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About the Modeling the Future Challenge

The Foundation

The Actuarial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to changing lives through math education. Established in 1994, the mission of the Foundation is to enhance math education and financial literacy through the talents and resources of actuaries. The Foundation’s vision is an educated public in pursuit of a secure financial future.

The Modeling the Future Challenge is the cornerstone educational program of the Foundation. Built upon two years of pilot programs, the MTF Challenge is becoming one of the premier academic competitions for high school students. In 2016, the Foundation engaged the Institute of Competition Sciences – a leading academic challenge design firm – to help make this vision a reality and ensure that the MTF Challenge has a lasting impact on students across the nation.

The Actuarial Foundation cannot achieve its vision without the support of its generous sponsors and donors. Please join us in advancing the Modeling the Future Challenge and put your company at the forefront of mathematics education. Email us at challenge@mtfchallenge.org to learn more about how to volunteer, sponsor, or donate to support The Actuarial Foundation and its programs.

Visit www.actuarialfoundation.org to learn more!

The Management Team

In 2016 The Actuarial Foundation began working with the Institute of Competition Sciences (ICS) to design and manage the Modeling the Future Challenge. ICS is a world leader in challenge-based-learning. The firm has led National Science Foundation awarded projects, worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to roadmap the future of science & technology fields, and developed and operated high-profile prizes with over $8,000,000 in awards with NASA, the Lemelson Foundation, the Methuselah Foundation, the SETI Institute, and many others. The Institute of Competition Sciences has been defining best-practices in Challenge-Based-Learning since 2012 and maintains a world-leading expertise in using competitions to revolutionize how we approach learning. ICS is using academic competitions to turn education into an exciting challenge for all students, and is bringing its expertise to the Modeling the Future Challenge. Find out more about the Institute of Competition Sciences and how to get involved with Challenge-Based-Learning at their site.

Advisory Committees

The Modeling the Future Challenge is supported by three volunteer actuary committees: The Challenge Development Committee, the Mentorship Committee, and the Judging Committee. The Challenge Development Committee is responsible for reviewing and refining the Challenge Statement and scoring rubrics for each annual competition. The Mentorship Committee reviews the mentor process for semi-finalist teams and serves as student mentors. The Judging Committee reviews the judging process and conducts online and in-person evaluations of team submissions.

If you are an actuary, or in a related profession, and would like to learn more about becoming a member of one of these committees, please contact: challenge@mtfchallenge.org

Challenge Development Committee

Mentorship Committee

  • Jason Abril, FCAS, MAAA, CERA, Willis Towers Watson
  • Marc Altschull, CFA, FSA, Voya Investment Management
  • Rebecca Armon, FCAS, Tokio Marine HCC
  • Peter Bernstein, Horizon Actuarial
  • Jonathan Brand, Verisk Inc.
  • Chin-Mei “Yvonne” Chueh, Central Washington University
  • Herschel Day, FSA, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
  • Mario Dicaro, FCAS
  • Dennis Dionne, ACAS, Farmers Insurance
  • Dennis Dunham, FCAS, MAAA, CPCU, Carolina Casualty
  • Heather Dye, Mckendree University
  • Dennis Egan, North Central College
  • Guangwei Fan, Maryville University
  • Helen Galt, FSA
  • Jordan Gerry
  • Scot Glasford, FSA
  • Roy Goldman, FSA, retired
  • Amy Green, FCAS, MAAA, Willis Towers Watson
  • Denis Guenthner, Travelers Insurance
  • Elizabeth Hansen, FCAS, MAAA, Universal Property
  • Jim Heidt, FCAS, MAAA, Nationwide
  • Melissa Hollis, FSA, Principal Financial
  • Jeff Johnson, FSA, John Hancock
  • Raj Johri, FSA
  • Janis Kane, FSA, Rocaton Investment Advisors
  • Nalene Langley, FSA, Avalon Healthcare Solutions
  • Tony Manzitto, FCAS
  • Marco Martinez, North Central College
  • Jacob Orlofsky, FCAS, MAAA, CNA Insurance
  • Marina Pedisich, Candidate, New York Life Insurance Co
  • Anne Petrides, FCAS, MAAA, MIEC
  • Steve Putterman
  • Edward Robbins , Indiana University
  • Robert Rodriguez
  • Bob Russell, ASA
  • Susan Schoenberger, FCAS, MAAA, Park Insurance
  • Wafaa Shaban, ASA, UNC Charlotte
  • Brian Simon, ASA, VCG Consultants
  • Elissa Sirovatka, FCAS, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources
  • Daniel Solomon
  • Joel Steinberg, FSA, New York Life Insurance Co.
  • Chien Tai, FCAS, Blue Owl LLC.
  • Andrew Thesing, FCAS, Travelers Insurance Co.
  • Katie Tubbs, ACAS, Travelers Insurance Co.
  • Jasveet Uppal, FCAS
  • Krupa Viswanathan, Temple University
  • Amy Wagler, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Thomas Wakefield, Youngstown State University
  • Lisa Walsh, FCAS, Swiss Re America Holding Co.
  • Nate Worrell, FSA, Moody’s
  • Zhixin Wu, ASA, DePauw University
  • Sheng Xiong, University of Pittsburgh
  • Olivia Zhang, FCAS
  • Mike Ziniti, FCAS

