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Thursday, April 15, 2021

The story behind the data

Chris Salahub

As a master’s student, Chris Salahub completed a project focused on reducing the risk for cyclists on the busy streets of Zurich. His passion for leveraging data to solve real-world problems is what drew him back to the Faculty of Mathematics, where he previously earned a bachelor’s degree, to pursue a PhD in statistics.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Professor Ruodu Wang to deliver a keynote speech at the virtual 24th International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics in July 2021.

Ruodu Wang

The International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics is the largest annual academic gathering in Actuarial Science. It has been hosted in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia since 1997. The IME congress is, for the first time, hosted online this year on July 5-9, 2021 due to COVID-19. 

This virtual IME international congress is jointly hosted by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Pennsylvania State University in the United States, Ulm University in Germany, and the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) in Australia. 

Professor Ruodu Wang will deliver one of the five keynote speeches in this virtual congress. To learn more, please see the program for this event.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The power of curiosity

Jennifer Haid

“I like to think I’m a curious person,” said Jennifer Haid (BMath’04), a native of the Waterloo Region. When she learned about Waterloo’s Math Day from her high school math teacher, she decided to attend in hopes of learning about a career path that would leverage her aptitude for mathematics in the business world. “I remember watching a professor deliver a presentation about actuarial science and thinking two things: It was challenging, and I could do it,” she shared. 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Ilia Sucholutsky, PhD student, awarded Waterloo.AI scholarship

Contratulations Ilia Sucholutsky winner of the Waterloo Artificial Intelligent (AI) Institute Graduate Scholarship 2021.   

This scholarship was awarded to at least one PhD and one Masters student from each of the University's six faculties; Applied Health Science, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics, and Science.  This year, Ilia Sucholutsky was the PhD recipient representing the Faculty of Mathematics. 

For more information about the scholarships, please visit Waterloo.AI site.  

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Right Direction

Katia Naccarato

Katia Naccarato has never shied away from exploring an unfamiliar path, hitting a dead end, and trying a different one. Before she enrolled in the Master of Actuarial Science (MActSc) program at the Faculty of Mathematics, she was laser-focused on pursuing a career in medicine. Her current trajectory looks nothing like she expected, but she’s confident she’s heading in the right direction.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Laying a foundation

Samantha Wallis

Samantha Wallis’s enthusiasm for statistics is matched only by her longtime passion for visual arts. As she considers her path forward after graduating with a degree in mathematics, Wallis thinks about how to meld her two interests into a single career. While she hasn’t landed on a definitive answer, she has a strong hunch where she will go next.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

SAS students take first place in ANSA case competition

Case competition winners

Contratulations to our fourth year actuarial science students who won first place in the 2021 ASNA Case competition!

Team Members:

  • Nianchen (Steven) Liu
  • Yifan (Eva) Li
  • Cheng (Robin) Wang
  • Chen Han (Owen) Lin

Background information: 

The formal name of the Convention is Actuarial Students’ National Association (ASNA). Every year hundreds of students across different Canadian Universities gather with the senior managers and directors of multiple well-known companies to learn about the future and the changes of the actuarial industry. Furthermore, it is a great opportunity for students to network with the employers to earn insights and potential offers. Hosted by the exact convention, the case competition (ASNA Case Competition) is an annual competition with its final round occurring during the days of the convention, with multiple professional actuaries being the judges. During the competition, we are asked to build essentially a brand new insurance product with some historic information of our clients and analyze how we should model and set its price.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Luke Hagar named GRADflix finalist!

GRADflix is an annual competition hosted by the University of Waterloo’s Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) in which graduate students create one-minute videos to describe their research. These one-minute videos act as an “elevator pitch” for graduate students to explain a complex idea to a non-specialist audience.

Our very own Luke Hagar (MMath in Statistics) has been selected as a finalist in this competition. His video titled “Beyond p-values: Sample size determination using Bayesian statistics” will be shared live along with the videos of the other finalists during this year’s showcase. This is the first time that the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science has been represented in the GRADflix competition.

The GRADflix 2021 Showcase is taking place virtually on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 3 to 5 PM (EST). After the finalists’ videos are shown live, the winners will be announced, and attendees can vote on the People’s Choice prize winner. The event will be streamed live on the GSPA YouTube channel and attendees can register online.

Please attend to show your support of Luke!

Monday, January 18, 2021

Professor Mary Hardy, recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Actuaries

Mary Hardy

In 2020, Mary Hardy was recognized for her dedication and contributions to the Society of Actuaries (SOA) by being awarded their Distinguished Service Award.  Her award included the following annotations: 

“In recognition of her endless dedication to the advancement of the actuarial profession.”

“As a selfless individual, willing to work without recognition, she is a role model for all who have worked with her”

Society of actuaries

To learn more about about the award and past recipients, please visit the SOA website.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Coding the future of finance

Chao Qian

Chao Qian is preparing for the trading environment of the future. More than 60 percent of stock volume is attributed to algorithmic trading, but older generations of traders have never learned to code. “In the future, I expect that everyone will need to be able to code and be comfortable with AI and machine learning,” he affirmed. “Thanks to the Masters of Quantitative Finance (MQF) program, I will be ready.”

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