The Michael L. Lerch '93 Fund for Innovation and International Collaboration

The Keller Center is pleased to announce the Michael L. Lerch '93 Fund for Innovation and International Collaboration. The fund was established in 2011 to support innovative research, student projects, and internships, especially those that involve collaborators in Japan.


Students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science as well as AB students are eligible to apply. Those who wish to apply for funding require the support and supervision of a faculty adviser. Funds are not intended to support junior independent project or senior thesis research; funds to support such activities are made available through the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.  


Michael Lerch is the founder and CIO of Evolution Capital Management, an investment advisor based in Los Angeles with additional offices in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Before starting Evolution in 2002, Michael worked at different investment banks in Japan where he specialized in equity and equity derivative trading. During that time, he was in charge of trading desks at Lehman Brothers, Credit Agricole and Merrill Lynch. Michael graduated from Princeton University in 1993 where he was also a stand out in the Varsity Football program. He was a two time First Team All Ivy League selection and recipient of the William Winston Roper Trophy his senior year.