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April 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Alumnus Reflects on Caltech Mentors including Linde Institute Director Jaksa Cvitanic

When Sam Barnett (BS ’12) was an undergraduate at Caltech, he began doing independent research with Jaksa Cvitanic, Richard N. Merkin Professor of Mathematical Finance and Director of The Ronald and Maxine Linde Institute of Economic and Management Sciences. As a mentor, Cvitanic would discuss ideas with Barnett and encouraged him to approach an investment opportunity as an experiment.

“Jaksa introduced me to my first investor, and the summer after my sophomore year I began managing $2 million,” said Barnett. “I discovered that I loved the experiment. I launched SBB Research Group the following year and started looking for my first employee.”

Barnett is now CEO of his investment firm near Chicago and a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at Northwestern University. Read the full story from the Caltech “Breakthrough” Campaign here.