Analysts 2

Agriculture Division

Agriculture Divison Head
Elizabeth Mulally

Lizzy is a senior studying Economics at Virginia Tech. Last summer, Lizzy worked as an FX & Rates Origination Intern for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. She will return to Bank of America full-time upon graduation.

Analyst, Soybeans Jayson Gill

Jayson is a graduate student from Lancaster, Virginia studying Agribusiness and Crop and Soil Science interested in Commodity Investing. A fun fact about Jayson is he lives on a small farm in Lancaster, VA. Jayson is currently recruiting for future opportunities.

Analyst, Coffee Jean Claude

Jean is a graduate student studying in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics. He is interested in Agribusiness research and applying econometric models to analyze agricultural commodity markets. He is currently recruiting for future opportunities.

Analyst, Corn Kevin Cheng

Kevin is a junior studying BIT, with a Decision Support Systems concentration. Last year, Kevin worked as a spring intern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Department of Economic and Risk Analysis. In the summer of 2022, Kevin will be working as a Financial Markets Intern for PwC.

Analyst, Corn Nikhil Bandaru

Nikhil is a junior studying Economics and Statistics at Virginia Tech. Before Virginia Tech, Nikhil studied at Indiana University Bloomington. He is currently working part-time as an Analyst Intern for Everberg Capital, LLC. He is currently recruiting for future opportunities.

Analyst, Cotton Sanil Jain

Sanil is a sophomore studying Computational Modeling and Data Analytics at Virginia Tech. He is especially interested in working with quantitative finance and data science. Proficient in a variety of data and programming skills, Sanil is currently an intern for Venture Fellow.

Analyst, Sugar Sara Wynkoop

Sara is a junior studying Investment Management and Consulting at Virginia Tech. She is currently the interim Vice President of the Student Government Association at Virginia Tech. Last summer, Sara worked as a Government Solutions US PP&C Finance Intern. Sara is currently recruiting for future opportunities.

Analyst, Coffee
Dana Altarace

Dana is a sophomore studying Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Before college, she worked as a publishing associate for Plot Your Work and a Java Programming Tutor. Last summer, she worked as an Android Engineering Intern for Adobe. Dana is currently recruiting for future opportunities.

Analyst, Livestock Claire Seibel

Claire is a junior studying Applied Economics with an emphasis in International Trade and Development at Virginia Tech. She is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Honors College. Claire is currently working as an Undergraduate Research Assistant, where she uses analytical thinking to assess water quality and accessibility across socioeconomic and geographic regions.

Analyst, Soybeans Max DeLeon

Max is currently a sophomore majoring in Physics and double minoring in Mathematics and Finance at Virginia Tech. Outside of COINS, Max is an Eagle Scout. He is interested in the physical sciences, applied quantitative analysis, cryptocurrencies, financial markets, and programming. He is currently recruiting for future opportunities.

Analyst, Sugar Mikel Gonzalez

Mikel is studying Communication Science and Social Inquiry at Virginia Tech. He is a Hispanic/Latino student who comes from a first generation immigrant family trying to make his mark in my community through sharing and speaking out for those who can’t. He is currently recruiting for future opportunities.

Analyst, Cotton Emma Lapini

Emma is a junior studying Finance at Virginia Tech. Last summer, Emma participated in Goldman Sachs’ Summer Insight Series and was also a Data Analyst and Research Intern for the US-Qatar Business Council. She is currently recruiting for future opportunities in the Washington DC area.

Analyst, Wheat Layton Thomas

Layton is a senior studying Agribusiness focused in Management at Virginia Tech. He is an aspiring commodity merchandiser or trader. Outside of COINS, he is the Recruitment Chair for the AgEcon Club at Virginia Tech. Last summer, Layton worked for Smithfield Foods as a Grain Intern.

Analyst, Wheat Kolby Partin

Kolby is a senior studying Agribusiness at Virginia Tech. Outside of COINS, he is a Combat Medic for the United States Army Reserve and an Emergency Medical Technician for LifeStar Emergency Medical Services. He also acts as the President of the AgEcon Club at Virginia Tech. He is currently recruiting for future opportunities.

Energy Division

Energy Division Head
Gabriel Plichta

Gabe is a sophomore from Roanoke, Virginia studying Finance interested in Investment Banking. Before college, Gabe was an Eagle Scout and a valedictorian at his high school. Outside of COINS, Gabe works with the Orbital Launch Vehicle Team at VT as a University Relations Manager. Gabe is currently recruiting for future opportunities.

Senior Analyst, Gasoline Max Babka

Max is a sophomore from Arlington, Virginia studying Computer Science interested in Investment Banking. A fun fact about Max is his family owns a small Soybean farm in Arkansas. This past summer Max spent time honing in on his technical and financial skills, and is currently recruiting for future opportunities.

