Interview with Doctor Calhoun

Professor George Calhoun is Director of the Quantitative Finance program at Stevens. He teaches the mandatory introductory sequence for Quantitative Finance majors, QF 101 and QF 102, so he is no stranger to Quantitative Finance majors. Professor Calhoun’s experience and background prior to coming to Stevens in 2003 involved about 25 years of being a part of the high tech wireless industry. He was co-founder of the company InterDigital (NASDAQ: IDCC) which did the early development of digital cellular industry technology. In addition to InterDigital, Professor Calhoun worked as the CEO of Illinois Superconductor Corporation for 3 years. The company utilized high temperature superconducting material in order to create advanced wireless infrastructure. While business and finance are Professor Calhoun’s area of focus presently, he studied Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  However, he migrated towards business and systems science field and received his PhD from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Professor Calhoun is only impressed of the quality of students at Stevens. He views them as highly motivated with a tremendous work ethic. “In most colleges you take 4 courses a semester. At Stevens, students take 6 or 7 courses,” he praises. He finds himself always looking to challenge students in order to keep them interested and on their feet. When asked for advice for incoming freshman, Professor Calhoun suggested that students should not stress or worry too much, and to be aware of the challenging lifestyle change. “I advise freshman to try and not do everything all at once, take it easy, absorb the new rhythm of their life. Learn that doing your laundry can be just as important as doing your homework.”