Melanie Petsch is the Lead Data Scientist, Regulation at the NYSE. 

Prior to joining the NYSE, Melanie founded and ran Petsch Analytics, LLC, a research consultancy, for nine years.  Other prestigious firms Melanie has worked for include Goldman, Sachs & Co., AllianceBernstein, TIAA-CREF, Columbia’s School of International and Political Affairs, and Columbia Business School.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Quantitative financial research, analytics, and data visualization
  • Active equity portfolio management, alpha generation, portfolio construction, performance attribution, optimization


Melanie is widely published on financial topics, including "Beating Benchmarks," which won an award for "Outstanding Article" in the Journal of Portfolio Management and "Creating Shareholder Value," the lead article in the inaugural issue of The Journal of Risk Finance. Melanie has also written a book, Commodities as an Asset Class, and chapters of other books on commodities.

Melanie studied in the finance Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

Melanie is a member of the Research Committee of the Q Group, on the board of the Society of Quantitative Analysts, and a member of the Chicago Quantitative Alliance. Melanie was a member of the investment committee for the not-for-profit Organization of American Kodaly Educators from 2009-2011 and a Trustee for Woodbury College from 2006-2008.