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    Trambak Banerjee

    Ph.D. Candidate in Data Sciences and Operations
    Trambak is a PhD student in Statistics at USC Marshall School of Business. His research interests include high-dimensional statistical inference, large scale optimization techniques and computational statistics. He has previously served as a quantitative risk modeler in the financial services sector where he developed statistical models for estimating banking regulatory capital for Credit and Operational risk events.

    Katherine Bruere

    Ph.D. Student in Accounting
    Katherine Bruere is a Ph.D. student in the Leventhal School of Accounting. She is interested in empirical financial research, specifically capital markets, earnings management, and disclosure. Prior to starting the Ph.D. program, Katherine worked at Ernst & Young as an auditor in Dallas’ Financial Services division, as well as an accountant at Merit Energy. Katherine earned a BA and an MA in Accounting at Baylor University (2014) and is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas.

    Luis Felipe Cabezon

    Ph.D. Candidate in Finance and Business Economics

    Gizem Ceylan

    Ph.D. Candidate in Marketing
    Gizem Ceylan is a Ph.D. student in Marketing specializing in consumer behavior in technology-mediated environments, visual word-of-mouth, and psychology of social media. In one line of research, she explores how people express their experiences at the interplay of visual and textual information. She specifically examines whether photos indeed are worth a thousand words. On a separate line of research, she studies how people’s motivational processes (such as self presentational goals) may impact the spread of misinformation on online networks. She uses variety of methods (meta-analysis, text analysis using both dictionary and computational methods) to study these topics.

    Constantin Charles

    Ph.D. Student in Finance and Business Economics

    AJ Chen

    Ph.D. Student in Accounting
    AJ Chen is a Ph.D. student in Accounting at the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, Marshall School of Business. Prior to joining the Ph.D. Program, he worked as an associate in the investment banking industry, as well as analyst in commodities trading. He also had experience at PwC Boston.

    Hailong Cui

    Ph.D. Candidate in Data Sciences and Operations
    I am primarily interested in data-driven prediction, inference and decision-making in the context of online retail and consumer returns, sustainable operations, incentive design and worker productivity. In my research, I utilize tools from optimization, game theory, machine learning, high-dimensional statistics and econometrics. During my Ph.D. studies, I have co-authored three journal papers that have been published or accepted for publication in M&SOM and EJOR, and one more journal paper that is currently under 2nd round review at Management Science. Prior to my Ph.D. studies, I worked as a fraud risk manager with American Express, and as a credit risk analyst with HSBC.

    Jennifer D'Angelo

    Ph.D. Candidate in Marketing
    Jennifer D'Angelo is a Ph.D. student in Marketing specializing in consumer behavior research. Her research currently focuses on interpersonal relationships and product customization. Prior to entering the program, Jennifer worked as a research analyst, helping guide marketing strategy for companies including the Los Angeles Times, Target, and General Mills.