Learning is not limited by a class schedule. At Berkeley Haas you'll find an array of opportunities to build your knowledge, network, and skillset.


The Citadel Data Open is “where the world’s best intellectual athletes come to compete.” The competitions, called Datathons, start at the regional level, where teams from leading schools compete against each other to analyze a large, complex dataset and present their findings. Winning teams move on to the national competition. In 2022, MFE student Dmitry Silantyev and teammates took home the $100K grand prize. Berkeley MFE teams also won first and second place at the regional level.

Financial Engineering Student Association 

The Financial Engineering Student Association (FESA) is the Berkeley Haas Master of Financial Engineering student-led club. The mission of FESA is to build an inclusive and empowering community and to improve the MFE program experience for current and future classes. 

FESA Leadership Board members represent the MFE cohort and work closely with the MFE Program Office. The FESA Leadership Board develops professional and social experiences to deepen your knowledge of the field, grow your network, and strengthen your bonds within the MFE and Berkeley Haas community. 

All MFE students are automatically members of FESA. 

Professional Development

FESA works closely with the MFE Program Office to identify industry leaders and guest speakers of interest in order to provide students with valuable insights on the industry and future outlook.

Academic Experience

FESA works closely with the MFE Program Office to communicate highlights and concerns to improve the overall academic experience. The FESA Leadership Board maintains a close relationship with the office to collaborate on ensuring student’s academic success.

Relationship Building

Social experiences are planned throughout the academic year to support you in deepening  your relationship with your cohort and enhancing your network here at Haas and beyond! Experiences range from class trips to Napa and Tahoe, to barbecues, potlucks, mixers, karaoke nights and hikes! Whether you are into the great outdoors, sports or a big foodie, FESA will ensure you are part of a tight-knit MFE community.

Learn More About FESA Leadership Board positions here! 

  • The President leads the FESA Board and oversees the rest of the officers.
  • The Vice-President supports the President and leads the team in the President’s absence.
  • The Treasurers are in charge of managing FESA funds. 
  • The Social Chairs plan social events for the MFE students to build a safe, equitable, inclusive, and engaged community.
  • The Curriculum Representatives provide feedback and report any potential challenges/issues to the office regarding the courses and the overall curriculum.
  • The Women’s Chairs work collaboratively with the MFE Office in order to develop programming and design initiatives to empower women in the cohort. Learn more about our Women's Leadership Initiative.
  • DEI Chair leads the DEI initiatives.
  • Director of Innovation works with the program office to lead new initiatives and think about innovation in the program holistically.

2024–2025 FESA Board

Zhou, Michelle

Michelle Zhou


Ruggiero, Giovanni

Giovanni Ruggiero

Vice President

Elmas, Husna

Husna Elmas

Women's Chair

Narsaria, Aman

Aman Narsaria


Sarathy, Grahithaa

Grahithaa Sarathy


Steel, Ben

Benjamin Steel

Curriculum Rep

Zhong, David

David Zhong

Curriculum Rep

Frick, Jan-Luca

Jan-Luca Frick

Social Chair

Gupta, Harit

Harit Gupta

Social Chair

Chen, Angel

Angel Chen

DEI Chair

Gupta, Sahil

Sahil Gupta

Director of Innovation

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