Welcome to the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is a top tier academic unit among statistical and actuarial science globally. Our students and faculty explore topics such as Actuarial Science, Biostatistics, Data Science, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, & Statistics-Computing. Our department is home to:

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full-time faculty researching diverse and exciting areas

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undergraduate students from around the world

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 graduate students in Master, Doctoral, and professional programs

Interested in graduate studies with Statistics and Actuarial Science? Meet Mingyu (Bruce) Feng, a PhD student in actuarial science. Bruce is a pioneer researcher in the field of sustainable investment and the impact of climate change. Learn more about furthering your education on the Future Graduate page on the Math site.

  1. Jan. 19, 2023In Memoriam: Ken Seng Tan
    Dr. Ken Seng Tan

    We are very greatly saddened to announce that our beloved friend and colleague, Professor Ken Seng Tan, passed away on January 1, 2023. 

    Ken Seng Tan completed his BMath, MMath, and PhD in Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo. His 1998 doctoral thesis won an award for Oustanding Achievement in Graduate Studies. It also marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship and collaboration with his supervisor, Phelim Boyle. 

    Ken Seng joined the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science as faculty in 1998. He held a Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Risk Management from 2005 to 2010, and a University Research Chair from 2010 to 2015. From 2006 to 2015 he was Associate Director of the Institute for Quantitative Finance and Insurance and its successor, WatRISQ. Ken Seng also held a longterm visiting position at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, where he was active in supporting Chinese actuarial education and research. 

  2. Jan. 5, 2023Methane researchers team up to fight climate change

    A research team led by Dr. Kyle Daun, an engineering professor at the University of Waterloo, is working with a sophisticated infrared camera to more accurately measure how well flares convert methane into CO2 as part of the oil and gas industry.

  3. Nov. 30, 2022Aukosh Jagannath wins Outstanding Paper award at NeurIPS 2022

    Dr. Aukosh Jagannath, assistant professor of Statistics and Actuarial Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, has won a prestigious Outstanding Paper award at NeurIPS 2022.

    NeurIPS, short for Neural Information Processing Systems, is the foremost international conference for research on AI and Machine Learning. The conference receives thousands of submissions a year, and of the approximately 20% that are accepted, only a handful are recognized with the Outstanding Paper awards.

    Learn more on the Faculty of Math website.

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Meet our people

Fan Yang

Fan Yang

Assistant Professor

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Fan Yang

Research interests

Fan Yang’s research interests lie in the areas of quantitative risk management, actuarial science and mathematical finance.