Mehrdad Samadi is a doctoral candidate in Finance at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he started his graduate studies in August 2011. Mehrdad's research interests include financial economics and market design. Prior to joining Kenan-Flagler, Mehrdad served as an Economist with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and as a Summer Analyst at Natixis Corporate and Investment Bank. Mehrdad earned a B.S. in Finance from Rutgers University in 2009.