August 28, 2018
Four actuaries will discuss their careers. Speaking will be Junoesque Hsiao of Fidelity Investments, Carter Angell of Nyhart, Chris Michalski of Willis Towers Watson, Joshua Spencer of Brotherhood Mutual, and Joachin Camara of Aon. Learn more about each speaker. (~1MB PDF).
2018 ACMS Recent Alumni Panel and Meet the New Actuarial Director
April 16, 2018
Recent Notre Dame graduates Brendan Jones, Melissa Krumdick, and Zachary Mastrovich will discuss their jobs after Notre Dame at companies including Nyhart, Belvedere Trading, and Windhaven Insurance. Also speaking will be Tom Totten, chief executive officer of Nyhart.
Gun Violence: Actuarial Analysis and Mathematical Modeling
April 3, 2018
Kristen Moore, Ph.D.
Kristen Moore is an associate professor of mathematics and is the associate chair for education in the Mathematics Department at the University of Michigan. She holds a bachelor's in mathematics from Bucknell University and an master's and doctorate in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. She also passed the series of professional examinations that lead to the Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) designation. Moore’s research focuses on qualitative and quantitative properties of solutions to differential equations and free-boundary problems that arise in actuarial and financial mathematics.
An Introduction to Medical Reinsurance
March 27, 2018
Larry rejoined Summit Re in 2014 following a five-year hiatus during which time he served as chief actuary for Brotherhood Mutual Ins. Co. which provides property and liability coverage to churches and related ministries. Prior to Brotherhood Mutual, he was Summit Re’s director of underwriting. He also spent seventeen years at Lincoln National Reinsurance Companies in a variety of positions.
Integrating Faith and Finances: An Actuary's Perspective
March 6, 2018
Brian Miller, FSA, MAAA, is an associate actuary at Everence, a faith-based financial services firm that helps its clients live out their values in their financial decisions. Brian hgas been with Everence since 2001, serving in various actuarial capacities. Currently he has responsibility for Life and Annuity valuation and reporting functions.
Predicting the Future, Now with Data
January 30, 2018
116 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
James (Jim) Murphy is the Chief Actuary and Senior Vice-President of Product at Windhaven Insurance Company, a regional personal lines insurance company headquartered in Miami, FL and recently named one of the South Florida Business Journal Best Places to Work for the third time. Jim has worked in the actuarial field for over 20 years. In his current role, he oversees all actuarial and product development functions, including pricing, underwriting, and reserving for all existing and new insurance products. Jim has previously worked in both consulting and at various insurance companies, including Republic Underwriters, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, and USAA.
A Case Study in Insurance Product Development
November 6, 2017
117 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
Anthony is Vice President & Actuary, Individual Life Pricing, with Munich Re, US Life. He has more than 25 years of industry experience. His current role with Munich Re is to lead the Individual Life Pricing team. Prior to joining Munich Re, Anthony spent 9 years at New York Life, in various leadership roles, including pricing, product development, project management, and compliance. He has served on many industry committees, and has been a speaker at many industry meetings including The Life and Annuity Symposium, The Valuation Actuary Symposium and The Actuarial Society of Greater New York.
Insurance Company Opportunities
October 23, 2017
118 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
Ms. Kennedy has 32 years of actuarial experience in the insurance industry including over 25 years with Pacific Life. Her experience includes roles in planning and financial reporting, product management, valuation, asset adequacy analysis, division risk management, and enterprise risk management.
Mr. Varma joined Pacific Life in 2008 as a Senior Market & Credit Risk Analyst in ERM and was promoted in 2012 to Director, Market & Credit Risk. In 2015, he was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Economic Capital Management. In this role, he leads the company-wide efforts in the development and ongoing reporting for economic capital, including economic capital determination, allocation, pricing, and model development for Pacific Life and its divisions and subsidiaries.
