Mathematical Careers and Ideas: Panel Discussion on Financial Mathematics

Mathematical Careers and Ideas: Panel Discussion on Financial Mathematics

In Mathematical Careers and Ideas, the mathematics department will offer a series of talks designed to help undergraduates make decisions about their future careers and what they can do now to prepare for them. The first event of this series will be a panel discussion on the mathematics of finance. It will take place in


There will be pizza and soft drinks. All students interested in the mathematical sciences are welcome to attend.

In a few weeks' time we will have a panel on careers in mathematical research in scientific fields. During the Spring semester, we will have one on careers in teaching and mathematical education. If you would like to be put on the mailing list for announcements of these events, please send mail with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to .

Below, we include some information about our invited speakers for this first panel, and the topics they will address.

  DENISE FEDER is Vice President and Actuary for The Prudential Property and Casualty Insurance Company of New Jersey (PRUPAC of NJ). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College.

Ms. Feder joined Prudential in 1987 as an actuarial student. Through the Company's Actuarial Training Program, she held rotational assignments in Automobile Pricing, Reserves, Pricing Research, and Financial Planning & Analysis. She became an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society in 1992 and attained Fellowship in 1995. In addition, she is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Ms. Feder has been a member of the PRUPAC of NJ management team since November 1996. She played a major role in developing and implementing PRUPAC of NJ's automobile rating tier system.

Ms. Feder will explain strategies for preparing for and passing the Actuarial Exams, and what the opportunities are once you become an actuary.

  PAUL FEEHAN is an Associate Professor in the Rutgers Department of Mathematics. His research is in topology of 4-manifolds, differential geometry, and partial differential equations. He is currently teaching a graduate course in Mathematical Finance in the Department of Mathematics. Recently he has been involved in the organization of a future Master's Degree Program in Mathematical Finance.

Prof. Feehan will talk about the programs and courses which undergraduates at Rutgers should take if they are interested in a career in financial mathematics.

  JASON A. JONES is an Associate Director in the Financial Services Ratings unit of Standard & Poor's. He is an insurance company credit analyst specializing in the property & casualty and financial insurance segments. He follows several companies, participates in rating committees which assign debt and financial strength ratings, develops and maintains quantitative credit models, and publishes rating commentary.

Dr. Jones joined Standard & Poor's as an insurance analyst in 2000. He has prior experience in property & casualty actuarial analysis, health care consulting, and university level mathematics teaching. he earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in mathematics from Penn State in 1988 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Rutgers University in 1995.

Dr. Jones will talk about mathematical opportunities in investment banking and insurance, providing us with the perspective of someone with years of experience in the industry.

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