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About

​​​Mission

The Arditti Center for Risk Management aims to promote excellence in the education, research and practice of risk management. The center will fulfill this mission by:

  • Leading the design and implementation of a state-of the-art curriculum in risk management
  • Implementing an applied research agenda that encourages innovations in the field
  • Collaborating with industry partners that allow students to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems while earning academic credit and giving companies talented resources to deal with risk management issues.
Fred Arditti

History

The Department of Finance & Real Estate established the Arditti Center for Risk Management with a grant from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Trust in 2006. The center honors Fred Arditti's lifetime achievements and to continue the important work in risk management in the areas of education, research and practice.

Arditti's work embodied a passion for innovative thinking and practical benefit to commerce and markets. He was passionate about bridging the gap between academia and the industry, about educating students who can "do things," and producing rigorous, innovative research that is first and foremost practical.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Fred Arditti studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in economics. After a career in academia at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Florida, Arditti entered the financial industry, ultimately joining the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) as its chief economist in 1980. He held that position until 1982, pioneering futures contracts that helped transform how businesses and individuals manage risk. Most notable was Arditti's work with the exchange's Eurodollar Contract, the world's most actively traded futures contract. Arditti joined DePaul's faculty in 1990.

In 1997, he returned to CME. As senior executive vice president of planning and development, he was instrumental in organizing CME's business development structure to strengthen its focus on innovation as it faced intensive competition in the new century from domestic and international markets. It was during this time that he originated weather futures and led CME's electronic trading business, which now accounts for about 75% of the exchange's trade. Alongside his academic and industry activities, Arditti published widely in various academic journals. Most notably, he authored "Derivatives," which has become one of the most assigned books on that subject at many universities.

Arditti Center Staff

Cynthia Edwalds
Executive Director and Senior Instructor
(312) 362-6039
cynthia.edwalds@depaul.edu

Vahap Uysal
Academic Director and​ Professor
(312) 362-8826
vuysal@depaul.edu

Eric Holst
Associate Director, Research Institute
(312) 362-5801
eholst1@depaul.edu

Contact Us:

Arditti Center for Risk Management
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 52000
Chicago, IL 60604

Email: arditti@depaul.edu