Careers in Computational Mathematics

Student profile: Computational Math Leads to Career in Finance

Xiaolu SunXiaolu Sun started the Waterloo Master’s program in Computational Mathematics in September 2009, after obtaining an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto. He studies Computational Mathematics to prepare for a career in Finance. Less than halfway through the program, he was hired by J.P.Morgan for their investment banking operations and technology department based in Hong Kong. He was selected after five rounds of interviews and tests from a large pool of highly qualified applicants, many of which were enrolled in specialized Finance programs. A major reason why Xiaolu was chosen is because of his advanced mathematical modeling and computing skills, which are critical for today’s Finance applications, and lie at the core of Waterloo’s Master’s program in Computational Mathematics.

Examples of co-op students at work

  • Actuarial Analyst - Co-op, The Economical Insurance Group, (Waterloo, ON)
  • Lead Software Developer, Web Development Canada, (Cambridge, ON)
  • Jr. Business Analyst Intern, Clear-to-Close Solutions, (Denville, NJ, USA)
  • Quality Assurance Analyst - Digital, Indigo Books & Music Inc., (Toronto, ON)
  • Supply Chain Business Analyst, Mark's Work Warehouse (Calgary, AB)
  • Research Assistant, Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS)

Examples of Computational Mathematics students at work

  • Network Manager, Canada Institute of Linguistics
  • Process & Technology Officer, Canadian National Railway Co.
  • Development Analyst, Network-Centric Prod & Technologies, IBM
  • Senior Structural Designer, Zefer Corporation
  • Security Analyst, 724 Solutions Inc.