Big Data and Analytics, Robotics and the Future of the Actuary
October 2, 2017
127 Hayes-Healy, 5:30 p.m.
Jeff is a Manager in the Insurance Services consulting practice at Deloitte Consulting LLP based out of the Chicago office. Jeff is a life and annuity product development and pricing actuary by trade. Recently, Jeff has worked extensively in the application of predictive analytics to core operations for life insurance and annuity manufacturers. Jeff has led many engagements with both traditional life insurance company clients and other non-traditional clients to apply actuarial and analytics concepts into client strategy, operations, and product offerings.
Nate is a Manager with experience in the life insurance and sports industries. At Deloitte, Nate has focused on the strategy and operations of life insurance companies, along with the future of the actuarial profession. Previously, Nate worked at the National Football League (NFL), along with several professional sports teams and the Northwestern University athletic department.
International Risk Management: A Practitioner's Perspective
September 18, 2017
209 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
Carla Hall is an actuary on hiatus. She worked for 15 years for Principal Financial Group, based in Des Moines, Iowa, and has more than 10 years of international experience, primarily with Latin America and Asia. As a specialist in international risk and capital management, her responsibilities included risk quantification and long-term scenario analysis, developing internal risk management policies and practices, and advising on capital management for international businesses.
August 30, 2017
117 Hayes-Healy, 5:30 p.m.
Four professionals who work in the actuarial filed will share their experiences. They include Carter Angell, who leads the Defined Benefit Department in Nyhart's Indianapolis office, primarily consulting with clients on tehir defined benefit plans, including pension plan administration, valuation review, and annual results presentations. Also, Chris Michalski, '12, will speak about his five years of pension actuarial experience with Willis Towers Watson. Dan Froehlich, a senior associate actuary in the Chicago office of Fidelity Benefits Consulting, will share his experiences regarding actuarial valuation of defined benefit and retiree medical plan liabilities for minimum funding and U.S. GAAP disclosures, compliance and coast projection. Lastly, James Koci, '17, will speak about his experiences as an actuarial student working in the Retirement and Investment division of Aon Hewitt in Chicago.
Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System
August 22, 2017
117 DeBartolo, 3:30 p.m.
Three representatives from Aetna will discuss issues regarding the U.S. health care system. These include Andy Hiles, a business leader with over 20 years’ experience in benefits strategy, design, funding and administration. Andy joined Aetna in 2014 and is the vice president, National Accounts Risk Management and Analytics. Andy has responsibility for several functional areas, include Strategy, Underwriting and Actuarial. Also speaking will be Craig Bauer. Craig started his careeer with Aetna in 1997 and is currently the head actuary for Aetna’s National Accounts business, a position he assumed in April 2016. In this role, he partners closely with Finance, Sales and Underwriting to drive profitable growth across all products and services for employers with over 3,000 employees. Additionally, Chad Hollenbach will be sharing his experiences and expertise. Chad has over 10 years of experience in the insurance and consulting industries. Chad joined Aetna in 2008 and is currently the Director of National Accounts Fully Insured Business and part of the Field Actuary team. Chad oversees the pricing for all fully insured national account business, including both the Aon Hewitt Corporate Exchange and traditional fully insured customers.
"Personal Applications of Actuarial Science to a Career in P&C Insurance"
April 11, 2017
125 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
Ben Turner is the President of Windhaven Insurance, starting in June 2016. Ben attended Brigham Young University graduating undergraduate studies in 1999. He then proceeded to attend Brigham Young as a graduate student achieving both his MBA and his JD. He also passed the California Bar. Ben began his career at Farmers Insurance Group, spending two years there starting as an Actuarial Intern and ending as a Senior Actuarial Analyst. He then worked at Bristol West as a staff Actuary. Starting in 2005, Ben became involved with Windhaven Insurance Company as the Company's first actuary. During his initial time at Windhaven he created the initial products sold as well as set the foundation for the company's growth. After about a year, Ben began working at Texas Mutual Insurance Company under multiple titles, ranging from VP of Actuarial Services to SVP & Chief Actuary. From 2005 to 2016 Ben also held a position on the Windhaven Board of Directors actively reviewing potential acquisition deals, competitor products, and other needs. In 2016, Ben rejoined Windhaven as President. Ben is a member of American Academy of Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society.
