In the fall semester of 2022, Cornell Engineering welcomed eleven new faculty members. While their fields of study run the gamut from gauging financial risk to understanding and controlling quantum... Read more about Cornell Engineering welcomed eleven new faculty in the fall 2022 semester
Johannes Wissel: Bringing financial industry experience into the classroom
- New Faculty Year: 2022
Professor of Practice, Operations Research and Information Engineering
Academic focus: As a Professor of Practice my primary focus is on teaching, though I also see some wonderful opportunities to dive more deeply into research questions I became interested in while in the financial industry.
Research summary: I am interested in exploring how expertise in the field of financial engineering could be used to answer some questions of price and efficiency that are arising in the transition to a new model of energy production and distribution.
What inspired you to pursue a career in this field? I have always loved mathematics. When I was younger the truth of numbers and math were very satisfying. As I got older and started to see some of the many applications of mathematics, I came to understand that it wasn’t as simple as I had thought. But that made it more interesting to me, not less. As a first-generation college graduate my parents were supportive of my academic decisions and that was helpful.
I always knew that I wanted to teach, so even though I worked in the financial industry in several positions, when the opportunity came to get back into academia I gladly said yes.
What are you most looking forward to as a Cornell Engineering faculty member? The students at Cornell are so bright and curious. I will be teaching undergraduates, masters students, and Ph.D. students and have the chance to share some of what I have learned in industry. I was a visiting assistant professor at Cornell from 2008 to 2012 before I got into financial consulting and research and I have always known that I love teaching. It is exciting to be back.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? I have a four-year old and a two-year old and they keep me very busy. We all like to go hiking when we can.