The Women behind Apex Crypto

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From Intern to Software Engineer and Campus Tech Recruiter | PEAK6

Youmna Rabie joined PEAK6 in May 2020, right after graduating from Berkeley. And I do mean right after. She took her last exam and then boarded a plane for Chicago. A pandemic and work-from-home prevented her from being in the actual office as she’d expected, but it certainly hasn’t dampened her curiosity, her drive, or […]

Meet Software Developer and Go Enthusiast Lynsey Ussher

Lynsey Ussher hasn’t let a pandemic keep her from doing what she loves—mentoring others, learning new computer languages and fostering diversity in her tech community. Originally from Londonderry, Northern Ireland (cue the Netflix Derry Girls references—Lynsey is very used to them), she’s spent nearly a decade in Belfast honing her tech skills while mellowing her […]

Can mentorship attract and keep more women in technology?

Mentorship can be an important tool to professional development. But, like many other aspects of professional life, there is a gender discrepancy. In the U.S., 82% of men have had male mentors, while just 69% of women have had female mentors, according to an Olivet University study. Women in Tech Alliance (WITA), a new employee […]

Meet software engineer and avalanche educator Amy Moore

The mountains beckoned Minnesotan Amy Moore to Montana to pursue her undergrad degree in computer science, and she hasn’t looked back. When she’s not skiing, Amy, a software engineer at National Flood Services since 2011, is an avalanche educator and a volunteer coding instructor for girls. Here’s what Amy had to say about her tech […]

Meet Belfast-Based Software Developer And Poet-Environmentalist

After more than 12 years in fintech, Shafika Naaz knows a thing or two about trading desk software. Shafika, who grew up in India and earned her computer science degree there, moved to Belfast in 2019, and joined PEAK6 Northern Ireland in 2020. Here’s what Shafika shared about fintech, poetry, prose and problem-solving.   Right […]

Meet data scientist and AI expert Brooke Cowan

Brooke Cowan, senior director of data science for Apex Clearing, has studied spoken languages including Spanish, Japanese, French, German, and many more computer languages. Brooke earned her Ph.D. from MIT in computer science, studying machine learning and artificial intelligence. Before joining PEAK6, Brooke spent seven years at Expedia focused on how machine learning can support […]

Meet coder turned trader Roxy Rong

Roxy Rong, trading manager at PEAK6, learned to code at 10 to design games to play with friends. She was obsessed with math as a teen, and studied actuarial science at University of Wisconsin. That is, until she took her first investment class. Immediately, she was hooked. Roxy, who joined PEAK6 as a trading associate […]

Meet tech leader and innovator Palak Jain

Palak Jain, senior director of platform engineering, has been with PEAK6 since graduating from college in 2009. Since joining PEAK6 as an engineer, Palak’s technology roles have spanned building trading applications, to working with recent college grads on career development as an engineering manager, to collaborating with senior leadership on the trading firm’s tech strategy […]