Bergstresser, Nierenberg win business school teaching awards
Dan Bergstresser and Eric Nierenberg have been honored with the 2013 Faculty Teaching Awards at Brandeis International Business School.
An associate professor of finance, Bergstresser teaches classes in fixed income securities, corporate financial engineering and venture capital. His research focuses on municipal finance and the impact of taxation, regulation, and market structure on financial markets. In 2006 and 2007, he worked for the investment manager Barclays Global Investors, serving in London as head of European credit research. He earned a PhD in economics at MIT and an AB at Stanford University.
“What he teaches in class is not only the theories, but the practical skills to manage portfolio risk and react properly to market changes,” wrote one student in the school’s end-of-year course evaluations. “He teaches thinking patterns that help students understand and not just memorize.”
Nierenberg, an adjunct professor, teaches courses in investments, international portfolio management and options and derivatives. This past fall he was chosen to serve as senior investment officer for the Massachusetts state pension board, where he oversees the board’s hedge fund strategies. He holds an AB and a PhD in business economics from Harvard University and is a former portfolio co-manager at Lee Munder Capital Group.
“Options and derivatives have always been intimidating subjects to many students, but in Professor Nierenberg’s class, we get a sort of bottom-up understanding of these concepts,” wrote a student. “He also shares with us his experiences with the state pension fund, which gives us a further understanding of a different realm of the finance world.”