Senior Analyst, Crude Oil
Charles Spicer

Charles is a senior from Blacksburg, Virginia studying Fintech interested in Sales and Trading. Charles is currently an analyst trading Brent and WTI Crude Oil, however, he once served as our Energy Division Head. Prior to attending Virginia Tech, Charles has lived in Blacksburg since 2005. He is currently recruiting for future opportunities.

Analyst, Crude Oil
Arul Kumar

Arul is a sophomore studying Finance with a concentration in FinTech and Data Analytics, as well as Investment Management (CFA). He look forward to working in the fields of finance and analytics and hopes to develop experience, networks, and knowledge from internships and other opportunities in related fields.

Analyst, Crude Oil
Ian Rees

Ian is sophomore studying national security and foreign policy at Virginia Tech. Last summer Ian worked as a Summer Research Analyst for Anthem where he Synthesized open source qualitative/quantitative information using high level research and writing skills to provide timely and effective analysis of new unemployment trends spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Outside of COINS Ian does research at the Hume Center for National Security and Technology.

Analyst, Gasoline
Siddharth Mehta

Siddharth is a feshman studying financial mathematics at Virginia Tech. He has sold and brokered various health, life, and annuities products for Symmetry Financial Group to those looking for final expense coverage, mortgage protection, estate planning, and more.

Analyst, Natural Gas
Malcolm Moss

Malcom is a freshman studying computer engineering at Virginia Tech. He is an eager learner who loves to build businesses and software. He built his first business at 16 and over the course of 3 years, grew it to over half a million dollars in sales. He has worked on open source software projects that collate and distribute API data for developers to build projects and he loves making connections with others and learning from them.

Analyst, Natural Gas
Barrett King

Barrett is a freshman studying finance at Virginia Tech. As a self-starting, diligent, and personable student, he looks to bring unique value to clients in an evolving marketplace. He has been a devoted trader for the past 6 years, freely investing his own capital into the market. Barrett aspires to be in sell-side or buy-side roles in the future.

Analyst, Natural Gas
William Hillhouse

Will is a sophomore from Westport, Connecticut studying computer science. He is interested in learning more about how computer science can be applied to financial data analysis and gaining experience in data analytics and modeling. Outside of COINS Will is involved in Delta Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Alpha chapter.

Metals Division

Metals Division Head 
Paul Papillo

Paul is a sophomore from Frederick, Maryland studying Finance interested in Sales and Trading. Currently, he serves as Metals Division Head, but before that, he was Lead Analyst on Silver. This past summer, Paul participated in numerous externships and built his network extensively. Paul is actively recruiting with numerous firms for a role next summer.

Senior Analyst, Silver 
Peter Brunone

Peter is a junior from Trumbull, Connecticut studying Industrial and Systems Engineering interested in Consulting and Sales. A fun fact about Peter is he is a Giants and Yankees fan. This past summer, Peter interned with Portescap as a Manufacturing Engineering Intern and plans to return to them next summer.

Analyst, Copper
Andrew Curran

Andrew is a Junior from Cherry Hill, New Jersey studying Finance interested in Financial Planning and Management. He has spent time studying abroad in Prague, and spent much of this past summer networking with alumni. Next summer, Andrew will intern with Vanguard as a College to Corporate Advice Intern.

Analyst, Gold 
Diego Negron-Jimenez

Diego is a freshman studying Economics and Finance. Outside of COINS, Diego plays tennis and reads Russian literature. Diego has also worked on numerous case studies, from Goldman Sachs’ launch of Marcus, to Keynesian fiscal policy measures and its impact during the Great Depression. 

Analyst, Gold 
Michael Dorociak

Michael is a sophomore from Illinois studying Finance, Economics, and International Business. Michael has a FINRA Securities Industry Essentials Certification, and is looking forward to buidling his network. 

Analyst, Silver 
Aidan McFarlane

Aidan is a junior from Ashburn, Virginia studying both Finance and Business Information Technology. Last summer, Aidan interned with Kuhn Aviation as a Market Research Intern. Outside of COINS, Aiden is involved with Virginia Tech’s G.E.R.M.A.N. Club and Club Rugby. 

Analyst, Copper
Kyle Clarke

Kyle is a junior stuyding Fianance with an interest in investment management and financial markets. Last summer, Kyle interned for Stadlin Capital in an Analyst role, and this summer Kyle will be interning with Fidus Capital. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid golfer and plays on Virginia Tech’s club team. 

Analyst, Copper 
Victoria Agrinya

Victoria is a sophomore from Northern Virginia studying Finance, with an interest in investment management and financial markets. This summer, Victoria will be interning at Maverick Capital in an Analyst role. 

Analst, Silver Joey Mecherikunnel

Joey is sophomore from Northern Virginia studying Computer Science. Not only is Joey a silver analyst for COINS, but he is also an analyst for the Consulting Group at Virginia Tech. Joey is currently recruiting for future opportunities.