Simon Conference for Young Researchers in Risk Management and Insurance November 22-23, 2019 at the Kellogg Center

  • Aug 28, 2019
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Young minds are a wonderful source of fresh, disruptive ideas in the definition, pricing and mitigation of risk. Unencumbered by traditional approaches to risk management and insurance, this next generation is primed to think about risk in emerging areas such as cyber-insurance, autonomous cars, and climate change and offer new insights on traditional actuarial topics.

This conference seeks to put a spotlight on the next generation of actuarial scientists, risk managers, and quants. It encourages postdoctoral fellows, graduate, and undergraduate students (with or without PhD/Fellow/Associate co-authors) to communicate their ideas to a supportive and diverse audience. Mid-Michigan provides the ideal setting for this groundbreaking meeting, and we look forward to welcoming the world to Michigan State University to celebrate the next generation of risk scientists.

Ron Simon received his B.S. in mathematics from MSU in 1967. He worked for Auto-Owners Insurance for 44 years and was CEO of the company until his retirement. Simon and his wife, Mary, recognized the value of education gained at MSU, which led to their decision to invest in the Actuarial Science program with a philanthropic gift to endow the lecture. Their gift will allow for funds to support the program in perpetuity through the endowment.

“MSU’s Actuarial Science Program is doing very well,” Simon said. “The guest speakers at these lectures are really here to inspire the students to see opportunities other than the pure mathematics of the Program because there are so many places where actuarial science can be used.”

MSU’s Actuarial Science Program was established as an undergraduate major in 2012. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the program is housed in and supported by both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Statistics and Probability in the College of Natural Science.

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