About the Department

Welcome to The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science!

Department Chair:  Joseph Lang
Director of Graduate Studies:  Dale Zimmerman
Undergraduate Advisor for Statistics:   R. P. Russo
Undergraduate Advisor for Actuarial Science: Elias Shiu
Graduate Advisor for Statistics:   Dale Zimmerman
Graduate Advisor for Actuarial Science: N.D. Shyamalkumar

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)

Distinguished historypromising future

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.

2015

Renewal of designation as a Center of Actuarial Excellence.

2015

Semi-Centennial Symposium, April 24-25.

 

 

2015 Spring Count

Faculty & Staff Students
Assistant Professor 3 Ph.D. Students 14
Associate Professor 2 MS in Statistics 29
Full Professor 9 MS in Actuarial Science 46
Lecturers/Adjunct 8 Undergraduate students in Statistics 114
Affiliated Faculty 4 Undergraduate students in Actuarial Science 55
Teaching Assistants 46 Undergraduate students Actuarial Science Interest 132
Administrative Staff 4 Total  390