Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan 2022 Future Of Finance Speaker Profile: Gordon Ritter 2019 Quant of the Year & Cornell Financial Engineering Adjoint Professor
Gordon Ritter completed his doctorate in mathematical physics at Harvard University in 2007. His publications at Harvard covered quantum field theory, differential geometry, quantum computation, and abstract algebra, including a well-known simplicity theorem. known for Kac-Moody groups and a mathematically rigorous theorem. treatment of the Euclidean QFT on Riemannian manifolds. Before Harvard, he received his bachelor’s degree with honors in mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Ritter currently teaches at Columbia, NYU, the University of Chicago, and the Baruch MFE program. His academic research focuses on portfolio optimization and statistical machine learning; his publications in finance can be found in journals such as Risk, the Journal of Portfolio Management. Journal of Financial Data Science, European Journal of Operations Research and others.
It was named Buy-Side Quant of the Year in 2019!
(Researchers who received the same honor in other years included Marcos Lopez de Prado, Alex Lipton and Jean-Philippe Bouchaud). Alongside his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Ritter works full-time in industry. In 2019 he founded Ritter Alpha LP. A Registered Investment Advisor executing systematic absolute return trading strategies across multiple asset classes and geographies, based on cutting-edge technology and rigorous applications of statistics and the scientific method to investment problems.
Prior to founding Ritter Alpha, he built a successful trading system from the ground up at GSA Capital, a four-time winner of the Equity Market Neutral & Quantitative Strategies category at the Eurohedge Awards. Prior to GSA, Dr. Ritter was Vice Chairman of Highbridge Capital Management (HCM) and a senior member of HCM’s Statistical Arbitrage Group. Plus, a small team sharing complete discretion over systematic trading models that have generated billions in profits for investors and directed trillions of dollars in global equities, futures and options trades. Several senior members of the HCM statistical arbitrage group later joined Gordon at Ritter Alpha. Finally, in his spare time, Gordon enjoys scuba diving in Hawaii. Additionally, he is passionate about preserving native Hawaiian culture and marine ecosystems.