Sponsors

The Actuarial Foundation works with corporate sponsors and individual donors to provide critical resources to the Modeling the Future Challenge. Watch our video below to learn more about the Challenge and click here to view our 2019-20 MTFC Sponsor Packet with details on our sponsorship opportunities. To contribute as a sponsor or individual donor to the MTF Challenge, please contact: wendy.moylan@actfnd.org.  

National Sponsor
Executive Sponsor
Event Sponsor

University Partners

The Modeling the Future Challenge collaborates with universities across the United States to help high school students take the next steps in their mathematical careers. University Partners help high school educators learn about actuarial science and the Modeling the Future Challenge. Check out the university level actuarial programs at the links below.

Central Washington University hosts high school students and teachers on campus for informational events and career days to help connect the opportunities in the actuarial profession with high schools in the region. Educators may request to setup a time to meet with faculty to learn more about the Modeling the Future Challenge and actuarial science at large. If interested contact Dr. Yvonne Cheuh at: Chin-mei.Chueh@cwu.edu

DePauw University Mathematics Department hosts high school students and teachers on campus to provide informational sessions about the Modeling the Future Challenge and actuarial profession. Educators may request to setup a time to visit the university to go over the MTF Challenge and profession and gain support to help connect actuarial science with their students. Members of the Mathematics department also volunteer as Mentors for the MTF Challenge. If interested contact Dr. Zhixin Wu to setup a meeting: zhixinwu@depauw.edu.

 

Drake University School of Actuarial Science and Risk Management supports the Modeling the Future Challenge by hosting students and teachers on campus for informational sessions about the Challenge. The school also provides valuable resources and information about the actuarial profession and mentorship for teams in the MTF Challenge. If you are interested in visiting the school for an informational session about the MTF Challenge or other actuarial topics, contact Dr. Susan Watson at: susan.watson@drake.edu 

 

Duke University’s Summer Session host a Global Mathematician Academy as part of their high school student offerings during the summer. Each year students from across the globe are guided through three-week educational experiences that help them gain important skills for their future. The Global Mathematician Academy engages students in a fun project-based program to learn skills associated with modeling the future. They learn how to use mathematics to analyze data, project trends, explore risks, and make recommendations to respond to those changing conditions. Through a new partnership between Duke University and the Modeling the Future Challenge, students who successfully complete their final projects in the Global Mathematician Academy will be automatically qualified for the 2020-21 MTF Challenge project phase. Learn more about Duke’s Summer Academy and see how to apply here.

 

Maryville University hosts high school students and teachers on campus for informational events and career days to help connect the opportunities in the actuarial profession with high schools in the region. Educators may request to setup a time to meet with faculty to learn more about the Modeling the Future Challenge and actuarial science at large. If interested contact Dr. Guangwei Fan at: gfan@maryville.edu

University of North Carolina at Charlotte hosts high school students and teachers on campus for informational events and career days to help connect the opportunities in the actuarial profession with high schools in the region. Educators may request to setup a time to meet with faculty to learn more about the Modeling the Future Challenge and actuarial science at large. If interested contact Dr. Wafaa Shaban at: washaban@uncc.edu

University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire hosts high school students and teachers on campus for informational events and career days to help connect the opportunities in the actuarial profession with high schools in the region. Educators may request to setup a time to meet with faculty to learn more about the Modeling the Future Challenge and actuarial science at large. If interested contact Dr. Herschel Day at: DAYHE@uwec.edu

Youngstown State University hosts high school students and teachers on campus for informational events and career days to help connect the opportunities in the actuarial profession with high schools in the region. Educators may request to setup a time to meet with faculty to learn more about the Modeling the Future Challenge and actuarial science at large. If interested contact Dr. Thomas Wakefield at: tpwakefield@ysu.edu

Contact

The Actuarial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the philanthropic organization for the actuarial industry in the United States. The Foundation promotes lifelong math education and financial literacy through its learning resources and scholarships. The Modeling the Future Challenge is managed in partnership with The Institute of Competition Sciences. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer or have any questions about registering a team in the competition, contact us using the email or phone below.

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