About the Department

The Old Capitol at sunset

Welcome to The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science!

Department Chair: Kung-Sik Chan
Director of Graduate Studies:  Joyee Ghosh
Undergraduate Faculty Advisor for Statistics & Data Science:   Rhonda DeCook
Undergraduate Faculty Advisor for Actuarial Science: Elias Shiu
Graduate Advisor for Statistics:   Joyee Ghosh
Graduate Advisor for Actuarial Science: N.D. Shyamalkumar

2019 Fall Count

Faculty & Staff Students
Assistant Professor 2 Ph.D. Students 21
Associate Professor 5 MS in Statistics 23
Full Professor 9 MS in Actuarial Science 19
Lecturers/Adjunct/Visitor/ Associate Professor of Instruction 5 Undergraduate students in Statistics 188
Affiliated Faculty 3 Undergraduate students in Actuarial Science 60
Teaching Assistants   Undergraduate students Actuarial Science Interest 108
    Undergraduate students Data Science 22
Administrative Staff 3 Total Students 378

 

Faculty/Staff Directory

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science has four interrelated missions by which it serves the University, the state, and the world. These four missions are:

  • to provide both undergraduate and graduate students with strong degree programs and excellent instruction in probability, statistics, and actuarial science;
  • to conduct and publish outstanding research in probability, statistics, and actuarial science;
  • to promote the solid practice of statistics at the University and beyond; and
  • to produce leaders in the insurance, pension, and actuarial consulting industry.
     

Actuarial Science Faculty outside of Schaeffer Hall.

Faculty
Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
University of Iowa
Fall 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Row 1: Robert V. Hogg
Row 2 (left to right): Jian Huang, Aixin Tan, Erning Li, Kate Cowles, Joyee Ghosh, Qihe Tang
Row 3: (left to right): Elias S.W. Shiu, Kung-Sik Chan, Blake Whitten, Osnat Stramer, Joseph B. Lang, Ruitao Liu
Row 4: (left to right): Jerome Pansera, Russell V. Lenth, Luke Tierney, Jonathan D. Cryer (Emeritus)
Row 5: (left to right): James D Broffitt (Emeritus), Dale Zimmerman, Richard Dykstra, Johannes Ledolter, Matthew Bognar

Not Pictured: Joe Cavanaugh, Rhonda DeCook, John Geweke (Emeritus), Michael P. Jones, Paul Muhly, Mary Russo, Ralph P. Russo, N.D. Shyamalkumar, George G. Woodworth (Emeritus), Robert F.Woolson (Emeritus)

 

Department Chairs, since 1965

Bob Hogg, 1965 – 1983

John Birch, 1983 – 1986

Joe Sedransk, 1986 – 1989

Dick Dykstra, 1989 – 1992

Bob Hogg, 1992 – 1993

Jim Broffitt, 1993 – 2004

Luke Tierney, 2004 – 2010

Dale Zimmerman, 2010 – 2011

Luke Tierney, 2011 – 2015

Joe Lang, 2015 – 2019

Kung-Sik Chan, 2019 – 

 

Distinguished history of the Department

 

Year

Event

1847

The University of Iowa is founded.

1902-03

The first actuarial course, entitled "The Mathematical Theory of Insurance," is taught by Dr. Westfall. (Actuarial courses have been taught at Iowa every year since 1913.)

1910

Department of Mathematics offers "Least Squares and Statistics," the first statistics course at Iowa.

1918

Henry Lewis Rietz is appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics.

1947

Robert V. Hogg arrives at Iowa to study actuarial science.

1965

Department of Statistics is established.

1981

Actuarial Science major is established; department is renamed: Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science.

2009

Designated by the Society of Actuaries as one of its 12 inaugural Centers of Actuarial Excellence.

2014

Renewal of designation as a Center of Actuarial Excellence.

2015

Semi-Centennial Symposium, April 24-25.

2018 Data Science major is established.