Santosh Prasad

MBA Admissions Counselor
Academic Background

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, BS
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, MBA

Work Experience

Santosh earned his BS in Computer Science and his MBA with a concentration in Analytic Finance, Economics, and Econometrics/Statistics. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Prior to Stratus, Santosh worked for four years as a derivatives trader for a Chicago-based proprietary trading firm, where he used quantitative and fundamental analysis to actively trade global futures and options markets. He also spent two years prior as a software developer – one year at a financial technology firm and one year at a healthcare IT company.

Santosh is currently working on entrepreneurial endeavors within the quantitative finance space.

Area of Expertise

Software development, derivatives trading, investment management (particularly in the fixed income and derivatives space).

A little more in-depth

What I like most about being a Stratus MBA Admissions Counselor:

I am passionate about giving clients the confidence and motivation to apply to the world’s top business schools and witnessing their happiness and excitement when they receive a successful outcome.

One piece of advice I would share with someone who is applying to business school:

I would strongly recommend that clients get the application process started as early as possible and avoid procrastinating when it comes to the important action items. Planning ahead as far as possible will decrease stress and anxiety as deadlines approach and increase the chances of putting together high-quality applications.

Highlight or greatest accomplishment while working with Stratus:

I worked with a client from India, who was rejected from 15 programs in the previous cycle when completing his applications without our assistance. He was understandably very anxious when beginning the process with me. Through a lot of hard work together over six months, he was admitted to a top ten MBA Program!

3 Random Facts:

– One dream of mine is to have my own prime time cable news television show.
– On a bicycle tour during a recent vacation to Thailand, I nearly fell into a lake filled with crocodiles when crossing a bridge. Luckily I was able to maneuver to safety at the last minute.
– I enjoy poker and have played competitively and recreationally since high school.