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Kathy Ensor

Founding Director at Rice University - Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems
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Kathy Ensor

Founding Director at Rice University - Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems


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Dean George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University

President at Rice University

Vice Provost for Research at Rice University

Howard R. Hughes Provost at Rice University

Vice Provost & University Librarian at Rice University

Associate Provost at Rice University

Dean Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies at Rice University

Dean of Undergraduates at Rice University

Executive Vice President, General Counsel at Dynegy

Investment Director, Natural Resources at Rice University
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Educational Background

MS in Mathematics 
Ph.D. in Statistics 
Texas A&M University (A&M or TAMU) is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas, United States. It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System, the fourth-largest university in the United States and the largest university in Texas.Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution reflects a broad range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The school ranks in the top 20 American research institutes in terms of funding and has made notable contributions to such fields as animal cloning and petroleum engineering.

Career History

Consultant, Quantitative Research
2011 - Current
Ascendant Advisors employs quantitative research techniques to analyze fundamental and technical factors to identify securities they expect to outperform and then methodically rotate portfolio holdings as conditions change. An absence of long-term biases leads to the construction of portfolios based strictly on the conviction of their objective research. Ascendant Advisors seeks to deliver risk-adjusted returns for their clients over multiple market cycles.The Ascendant Balanced Fund is a mutual fund that provides investors a tactically managed, diversified portfolio which combines the firm's Multi-Cap Equity Strategy with their Fixed-Income Composite Portfolio. This strategy may be suitable for investors who are focused on long-term total return and are looking for dynamic asset allocation. At times, Ascendant Advisors shifts the asset mix of their Balanced Portfolios in response to changing market conditions.The Ascendant Natural Resources Fund is a mutual fund that seeks to generate risk-adjusted returns versus the S&P North American Natural Resources index over multiple market cycles. The portfolio typically holds 30 to 40 securities, with emphasis on companies in the natural resources industries including oil & gas, precious metals, agriculture, timber and other 'hard asset' commodities. They buy the stocks with the most attractive valuations and expected performance based on their proprietary, quantitative research process.The Ascendant Multi-Cap Fund is a mutual fund that seeks to generate risk-adjusted returns versus the S&P 1500 over multiple market cycles. It is a broadly diversified portfolio typically consisting of 80 to 120 positions comprised of holdings from the firms four single equity strategies: Large-Cap, Small/Mid Cap, Equity Income and Natural Resources.
Founding Director
Professor & Chair of Statistics

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Non-Profit Boards ▾
Chair, Graduate Council
Rice University is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow’s thinking and is set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

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