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Victoria Averbukh

Professor of Practice
Operations Research and Information Engineering

Biography

Victoria Averbukh is a Professor of Practice at the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering and the Director of Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan (CFEM). Victoria received her B.A. in Mathematics from NYU in 1993 and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell ORIE in 1997.

After completing her Ph.D., Victoria worked in Fixed Income Research at Salomon Brothers (now Citi) as a strategist covering U.S. Treasury futures, and later Mortgage-Backed Securities. In 2004 she joined Deutsche Bank, where she became the Head of Structured Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Research. During her Wall Street career, Victoria focused on transaction-oriented research in fixed income. She has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Bloomberg Radio.

CFEM was established in 2007 to serve as a satellite Manhattan campus for ORIE M.Eng. students interested in careers in quantitative finance.  As a director of CFEM, Victoria leverages her knowledge of financial markets and broad relationships within the financial industry to ensure that students receive the practical and hands-on education needed to start their careers. 

Research Interests

Victoria’s research focuses on financial modeling within area of fixed income and Mortgage-Backed Securities in particular.

Teaching Interests

Victoria’s courses emphasize practical and transaction-oriented approach to valuation and pricing of interest-rate securities. In addition, the courses taught by Victoria Averbukh include presentation and independent project components to encourage students to learn about the relevant issues in the financial markets and practice their ability to present technical content to a wide audience.