Pengfei Ye has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Finance at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.

He is one of eight new full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members at Pamplin this fall. Their addition reflects the college’s commitment to hiring faculty to further strengthen its teaching, research, and business outreach, particularly in the areas of business analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and sustainable global prosperity.

Ye, who joined Virginia Tech in 2015 as a visiting assistant professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. He earned a master’s degree from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and a bachelor’s degree from Beijing Institute of Business.

Ye’s research focuses on the roles of institutional investors, including mutual funds, pension funds and hedge funds in capital markets, and corporate decision-making.

He also conducts empirical research on the efficiency of the managerial talent market, including chief executive officers, and the economic implications on various corporate finance topics, including managerial incentives, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. He has presented papers at many academic conferences and published his research in a number of premier journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Ye has taught various undergraduate and graduate finance courses, including Corporate Finance, Investments, Fixed Income Securities, Equity Securities, and a doctoral seminar on institutional investors. He currently teaches Fixed Income Securities.

Before joining Virginia Tech, he taught for eight years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management, where he received the Student Award in 2014 for teaching excellence.

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