOn volunteer helps build a school in Nepal. Philanthropists like Dr. Misha Malyshev use their net worth to support organizations like buildOn in the U.S. and internationally.

Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson, President of Aerial Investments and Chair of the Board of Directors for Dreamworks Animation, is a champion of equal opportunity and education in Chicago. She recently pledged $25 million to After School Matters, a nonprofit organization that offers after school and summer programs for high school students in Chicago. The organization places teens in “apprenticeships” that allow them to explore careers in tech, science sports, the arts and more. In addition to serving on the organization’s board, Ms. Hobson serves on the leadership body of educational organizations in Chicago including the Chicago Public Education Fund and the Chicago Public Library.

Ann Lurie

Ann Lurie is President of the Ann & Robert Lurie Foundation and Founder of Africa Infectious Disease Village Clinics. As President of the Foundation, Ms. Lurie provides grants for educational programs, social services and art and health organizations. She began her philanthropic work when she founded and worked in an infectious disease clinic in Kenya. Over the years, she has invested more than $30 million in these health centers and is passionate about transforming healthcare in developing areas in Africa. In the U.S., Ms. Lurie serves on the National Institutes of Health board, and  is well known for her donation to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Teza Employee Speaks at the Noble STEM Expo

This is a post by Jordan Samuels, a quantitative developer at Teza Technologies, about his experience at the first ever Noble STEM Expo. The event was held at Rauner College Prep in Chicago on December 12, 2015.  At the event, Jordan had the opportunity to speak to students in grades nine through twelve about his experience at Teza and working in a STEM career. Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev  actively support events like the Noble STEM Expo that provide educational opportunities for high school students.

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The Noble STEM Expo gave high school students the opportunity to learn from STEM professionals around Chicago including Teza Technologies employee Jordan Samuels.

I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with about a dozen students about electronic trading, and how it relates to STEM, at the first Noble Network of Charter Schools STEM Expo. Three hundred Noble students were exposed to a variety of STEM careers at the event, which took place at Rauner College Prep.

I focused my discussion on what trading is at its core, whether it’s floor-based or algorithmic, and what it means to determine a fair market price.  This is a new topic for almost any high school student but my group of students seemed to catch on pretty quickly.  Several of them asked good questions (some of which I didn’t see coming) and they gave good examples when prompted.  They also seemed genuinely grateful for the chance to learn something new.  It was a pleasure for me to be a part of it, and I would gladly do it again anytime.

By Jordan Samuels, quantitative developer at Teza Technologies

 

Winter 2015 Recap : After-School All-Stars, Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev sponsor STEM events

Throughout November and December, After-School All-Stars, Teza Technologies and other partner organizations took part in several great events promoting education and STEM among K-12 students. Here’s a recap of some of the events:

Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev present Girls Do Hack 2015

Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev sponsored Girls Do Hack 2015 on November 14th at Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Ninety young women in grades 9-11 from across the city worked with professional women in science, technology, engineering and math to learn the skills needed to pursue STEM careers. Additional partners included YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Junior Research Scientists at Columbia College, CodeCreate, and Ashley Nicollette, STEM Specialist.

Students had the opportunity to apply STEM skills in hands-on workshops throughout the day. Workshops included:

  • Engineering Design Challenge with Adler Planetarium Youth Leadership Council : This challenges was an egg drop with a twist. Participants followed a series of criteria to build custom landers designed to protect their egg from a drop.
  • Powering Gadgets with Solar Energy with Junior Research Scientists : Students learned how solar panels convert solar energy and applied the same principles to build a solar-powered USB charger.
  • Robot Race with Adler Planetarium: Participants learned how NASA engineers program rovers and programmed their own robot before testing it out with a navigation of “Mars” terrain.

 

 

Teza Technologies joins After-School All-Stars for EXKi Cooking Class

In early December, volunteers from Teza Technologies, New York Life Insurance Company and Mondelēz International joined After-School All-Stars New York for a visit to EXKi Park Ave. South for a vegetarian cooking class and Eco Hero workshop. EXKi is a world-renowned restaurant that operates with health and environmental stewardship at the forefront of their business, and specializes in natural, seasonal food. After-School All-Stars students in grades 6-8 spent the afternoon with EXKi Consulting Chef Galen Zamarra, and Executive Chef Steven Mettle learning how to cook fresh, healthy vegetarian dishes. Following the cooking class, award-winning environmental economist Pamela Peeters led a discussion about food and environmental sustainability.

 

Teza Technologies ASAS Exki Cooking Class

 

After-School All-Stars and Hour of Code

After-School All-Stars Los Angeles met up with volunteers from Google for Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to the basics of computer science that has reached students of all ages in more than 180 countries in the world. As an After-School All-Stars board member, Misha Malyshev supports events like Hour of Code that teach STEM basics and get students interested in coding and computer science.

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Straight from the Source – Tweets from Girls Do Hack

Saturday’s Girls Do Hack event received rave reviews from mentors and participants. Let’s check out the day as told by Tweets.