Edward D. Weinberger, Ph.D., began his career as a computer programmer for various NASA contractors. After graduate school he did two post-doctorates, the first with MacArthur Prize Winner Stuart Kauffman, the second with Nobel Laureate Manfred Eigen. Ed has been a Wall Street “quant” on the interest rate derivatives desk of HSBC, a risk manager/risk technologist at Deutsche Bank, a risk advisor at KPMG, and a consultant to a major interbank clearing house, to a boutique debt issuer debt issuer and to independent hedge funds. He has published over 25 papers in academic journals and anthologies on various applications of mathematics.

Often dismayed by the lack of understanding of quantitative methods displayed by financial professionals and the lack of finance knowledge on the part of other quants and software developers, he addressed the problem as an early contributor to GARP’s Financial Risk Manager training program and through his teaching at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Ed determined to co-found WPQ when the mortgage meltdown confirmed his worst fears about the effects of this fundamental lack of financial understanding.