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From its inception, the Center has been the model for similar facilities developed on campuses across the country and worldwide. Thank you for using and supporting our services.


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    Kelly Kamm, Ph.D.

    Director. Kelly Kamm is a Professor of Instruction in the Department of Finance in the McCombs School of Business. Dr. Kamm accepted the directorship of the Financial Education and Research Center in January 2017. Dr, Kamm also also serves as associate director of the AIM Investment Center and vice president of the Texas McCombs Investment Advisors. 512-471-4368
  • Derek Fisher

    Assistant Director. Derek assists the director in the administration of the center and oversees the information technology and data resources for the Center. 512-471-1773
  • Kyle Hernandez

    Senior Administrative Associate. Kyle manages the daily operations of the FERC including reservations, procurement, payroll, accounts payable, and other administrative functions. Kyle also hires and manages the student employees of the FERC. If you are interested in employment, please send her an e-mail with your resume. 512-475-7973

Pioneering Financial Education

When it opened in Fall 1996, the Center was the only college campus financial data facility of its kind. Former Dean George W. Gau was the founding director with a vision to create a state-of-the-art trading, research, and teaching facility. The lead sponsor for the Center's initial development was Electronic Data Systems (EDS). EDS donated funds to cover a large portion of construction costs, provided personnel to assist in the design, and secured in-kind support to integrate the varying data sources and technologies. Forty additional corporate partners donated equipment and services.


Further funds were donated by Center Trustees, a group of leading investment banking and financial service firms who funded the Center's annual operations until 2001. Donors gave over $6 million in funding and equipment to create the EDS Financial Trading and Technology Center. It's currently valued at over $10 million.


Significant renovations were made with support from two of the founders of the AIM Management Group, Gary Crum and Bob Graham, and other firm employees. A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the renovated AIM trading and conference rooms on October 10, 2002.


From its inception, the Center has been the model for similar facilities developed on campuses across the country and worldwide.


The Center gratefully acknowledges the contribution and commitment of the following firms to its initial development:

Founding Sponsor

Electronic Data Systems

Corporate Partners

3M, Adaptec, AMX, Ascend, AutoPatch, Bay Networks, Black Box, Chatsworth Products, Inc., Compaq, Data Connection, Extron, Heuris, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, Intel, IPC, MicroTouch, NEC, Northern Telecom, One Touch, Smart Technologies Inc., Sony, Steelcase, Sun Microsystems, Telemetrics, Viracon, V-Tel, Woodtronics, Bloomberg, Bridge, Dow Jones, I/B/E/S, MarketVision, Moody’s Investors Service, MCM, Reuters


CS First Boston, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Dain Rauscher, Salomon Smith Barney