The Rady School Blog

  • Master of Finance Student Oliver Binz to Pursue PhD at Duke

    April 22, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    Oliver Binz (’15) moved to San Diego from Germany last year to pursue a Master of Finance from the Rady School. Unsure of whether he wanted to continue in his current field or transition to academia, he joined the program to gain a deep understanding of finance and decide what direction to advance his career. Fast forward to today, nearly complete with his Master of Finance, Binz has achieved these goals and recently accepted an offer to join Duke University’s PhD program in Accounting.

    Binz, whose extracurricular activities include Rady’s intramural volleyball league, gymnastics, and working as a research assistant at Rady, described the biggest highlight of his Rady experience as the close interaction he has with Rady faculty. “I’ve never had that before in my education,” said Binz. “We have Nobel Laureate Harry Markowitz, great economists like Allan Timmermann and Rossen Valkanov as well as one of the most promising finance professors in the field at the moment – Joey Engelberg. They are all very open to you.” In fact, encouragement from Rady faculty led Binz to apply for his PhD. “My original plan was to finish my Master of Finance at Rady, take a year off, and then maybe apply for a PhD next year. The professors here really helped me figure out where I want to go and who I want to be. They encouraged me to apply for a PhD this year and supported me throughout the whole process. It was definitely one of the most life-changing experiences in my whole life.”

    Binz believes Rady’s rigorous Master of Finance coursework helped him secure his position at Duke. “First we have the theory courses that really enhance the depth and breadth of understanding of the finance field and then we have the technical courses,” said Binz. “We had this one class with Professor Huerta, who is a computer scientist, and he taught us a new programming language called GAWK. It isn’t well known but it is incredibly efficient, which is very important when processing big data. Just being able to program in these alternative languages and the overall rigorous focus on quantitative mathematics – I was really able to leverage them in my interview process and I’m very sure they were some of the decisive factors of my eventual acceptance into Duke.”

    Binz’s favorite Master of Finance class is valuation with Professor Engelberg. “Especially working in a bank, I think valuation is something people see as a very fundamental and predetermined process but Professor Engelberg helped me to clear up misunderstandings that I think a lot of professionals in the industry have about valuation– about different methods, how to apply the correct discount rates, the different nuances, and how to construct the whole process,” said Binz.

    Binz will complete his Master of Finance program from the Rady School at the end of this school year and go on to start his PhD at Duke in the fall. After getting his PhD, Binz hopes to become a professor in the U.S. to pursue his passions for finance and accounting research in the field and teaching students.

    Watch our interview with Binz to learn about his background and Rady experience.

    Rady’s Master of Finance is a year-long program and emphasizes rigorous training in empirical finance, quantitative methods, financial econometrics, data analysis and risk management. Learn more about the program, what sets it apart and if it is the right fit for you.

    Lauren Herr is the Social Media Manager for the Rady School. In her free time she can be found snapping landscape pictures and taking advantage of San Diego's amazing beaches and coffee shops.


  • Rady Veteran's Association Highlights Military Values and Professional Development at First Annual Paintball Leadership Challenge

    April 21, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    The Rady Veterans’ Association (RVA) hosted its first annual Leadership Challenge at the San Diego Paintball Park to share military experiences and values with classmates in the hopes of developing strong and ethical business leaders.
  • My Spring Break, Right Here in San Diego

    April 9, 2015
    by Keith Louie

    MBA Career Connection's Top Sites for a Successful Career Strategy
  • Fall 2014 StartR Teams Present at Third StartR Demo Day

    April 14, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    At the Rady School of Management’s StartR Demo Day, StartR’s Fall 2014 teams had the opportunity to present their startups to investors, industry leaders and the Rady School community.
  • Return On Life

    April 8, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    The Rady Family Foundation makes a $100 Million Commitment to Benefit the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego
  • Why Rady? An MBA Student Perspective

    April 2, 2015
    by Emily (Na) Wei

    “Why did you decide to earn your MBA at Rady?” is the most frequently asked question I have received since my experience in the U.S. began less than two years ago.
  • Leveraging a Rady MBA for Military Career Advancement

    March 31, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    Lieutenant Commander Petro reflects below on why the Rady School was the right fit for him and how he leveraged his Rady MBA to advance his career within the military.
  • Transitioning From a Tech to Business Career with an MBA - Is it Really Possible?

