About the Michigan Ross FinTech Initiative

The Michigan Ross FinTech Initiative bridges the gap between traditional business education and the skills employers need, now and in the future. We achieve this with:

A variety of fintech courses for both undergrad and graduate students.

Faculty research into important issues concerning finance and technology.

Extensive outreach to alumni and industry to maximize the practical impact of the initiative.

Faculty Leadership

Robert Dittmar

Professor of Finance

Robert Dittmar’s research interests include the use of initial coin offerings to raise capital, and empirical and theoretical issues in asset pricing. His work has been published in The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and other top journals. He teaches the FinTech Innovations course and several other BBA- and MBA-level courses, as well as advising the student-run Maize and Blue Fund. He also teaches courses in the doctoral program at Michigan Ross. Prior to joining Ross in 2003, he was an assistant professor at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and he worked for First Chicago Corp. (now part of JPMorgan Chase) and First Union National Bank Corp. (now part of Wells Fargo). He holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina and a BS from the University of Illinois.

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Andrew Wu

Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow​

Andrew Wu conducts extensive fintech research, particularly into blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and robo-advisors. He also applies machine learning and automated text analysis to large-scale, unstructured data. His research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, and he has contributed op-ed articles to The Hill. He teaches the FinTech Innovations and Global Business Field Projects in FinTech courses, and he taught an Executive Education program on Smart Banking in the Age of FinTech for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. He holds a PhD in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in mathematics and economics from Yale University.

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Staff Leadership

Andrea PerryAndrea Perry

Senior Director of Stewardship & Development Operations​​

Andrea Perry has worked in the higher education field for over 12 years, and specifically at Michigan Ross for the past seven years. She manages donor stewardship, communications, events, annual giving, corporate relations, and data analytics functions for the Development & Alumni Relations team at Ross. She holds a master’s in urban planning from New York University and a BS in environmental policy and behavior from the University of Michigan.

Our FinTech Initiative Founding Partner:

Chicago-based PEAK6 is redefining what it means to be an investment firm. PEAK6 is driven to see solutions others don’t and capitalize on opportunities others miss. This ambitious, visionary approach has helped PEAK6 establish and grow a diverse range of successful ventures, including investments and businesses across a range of industries.

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