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Add to Calendar 9/16/2016 10:30 am 9/16/2016 America/Chicago Special Physics Careers Seminar: "Career Reflections with Paul Walker" DESCRIPTION:

Abstract: Paul Walker will talk about his life in technology and finance, how his physics degree prepared him for it (and how it didn’t), and will host an active Q&A session.

Bio: Paul Walker is a retired Goldman Sachs partner. He holds a BA in physics from Cornell University and a physics PhD from UIUC. Paul’s PhD in numerical general relativity helped us begin understanding the gravitational wave signal from in-spiraling binary black holes. The code he worked on, The Cactus Code, is still used in relativity research around the world. After finishing his PhD in 1998, Paul relocated to New York and began a career in finance. After a short time at another bank, he went to Goldman Sachs. He held several roles at Goldman, including building the firm’s core risk systems, managing securities businesses, and finally co-heading the firm’s technology division. Paul retired from Goldman in early 2016, and is now an advisory director to the firm. Paul is active in science and education philanthropy and is on the board of several charities, including the New York Academy of Sciences. He and his wife spend time thinking about ways to democratize science education, and work on helping socio-economically diverse students overcome the obstacles they face due to a lack of social capital.

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Dr. Paul Walker, retired partner, Goldman Sachs

204 Loomis Laboratory (Interaction Room)

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Special Physics Careers Seminar: "Career Reflections with Paul Walker"

Speaker Dr. Paul Walker, retired partner, Goldman Sachs
Date: 9/16/2016
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location:

204 Loomis Laboratory (Interaction Room)

Event Contact: Lance Cooper
Sponsor:

Department of Physics

Event Type: Alumni Speaker Seminar
 

Abstract: Paul Walker will talk about his life in technology and finance, how his physics degree prepared him for it (and how it didn’t), and will host an active Q&A session.

Bio: Paul Walker is a retired Goldman Sachs partner. He holds a BA in physics from Cornell University and a physics PhD from UIUC. Paul’s PhD in numerical general relativity helped us begin understanding the gravitational wave signal from in-spiraling binary black holes. The code he worked on, The Cactus Code, is still used in relativity research around the world. After finishing his PhD in 1998, Paul relocated to New York and began a career in finance. After a short time at another bank, he went to Goldman Sachs. He held several roles at Goldman, including building the firm’s core risk systems, managing securities businesses, and finally co-heading the firm’s technology division. Paul retired from Goldman in early 2016, and is now an advisory director to the firm. Paul is active in science and education philanthropy and is on the board of several charities, including the New York Academy of Sciences. He and his wife spend time thinking about ways to democratize science education, and work on helping socio-economically diverse students overcome the obstacles they face due to a lack of social capital.

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