About the Department


Welcome to The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science!

Department Chair: Kung-Sik Chan
Director of Graduate Studies:  Aixin Tan
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Statistics & Data Science:   Sanvesh Srivastava
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Actuarial Science: Elias Shiu
Graduate Advisor for Statistics:   Aixin Tan
Graduate Advisor for Actuarial Science: N.D. Shyamalkumar

2021 Spring Count

Faculty & Staff Students
Tenure-Track Faculty 16 Ph.D. Students 18
Instructional-Track Faculty 5

MS Statistics Students

MS Actuarial Science Students



Affiliated Faculty 3 Undergraduate students in Statistics 138
Adjuncts and Visitors 1 Undergraduate students in Actuarial Science  45
Graduate Assistants (TA, RA, Graders) 39 Undergraduate students Actuarial Science Interest 78
Administrative Staff 3 Undergraduate students Data Science 30
Professional Advisors 2 Total Students Majoring 340


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.

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





The University of Iowa is founded.


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.)


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


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


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


Department of Statistics is established.


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


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


Renewal of designation as a Center of Actuarial Excellence. (Through December 2019)


Semi-Centennial Symposium, April 24-25.

2018 Data Science major is established.
2020 Renewal of designation as a Center of Actuarial Excellence. (Through December 2024)

75% of classes taught by Online and Hybrid teaching due to Covid-19

2022 MS in Data Science approved by the University of Iowa Board of Regents, classes will start in the fall of 2022.