Professor Profiles: Robert Engle, NYU Stern School of Business

Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a business school to attend, but the educational experience itself is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we profile Robert Engle from New York University’s (NYU’s) Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Robert Engle, NYU SternRobert Engle (“Volatility”), who received the Nobel Prize in 2003 for his studies on ARCH (autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity, a method for modeling volatility), is director of the Volatility Institute at NYU Stern. Engle began his career in physics with a BS from Williams College and an MA from Cornell before economics drew him away. In an April 2011 interview with the school’s newspaper, Stern Opportunity, he remarked, “When I left physics I was worried that I would miss building and playing with stuff, but as it turns out, what I really love is building economic and statistical models that help us understand risk in the market!” Adding, “My colleagues are interesting, my students are interesting and the city is interesting,” Engle also stated, “Stern has also taken a leading role in understanding the financial crisis and the regulatory issues that followed. I completely enjoy that!”

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