Ryan Z. Farley joins UT's Torch Fund program as Faculty Advisor of the McClain Torch Fund beginning fall 2019.

Ryan received a PhD in finance from the University of Tennessee in 2019, a master's degree in economics from the University of Tennessee in 2014, and a bachelor's degree in computer science from Loyola University in 2001.

Prior to pursuing graduate study, Ryan spent over a decade in institutional trading. In his last position, Ryan worked as a product developer for Deutsche Bank, managing their business strategy for global execution algorithms, order routing, and dark trading. Before Deutsche Bank, Ryan worked on ITG's International Sales and Trading desk, covering US domiciled institutional clients trading in foreign markets. Ryan's career in finance began in 2002, as a senior systems analyst with Abel Noser. During his time in industry, Ryan held FINRA Series 7, 63, and 55 licenses.

Ryan's academic research leverages his professional experience in investments and market structure. He is currently working on projects studying the impacts of dark trading and market fragmentation on investor welfare. His research has won best paper awards at the 2018 Financial Management Association conference and the 2018 Mid Atlantic Research Conference.

Born in New York, Ryan lives in Knoxville with his wife and two children. He spends his spare time focused on family, music, fishing, and cheering on the Vols.