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Campus News : CONNECT:UOW July 2012
8 CONNECT :UOW JULY 2012 CONNECT: ALUMNI When University of Wollongong Mathematics and Engineering student Mitchell Smith joins global securities firm Tibra Capital in January he will feel right at home at a company with strong ties to the University. Two of Tibra Capital's co-founders, Tim Berry (Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance) and Christian King (Bachelor of Commerce), are UOW graduates, and the company has maintained a strong connection with UOW since it started with just 17 employees in 2006. Tibra Capital now has over 270 employees at its offices in Wollongong, Sydney, London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Chicago. It specialises in equities trading, arbitrage, market making and asset management, operating in every electronic market in the world. Eight of the staff at Tibra's beachfront office at Austinmer in Wollongong's northern suburbs are UOW graduates, with degrees in Mathematics and Finance, Computer Science, Computing Engineering, Commerce and Telecommunications Engineering. Building on this strong history of employing UOW graduates, the company now provides undergraduate work integrated scholarships worth $15,000 and $7000 corporate scholarships for UOW Mathematics students. Senior Tibra staff have also been working with the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics (SMAS) in the Faculty of Informatics to develop a special major in the Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (BMathFin) for financial markets and trading -- called Quantitative and Computational Trading. It is the first major of its kind in Australia, and puts UOW BMathFin graduates at the forefront of new developments in the industry. "The international finance industry is extrem fast-paced, and it is vital to stay abreast of developments," Mr Berry said. "We have been working with the Uni to develop a course that we feel will equip graduates with the skills to be successful in our industry." SMAS Head of School Professor Jacqui Ramagge said senior Tibra staff had provided invaluable input into the development of the course. "They told us all things they needed of their graduates, includ some very sophisticated requirements. We were able to cover all the bases they wanted." She said the relationship was "good for us, and good for Tibra". "We are grateful that Tibra keeps us informed on how the industry is changing so that we can continue to produce market-ready graduates. And our students think it is brilliant. It is really motivating for them to understand exactly what the companies working in this industry want them to know." Tibra's Global Human Resources head Paul Lonsdale said the company had been motivated to work with UOW on the course development because of the quality of the graduates it had already employed. "With two of our founders being UOW graduates, and the evidence of the other graduates we have taken on, you'd have to say that the quality of the degrees in areas like Mathematics and Computer Science is well proven," Mr Lonsdale said. "Mathematics is a big part of our industry but unfortunately there are not a lot of Mathematics graduates ... people just don't seem to understand where Maths degrees can take them." nsdale said a hoped the holarships ould encourage more people to raduate with Maths degrees. r Berry said hoped some ose graduates oin Tibra. OW graduates wanting to work in international finance had to go off to Sydney or overseas looking for work, whether they wanted to leave or not. So we think it is good for the region that talented people who want to work in this industry and stay living here can now do so," Mr Berry said. Mitchell Smith is certainly delighted to have been offered a job with Tibra when he graduates at the end of the year. Mitchell, who will be graduating in December with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and a Bachelor of Mathematics, grew up in Dapto. Recently engaged to a school teacher (and UOW graduate) who works at one the region's primary schools, he is delighted to be able to move into a career in international finance without having to leave home. Mitchell said he was particularly interested in mathematical modelling to predict price movements across different capital markets. This information is used to manage risk in one of Tibra Capital's key specialities, arbitrage -- the buying and selling of securities and money in different markets to capitalise on unequal prices. NH MATHS STUDENTS CAPITALISE ON TIBRA CONNECTION UOW student Mitchell Smith (centre) with the UOW graduates he will be working with when he joins Tibra Capital after he graduates in December (from left): Tibra co-founders Tim Berry (Mathematics and Finance, 2000) and Christian King (Commerce, 2002), Ben Savage (Computer Engineering, 2005), Adam Parks (Computer Science, 2010), Andrew Morris (completing Mathematics -- Advanced with a Computer Science major), Ryan Omrod (Mathematics and Finance, 2004), Andrew Wade (Telecommunications Engineering 2001) and Mathew Mazur (Mathematics and Finance/ Computer Science 2010). Tibra's Wollongong office overlooks Austinmer beach. mely l the ding were Mr Lon Tibra sch wo m gr M Mr heh of tho would jo "Historically U