ACMS Alumni Panel
ACMS Alumni Panel
April 3, 2017
125 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m..
Alumni Allison Dahl, Jeremy Doyle, Nicole Frederickson, Chris Hecht and Jesse Keipp share their experiences.
“Actuarial Careers: Balancing Work and Play While Making a Difference”
March 27, 2017
125 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
Andy Hiles is a business leader with over 20 years’ experience in benefits strategy, design, funding and administration. Andy joined Aetna in 2014 and is the Vice President, National Accounts Risk Management and Analytics. A +$9 billion business, Aetna National Accounts delivers innovative, customer-focused benefits solutions to large employers-covering over 7 million medical members throughout North America. Andy also works directly with customers providing insight on the development of strategic benefits plans which can position employers to meet company cost and talent objectives. Andy is a published author of over a dozen articles on numerous aspects of employee benefits, and a frequent speaker on the topic.
"Society of Actuaries Research and the Study of Mortality Improvement"
March 8, 2017
125 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, CFA, MAAA, is managing director of Research for the Society of Actuaries (SOA), a position he has held since Decemeber 2013. In his role, Hall coordinates the SOA’s strategic research partnerships, oversees SOA experience studies, coordinates research across the SOA’s wide variety of actuarial practice areas, and directs the SOA’s data-driven in-house research initiatives. He is a frequent speaker at insurance and retirement industry meetings to highlight SOA research, including presentations to the actuarial task forces of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and testimony to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures on pension plan mortality rates.
"Developing New Coverages for a Niche Market"
February 21, 2017
125 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
Josh Spencer is an insurance leader who moved to Fort Wayne in 2014 from Illinois. He studied actuarial science, insurance, and finance at Ball State before proceeding to consult corporations, cities, risk pools, and insurance companies throughout North America on actuarial issues. Passionate about serving churches, Josh joined Brotherhood Mutual and currently serves as Chief Actuary where he is responsible for all aspects of the actuarial program including research and product development. Josh, his wife Jessi, and daughter Violet live on the south side of downtown Fort Wayne where they are active in neighborhood events and organizations that promote positive community and economic growth throughout the city center. Josh is a volunteer at Pine Hills City Church and serves on the board for the Ball State Actuarial Program and Northeast Indiana Public Radio.
"Actuarial Acumen: A Practical Guide"
November 9, 2016
125 DeBartolo, 6 p.m.
Kiera Doster is a Senior Director in the FTI Consulting Global Insurance Services practice and is based in Chicago. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. With 21 years of experience within the property and casualty insurance industry, Ms. Doster has worked on a variety of engagements including loss reserve analyses, predictive modeling, ratemaking analyses, feasibility studies, litigation support, large account commercial lines pricing, rate filings and regulatory compliance. Kiera has both industry and consulting experience. During her time working for insurers, Ms. Doster worked in the program business arena where she priced, in conjunction with underwriting management, specialized insurance products tailored to specific classes or particular niche markets. In addition to being in a pricing role, she assisted the Chief Actuary in setting quarterly loss reserves for the individual programs. Kiera also worked for a multinational insurer in a ratemaking role supporting large account commercial risks including deductible and retrospective policies.
"Retirement Actuaries: An Opportunity to Help Employees Put the Ball in the End Zone"
November 2, 2016
125 DeBartolo, 6 p.m.
Bridget Baumstark is a senior consulting actuary and the leader of Willis Towers Watson’s Chicago Retirement business, working with organizations on the design, financing and administrations of their retirement programs. In her 25 years of consulting, Bridget has also had significant experience with retirement program risk management strategies and post retirement benefit programs. Bridget also serves as a relationship manager. She has also led the firms retirement program design team and been a member of Willis Towers Watson’s national Retirement Risk Management team.
