Dr. Jessica Stauth is the managing director of portfolio management and research at Quantopian, a crowd-sourced quantitative investment firm, that inspires talented people from around the world to write investment algorithms. Jess and her team are in charge of selecting the algorithms from the Quantopian community, for the Quantopian portfolio.
Quantopian offers license agreements for algorithms that fit certain investment criteria, and licensing authors are paid based on their strategy's individual performance. Previously, she has worked as an equity quant analyst at the StarMine Corporation and as a Director of Quant Product Strategy for Thomson Reuters prior to joining Quantopian in August of 2013. Jess holds a PhD from UC Berkeley in Biophysics.
Travis E. Oliphant is a Founder and CEO/CTO of Quansight, a company that grows talent, builds technology, and discovers new products while sustaining open-source communities by helping companies gain actionable, quantitative insights from their data. Travis previously co-founded Anaconda Inc. (was Continuum Analytics) and served as its CEO. He continues as a Director of Anaconda, Inc. Since 1997, he worked with Python for numerical and scientific programming, notably as the primary developer of the NumPy package and as a founding contributor of the SciPy package. He is also the author of the definitive "Guide to NumPy".
Mr. Oliphant was an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at BYU from 2001-2007, where he taught courses in probability theory, electro-magnetic, inverse problems and signal processing. He also served as Director of the Biomedical Imaging Lab, where he researched satellite remote sensing, MRI, ultrasound, elastography and scanning impedance imaging. From 2007-2011, Travis was the President at Enthought, Inc. Travis has worked with Fortune 50 companies in finance, oil-and-gas and consumer-products. He has been involved in all aspects of the contractual relationship, including consulting, training, code-architecture and development. He engages customers, develops business strategy and guides technical direction of projects. He actively contributes to software development and engages with the wider open source community in the Python ecosystem. Travis has a Ph.D. from the Mayo Clinic and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University.