Sample Projects

High impact student projects with the WPI Wall Stree & FinTech Project Center include important initiatives that make a genuine difference at major global investment banks and other financial services and FinTech leaders like Angelo Gordon, Vestigo Ventures, or BNP Paribas.  Many of these projects have solved significant challenges at sponsor firms, and they have resulted in major management implementations and organizational cost savings. They also present an opportunity for project sponsors to see WPI students in action and consider them for possible employment in the future.  Included below are just a few examples of our projects.


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St. Mary Axe in London Financial District by Robert Bauer (Own work, also on www.robert-bauer.eu) [CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Bloomberg Replicator

Bloomberg Professional is a third-party trading application used by the trading staff, middle and back office users, and developers at many financial institutions, including one of our project sponsors. It is used for many different functions, including viewing market data, conducting electronic trading with customers, and reviewing historical data. For this project, a student team developed an application that imitates the functionality of the Bloomberg Bond Security Description Screen, Bond Yield and Spread Screen, Credit Default Swap Security Description Screen and the Credit Default Swap Valuation Screen using the sponsor firm’s in-house coding platform and fixed income data sources. The application allows the project sponsor firm to validate the quality of in-house reference data and risk analytics, and it substantially increases the number of employees who have access to this internal data set.


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Wall Street” by Emmanuel Huybrechts from Laval, Canada | Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Mobile Reporting Application

A sponsoring firm used an external service platform to report and track application issues internally. The platform was available on work-based computers with only limited mobile device access. With the increasing use of personal smartphones, specifically Apple and Android devices, it became imperative to provide this platform on these devices as well. The team was tasked with creating a live prototype application to fill this void. The outcome of the project was a prototype application that works on iOS devices and reports real-time incident data.


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Students consult with Professor Art Gerstenfeld on a project.

 Tactical Data Management

This project focused on delivering a business intelligence system to the project sponsor that would store data for easy access by end users, while providing important auditing information for internal business clients. The solution integrated Microsoft Excel, Tableau, a Python module, and a standalone CSV module that could each communicate with a central database. By normalizing each data item, the data were independent of the originating program and could be successfully imported by any of the appropriate parts of the system. This system will:

  • Help facilitate collaboration within the organization,
  • Reduce the time spent on data intensive tasks, and
  • Provide important records for compliance purposes.

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“1 Wall Street” by Gryffindor (Own work.) | Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Data Driven Decision-Making

This project investigated data reporting in various fixed income information technology management systems at a sponsor bank to produce optimized project reports for effective decision-making. The student project team conducted a series of interviews to understand the systems usage and developed conclusions and recommendations to improve project reporting for data driven decision-making. The students created a proposed reporting template and recommended future improvements to the project sponsor.


Workflow and Issue Management

This project improved workflow and issue management across national borders and among group divisions within the project sponsor bank. The project goals were to create a best practices document (“BPD”) compiling suggestions for enhancements to the existing issue management module, and to develop mock-up functional screens illustrating the best practices. The WPI Wall Street Project Center team conducted research and interviews to identify functionality gaps needing improvement. The BPD proposed options for closing these gaps, thereby ensuring financial and managerial transparency and efficiency at the sponsor firm.


WANT TO LEARN MORE?

If you are a firm or organization in the investment and financial services sector that could benefit from a creative, problem-solving team of students focused on issues related to the intersection of finance and technology, please contact us to learn more.  Or, if you are a WPI student interested in participating in the Project Center, please let us know.

Contact the Center Director: Kevin Sweeney (Email: kmsweeney@wpi.edu | Mobile: 413-427-7416)


Present and Past Sponsors

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