CAS Leaders Address Actuarial Science Programs at Drake, UConn

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CAS leaders traveled to Iowa and Connecticut last month to meet with actuarial students and faculty as part of the CAS’s on-going university engagement efforts.

CAS President Steve Lowe visited Drake University, meeting with faculty and students to discuss the CAS’s strategic initiatives and highlight the resources CAS provides to support students interested in pursuing a career in the property and casualty insurance industry.

Susan Watson, Interim Assistant Director of the School of Actuarial Science and Risk Management said, “Drake students enjoyed hearing about the opportunities available as a casualty actuary both inside and outside the insurance industry.  Steve used an example of vehicle data assisting in a claims investigation that was very interesting to the students.  They also appreciated hearing about various roles and projects that Steve had worked on in his career, as well as ways that Steve felt his job had made a meaningful difference.”  

CAS Immediate Past President Bob Miccolis visited the campus of the University of Connecticut, speaking to actuarial science students and professors about the CAS and the many resources offered to students through CAS Student Central, the organization’s free membership program for students. Miccolis also shared insights about his career and the property and casualty industry.

“This is an exciting time in the insurance industry, with evolving technologies creating new professional opportunities. Young professionals also have more resources at their fingertips than ever before,” Miccolis commented.

The CAS Student Central program launched over two years ago with the goal of guiding students through the maze of curricula and rigorous exams that ultimately lead to a challenging and rewarding career as a property and casualty actuary. The program currently has over 4,000 members and recently launched a pilot initiative, the CAS Student Central Ambassador program, at 12 universities to identify and cultivate leaders at the student level.

“The visit from Bob was a huge success. Not only did we get to learn about the CAS, we also heard insights from his career that were valuable to all in attendance,” said Rob Tavernier, actuarial student, and CAS Student Central Ambassador at the University of Connecticut.

Both Drake University and the University of Connecticut are participants in the CAS University Liaison program, which matches CAS members with academics and students to provide direct support from a practicing actuary. The program helps facilitate the partnership between the academic community and the actuarial profession.