B.Sc.(Bocconi) M.A. (Columbia) Ph.D. (UTS)
1975 - 2007
In commemoration of our student, colleague and friend, Nicola Bruti Liberati who tragically died on Tuesday 28th August 2007 in a motor cycle accident on his way to work at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Nicola was a Senior Research Associate in the School of Finance & Economics at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) specialising in mathematical and computational finance, and numerical methods for stochastic differential equations.
Born in Milan Italy, Nicola's academic interests turned toward the quantitative during his tertiary education. In March 2001 he was awarded the Laureate in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan, as well as Bocconi's University Medal. From there he travelled to New York where he completed a Master of Arts in Mathematics with specialization in the Mathematics of Finance at Columbia University, achieving the highest grades. Nicola then set his sights across the Pacific, coming to Australia to undertake research in Numerical Finance Methods for a Ph.D. at the UTS School of Finance and Economics. His supervisor, Professor Eckhard Platen was to become his mentor and friend. Nicola submitted his Ph.D. thesis in April 2007, receiving outstanding evaluations by his examiners and was readily accepted for award of the degree which was to be formally conferred at a graduation ceremony in September 2007.
Nicola's acute and agile mind enabled him to achieve goals impressive for someone at such an early stage in their career: he presented papers at numerous international conferences; he had already nine publications to his name; and he was the driving force behind a major UTS challenge grant with Associate Professor Massimo Piccardy from the UTS IT Faculty.
The world of financial research is significantly poorer for the premature loss of this talented and hard working young researcher. His modest and friendly nature will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his family, friends and colleagues.
The Bruti-Liberati Visiting Fellowship Fund provides funding for an outstanding researcher to visit UTS for a period of up to six weeks to work in the area of quantitative finance.