Wall Street intersects with Technology Square, where the Scheller College of Business' high-tech, $1 million Ferris-Goldsmith Trading Floor prepares students for careers in investment banking and financial services.
Featuring multiple dual-display computers as well as displays of electronic stock information, the 2,000-square-foot Trading Floor is equipped to train students to use the financial analysis and electronic trading tools used by professional brokerage firms. This type of Trading Floor is a rarity at all but the best business schools.
In addition to use in finance courses for undergraduate and MBA programs, the Trading Floor is integral to Tech's Master of Science in Quantitative and Computational Finance. It is also the setting for Georgia Tech's popular Wall Street on West Peachtree Program, a summer enrichment program enabling local high school students to learn the fundamentals of finance, investments, and financial management.
Opened in 2006, the Trading Floor was made possible by the generosity of donors Joyce Ferris, widow of Dakin B. Ferris Jr., who earned his bachelor's degree in management from Tech in 1950 and was vice chairman of Merrill Lynch; and Barbara and Jere W. Goldsmith IV, a 1956 graduate of Tech's business school who is the retired first vice president of investments at Merrill Lynch and former chairman of the Georgia Tech Foundation's Development Committee.