#WhitmanWatch: Bharat Patil ’19

Name: Bharat Patil
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Nagpur, India
Majors: Ph.D. in Finance

Bharat Patil earned a master’s degree in applied economics at the University of Houston and a master’s in computer engineering from the College of Engineering Pune, India. After working for multiple firms as a software developer, Patil decided to pivot his career path toward research and academia.

“When looking for academic institutions for pursuing a Ph.D., I chose the Whitman School of Management because of its excellent computing infrastructure for conducting extensive research,” shared Patil. “I was also impressed by Professor Amber Anand’s inspiring work in studying high-frequency market microstructure.”

Given Patil’s dedicated focus on research, he has utilized the wisdom from Whitman’s large pool of accomplished faculty who are happy to share insights and provide mentorship to students. He credits Whitman for preparing him to meet the demands of academia he will later face as a professor.

“I am grateful for the individual guidance and motivation I receive from Whitman professors, especially my advisor, Dr. Anand,” he added. “Many members of the Whitman faculty encourage Ph.D. students to observe them and even work alongside them. They give us opportunities to find research that interests us. Professors Anand, David Weinbaum, Michel Benaroch, Raja Velu, Ravi Shukla and Lai Xu have been especially supportive of me.”

In addition to the guidance of faculty, Patil values the regular finance research seminars and interactions with speakers which help him learn in his field. He also appreciates Whitman’s emphasis on the importance of finding a life and work balance.

Upon graduating from Whitman, Patil hopes to secure an assistant professor position at a top research university. He believes his time at Whitman is preparing him to achieve that goal, as well as his long-term aspiration of becoming a renowned researcher in empirical financial economics.