Prasad Hegde is a PhD student in the Department of Consumer Science at Purdue University. His research interests are in mutual funds performance, equity valuation of growth companies, and the impact of stock performance on individual investors. Prasad has a background in academic research and in industry as an equity analyst at a buy-side firm in India. He holds a Post Graduation Diploma in Finance from Indian Institute of Capital Markets and a Bachelor's degree in commerce from Bangalore University. He is also a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) awarded by Global Association of Risk Professionals, USA, and a CFA candidate from CFA Institute, USA.Aside from research, Prasad likes to do nature photography and biking.