Mao Ye is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on market microstructure, machine learning, and big data. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. Ye is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Faculty Fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He delivered the keynote speech on “Big Data in Finance” at the 41st Annual NBER Summer Institute. In October 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Ye a grant to jumpstart a big data initiative at the NBER, under which he will organize six NBER conferences, inviting leading academics, policymakers and practitioners to discuss the future of big data research in finance.
Mao Ye earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2011. While he was a student at Cornell, he was elected as a trustee member of Cornell’s Board of Trustees, marking the first time an Ivy League institution had elected a trustee from Mainland China. In 2018, the New York Historical Museum and Library selected Ye as a contributor to “Journeys: An American Story,”a book of essays about immigrationand American greatness. In 2016, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign named him the Educator of the Year. In 2019, Ye was selected as the university commencement speaker at Renmin University of China.