Modeling the Future Challenge Symposium Opening Ceremony
February 26, 2018
The inaugural Modeling the Future Challenge Symposium opened on Sunday night with a full program. The Foundation’s executive director, Jason Leppin, welcomed the finalists, their coaches, parents, and sponsors to the event. “We hope that participating in the Modeling the Future Challenge has provided an incentive for these students to continue to develop their mathematical skills and apply them to make a difference in the real world”, Mr. Leppin said.
Joe Nichols, current Chair of The Actuarial Foundation, announced the finalist teams who will be competing in the Challenge. These finalist teams were selected from 52 participating student teams from across the country and they are competing for college scholarships to each winning team’s school(s) of choice. As Mr. Nichols announced the finalist teams competing, he said, “I have never been more proud to be part of the actuarial profession.”
The evening continued with a presentation from Christine Hofbeck, who shared a little bit about her life as an actuary. Ms. Hofbeck has been an actuary for almost 25 years, specializing in building predictive analytics and advanced pricing capabilities for large global insurers. Most recently, she competed in season 35 of the hit CBS reality television show Survivor, which aired this past fall.
The evening was capped off with a roundtable session for student finalists, giving them the opportunity to participate in question and answer sessions with actuaries.
Students started their day today with a trip to the National Museum of Mathematics, also known as MoMath. They will present their projects this afternoon and winners in the inaugural Modeling the Future Challenge will be announced tonight.