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With Michael Van Steen (ex-Dir., Moody's Analytics).
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 05:45 PM   $15
Venue, 535 Mission St
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We are launching a career track series on popular demand.

Please join us for talk by Michael Van Steen who not only made a super successful transition from traditional engineering into financial services early in his career, but continues to work at the crossroad of finance & technology for over two decades.Here in Silicon Valley, we find many folks wanting to know how to make the transition from engineering into the very nuanced & regulated financial services industry. We often are asked, How does someone with a traditional engineering background, yet with little knowledge of financial services, learn & launch products in finance? This talks aims to help provide answers to that question.Michael van Steen, has undergraduate & graduate engineering degrees in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley, spent the first part of his career teaching upper division fluid mechanics classes at Cal & then, for a major global engineering firm, analyzing large dams, designing undersea natural gas pipelines, & building LNG terminals. From this very traditional engineering background, he moved, literally over a weekend years ago, into credit models, financial platform development, payment system technology, & bank portfolio simulations.Michael will discuss how this career move happened, the differences between, say, traditional engineering & the engineering he has seen & led at fintechs, & enumerate the various ways he has seen engineering types succeed, & not succeed, when making this move. In particular, Michael will discuss how his very technical background was positioned to the financial institutions he worked for & also the ways he needed to change to work in these environments.This should be a illuminating & informative talk given Michael's vast knowledge & work in the industry along with his great sense of humor.Please sign up soon, we expect this talk to be sold out.

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