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The SOA Announces the First Recipient of the SOA Actuarial Science Early Career Award

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 28, 2021 – The Society of Actuaries (SOA) and its Education & Research Section announced the first recipient of the SOA Actuarial Science Early Career Award; Dr. Ruodu Wang. He is the University Research Chair, Sun Life Fellow and associate professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada. This award recognizes Dr. Wang’s contributions to the field of actuarial science.

Open to scholars around the world, the SOA Actuarial Science Early Career Award recognizes individuals for their exceptional scientific contributions in actuarial science at the early stages of their academic career. In addition to award recognition, this year’s recipient received $5,000.

Later this August, Dr. Wang will deliver a keynote presentation on risk measurement at the 2021 Actuarial Research Virtual Conference, hosted by DePaul University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Peking University, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to his work at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Wang participates on the editorial boards of several top actuarial journals and has been invited as a keynote speaker for major actuarial conferences. His work has included research on risk measures, dependence modeling, risk sharing and their practical implications on insurance and banking regulation.

The SOA Actuarial Science Early Career Award is geared toward individuals within ten years from the start of their first full-time academic appointment, have demonstrated evidence of publication on actuarial science topics in peer-reviewed journals, and are showing progress to earn an actuarial designation or earned a credential. The SOA and its Education & Research Section plan to offer this career award again in 2022. Learn more about the SOA Actuarial Science Early Career Award.

About the Society of Actuaries

With roots dating back to 1889, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) is the world’s largest actuarial professional organization with more than 32,000 actuaries as members. Through research and education, the SOA's mission is to advance actuarial knowledge and to enhance the ability of actuaries to provide expert advice and relevant solutions for financial, business and societal challenges. The SOA's vision is for actuaries to be the leading professionals in the measurement and management of risk.