Lou Gattis

Clinical Professor of Finance , Faculty Director for MBA and EMBA Programs
Department: Finance, MBA Program
Office: 304 Business Building
Phone: 814-863-5620
Fax: 814-865-3362
E-mail: gattis@psu.edu
Member of Faculty Since: 2004


Professor Gattis received a B.S. with Distinction in Finance from Penn State and went on to a 15-year career in corporate finance and investment management. After graduating from Penn State's Smeal College of Business, Gattis joined IBM Federal Systems in Manassas, Virginia. At IBM, he performed contract financial management, planning, and product pricing. Gattis went on to work at Freddie Mac in Mclean, Virginia where he served as Director of Market Risk Oversight. In this role, he was responsible for evaluating the interest rate risk of the corporation's investment portfolio. At Freddie Mac he also performed financial forecasting and corporate planning.  Gattis served as an adjunct professor in finance and economics at George Mason University. Prior to joining Smeal, Gattis served as a Teaching Professor of Finance at the University of Maryland where he taught MBA courses in Investment Management, Equity Valuation, Financial Modeling, Derivatives, and Risk Management. Professor Gattis teaches courses in Smeal's undergraduate, Resident MBA, and Executive MBA programs. Gattis has also led international programs in Chile, Denmark, Italy, The Netherlands, Central-Eastern Europe, and Brazil.  Professor Gattis has received numerous awards for undergraduate and graduate teaching.  Professor Gattis is currently serving as the Faculty Director of Smeal's MBA program.


Risk Management, Financial Modeling, Global Finance


Ph.D, Economics, George Mason University, 2001

M.A., Economics, George Mason University, 1997

M.B.A., Finance, George Washington University, 1990

B.S., Finance, Pennsylvania State University, 1988


Fin 570, Financial Modeling

Fin 407, Multinational Financial Management

Fin 415, Advanced Financial Modeling

Fin 555, Global Financial Management

Fin 583, Investment Management

BA 531, MBA Core Finance

FIN 410, Financial Derivatives