A passionate dedication to lifelong learning and career progression is a common trait of alumni from the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. We reached out to some outstanding Lerner alumni to share their professional experiences and insights on improving the world of business for future generations of Blue Hens.
Disen Wang earned a doctorate in financial services analytics (FSAN) in 2021 and currently works as a quantitative research analyst at Morningstar in Jersey City, New Jersey. Wang spoke with Lerner about his journey to the FSAN program and what he learned through the program at Lerner.
Lerner: Why did you decide to pursue your program at the Lerner College?
Wang: To experience a new learning environment and pursue my academic goal.
Lerner: What did you learn through this opportunity that you wouldn’t have learned anywhere else?
Wang: I’ve learned cutting-edge techniques and hands on data analysis experience that help me to be outstanding on the job market.
Lerner: Please share an example of a course or concept that you were able to apply directly to your life and/or career.
Wang: Professor Adam Fleischhacker used to teach us about finding the bottleneck of the pipeline to improve the overall performance. This method has helped me multiple times both on career and in my life.
Lerner: Describe an important connection you have made through your program.
Wang: I’ve made some lifelong friends through this program and learned a lot from professors.
Lerner: If you were to describe your classmates in one word, what would that be and why?
Wang: Supportive. Whenever I met with difficulties, they never hesitate to help me out.
Lerner: Fill in this sentence: “My program helped me become…”
Lerner: What piece of advice would you give to current UD students?
Wang: Stay focused on your goal and work hard.
Lerner: What are your professional plans or next steps for the future?
Wang: Going back to China and starting up a company.
Lerner: What piece of advice do you have for fellow businesspeople?
Wang: Explore every opportunity.
Lerner: What does it mean to you to be a Lifelong Lerner?
Wang: Stay connected with my fellows.