    March 26, 2015
    by Shiva Swaminathan

    An MBA degree is often seen as a route for professionals with a technical or non-business background to transition into business-centric careers and we hear and see Rady students and alumni accomplish it time and time again. So why do some struggle to make that dream switch?
  • Rady School Team Selected for Hult Prize Finals

    March 24, 2015
    by Melinda Battenberg

    Team Develops Interactive Toy to Address Early Childhood Education Gap
  • A Day in the Life of a Rady MBA Student

    March 19, 2015
    by Julia Lee

    Julia Lee (’15) is a second-year student in the Rady School’s full-time MBA program, specializing in marketing. This is a glimpse into Lee’s everyday life as a Rady full-time MBA student.
  • Getting to Know the Rady School Student MBA Ambassadors, Part Six

    March 17, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    The Rady School’s student MBA Ambassadors serve as a peer-to-peer resource to answer questions and help prospective students get a feel for Rady’s student life, academics, culture and more. In the final part of our six-part series, Sarah Feldman shares her Rady story and advice to those interested in pursuing a Rady MBA.
  • Why Your Business Writing Should Be "Vocabu-wary"

    March 12, 2015
    by Jenny Baranick

    On the first day of class, I ask my college students which aspect of their writing they most hope to improve. For the ten years I have been teaching, the most popular answer I’ve received is they want to improve their vocabulary.
  • Getting to Know the Rady School Student MBA Ambassadors, Part Five

    March 10, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    The Rady School of Management encourages prospective students to interact with our Student MBA Ambassadors, who offer a broad and relatable perspective on student life, academics, and culture in San Diego. This blog, part five of a six-part series, features Lei Su, a full-time MBA student originally from China who shares his unique perspective on life at the Rady School.
  • Getting to Know the Rady School Student MBA Ambassadors, Part Four

    March 5, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    The Rady School’s Student MBA Ambassadors interact with prospective students to provide a peer-to-peer resource to help those interested get a better idea of Rady’s academics, student life and culture. This blog is part four of a six-part series featuring all of Rady’s MBA Student Ambassadors’ stories and advice for those interested in applying for a Rady MBA.
  • The Secret to Making Ethical Business Decisions

    March 3, 2015
    by Tricia Bertram Gallant

    We’ve all been there. We’ve done something wrong or something so “out of character” that we need to pretend (for our own sanity) that we didn’t do it or that we did it for the right reasons. Or we tell ourselves – “what I did wasn’t unethical because I’m a good person”.
  • 2015 Rady MBA Bay Area Trek Expands In Size, Company Visits & Opportunities

    February 26, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    Students from the Rady School traveled to the Bay Area January 29 to 30 to tour top companies, network with Bay Area alumni and help brand the Rady School outside of San Diego during the annual Bay Area Trek program.
  • A Beginner's Guide to Understanding and Navigating Generational Differences in the Workplace

    February 24, 2015
    by Delphene Black

    In many workplaces, there are four distinctively different generations working side by side, each with their own set of values, expectations, ways of operating and preferences. It can be a difficult challenge to chart a course through these differences and achieve a harmonious, productive and successful work environment.
  • My Adventures on Rady's Annual Bay Area MBA Career Trek

    February 19, 2015
    by Sarah Feldman

    The annual Bay Area Trek is not only a key element of Rady’s MBA experience for those interested in working or interning in the Silicon Valley, but also an opportunity to learn about a vast array of career opportunities and industry trends at large corporations and startups. Arranged by the Rady Careers Department, the Bay Area Trek includes visits anywhere from Google and Charles Schwab to Andreesen Horowitz and NetApp.
  • Talking Business with Rady Alum Chris Shively

    February 17, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    Online advertising technology company TrueX Media has had a heck of a past few months. In December TrueX announced its acquisition by 21st Century Fox Inc. for a sum of $200 million and this month announced a deal with Viacom to bring TrueX’s product to the media company’s profile of networks. Rady School alum Chris Shively (MBA ’14) and Manager of Global Business Development at TrueX shares his thoughts and experiences during TrueX’s big business moves.
  • Rady School Center for Business Analytics Partnership to Help Build the Future of Intelligent Transportation

    February 12, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    Urban Insights was founded to “bring the benefit of big data tools and the application of data science techniques to the transportation industry, which hasn’t yet benefited from getting access to these tools and capabilities in the way the private industry has,” says Phil Silver, Director of Business Development at Urban Insights. Recently, Urban Insights agreed to be a founding corporate partner of Rady’s Center for Business Analytics, to help support the Center’s initiatives to provide practical, real-life experience for students and faculty and use big-data applications to create ongoing solutions and impact for the business world.