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Zan-En Z

- Research Program Mentor

MSE candidate at University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)


Research, finance, commercial real estate, coding and data science


I am currently pursuing my Masters in Computer Information and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania and I am passionate about computer science and finance. I am also a CFA charterholder with over seven years of financial research experience. As computing power continues to grow exponentially, the possibilities and the corresponding impact on human society will be limitless. In particular, I am excited to be in the field as I can leverage the power of code to solve problems, enhance decision making, sharpen data projections, and improve overall productivity. My personal interests include basketball and hiking while my hobbies include making music.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Build neural nets for classification and projection

Use Python and related libraries in order to build neural networks to classify and predict images and text.

Build a three-statement financial spreadsheet model

Use accounting statements as well as economic and industry data to build a three-statement financial model for earnings projection and stock valuation.

Coding skills

Python, Java, HTML, SQL, C

Languages I know

Mandarin - intermediate

Teaching experience

I have prior mentorship and teaching experience as part of the United Way where I volunteered as a community mentor. Our primary tasks were to help mentees with their interviewing, communication, computer and overall employability skills. Years ago, I was also a piano instructor and taught students of all ages from RCM level 1 through level 8.


Work experience

CIBC (2017 - 2022)
Research Associate
BMO (2014 - 2017)
Research Associate


Queen's University
BBA Bachelor of Business Administration (2013)
Business and Finance
University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
MSE Master of Science in Engineering candidate
Computer Science

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