"Non-Traditional Roles In Insurance For Analytical People"
October 10, 2016
125 DeBartolo, 6 p.m.
Mr. Dougherty is Chief Operating Officer, having previously served as XL Group’s Executive Vice President of Underwriting and Ceded Reinsurance where he coordinated insurance underwriting portfolio strategy. Having worked as an underwriter, actuary and risk officer throughout his 20 - year career, he has a strong combination of experience and insight. Chris joined XL Group in 2012 as the Chief Financial Officer for Insurance operations and was responsible for overseeing global financial reporting and planning, accounting, budgeting and financial analysis. Before joining XL, he held a variety of senior positions in both the insurance and reinsurance sectors, including Chief Risk Officer of Axis Capital Holding Limited’s reinsurance segment. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
"Actuaries and Start Ups"
October 5, 2016
125 DeBartolo, 6 p.m.
Tom Totten is an actuary and chief executive officer of Nyhart, one of the nation’s largest independent actuarial firms. As the firm’s senior executive, he oversees the operation and strategic growth of the growing company in addition to continuing to consult as a senior actuary to a variety of national companies. Tom has a broad background in defined benefit and defined contribution consulting and is regularly turned to by CEOs, CFOs, and boards of directors on retirement and other employee benefit strategies, consulted with a number of Fortune 500 companies, as well as groups like local utilities and church organizations.
Bernie Gray and Dominick Ghirardo
"From Actuarial Science to a Predictive Analytics Career"
September 19, 2016
125 DeBartolo, 6 p.m.
At Notre Dame, Bernie received a B.S. in Math and Spanish with an Acutarial Science minor in 2014 and a M.S. in ACMS in 2015. He is currently pursuing a M.S. in Computer Science online at Georgia Tech. He has worked as an analyst at 84.51* in Cincinnati, OH since graduation, where he uses machine learning to optimize the layouts of Kroger stores. Kroger operates over 2,700 stores, had nearly $110 billion in sales in 2015, and is the world’s third-largest retailer behind Walmart and Costco.
At Notre Dame, Dominick received a B.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics with an Actuarial Science minor in 2015. He is currently an analyst at 84.51*, a data science company based in Cincinnati, OH. Dominick uses a variety of statistical techniques to help improve various aspects of Kroger’s business.
"Business Transformation in the Insurance Industry"
125 DeBartolo, 6 p.m.
September 13, 2016
Pete Effler has spent a 32-year career in leadership positions in the insurance and consulting industries. As chief operating officer of American Modern Insurance Gropup in Cincinnati, he has overall responsibility for the company transformation, information technology, and overall business operations. Pete started with American Modern in February 2005 as senior vice president of operations for the Financial Institution Division (FID) and significantley grew that part of the business. In addition, Pete also had responsibilities in the personal lines business, strategic alliances, and sales operations. Starting in 2011, Pete assumed COO responsibilities including leadership of the IT organization and Insurance Operations.
Prior to his tenure at American Modern, Pete was a partner at Accenture where he worked with a variety of manufacturing clients from 1985 to 2005. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a M.S. in Industrial Engineering, and the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. on Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Communication.
"From Liabilities to Assets: The Benefits of an Actuarial Background"
206 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
April 18, 2016
Greg Leonberger is the director of research and a managing partner for Marquette Associates. An owner of the firm, Greg has been with the company since 2008 and has over 17 years of investment experience. He leads the firm's capital markets research and directs investment strategies and policies. He also chairs the firm's investment committee and discretionary services committee. He has authored numerous papers on portfolio strategy, asset allocation, and liability driven investing, and regularly consults with clients on these topics. Prior to joining Marquette, Greg was an actuarial consultant at Hewitt Associates for nine years where he consulted on all aspects of pension and post retirement welfare plans, including funding, accounting, strategy, design and regulatory compliance. Greg holds a B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. with honors in analytic finance from the Univesity of Chicago Booth School of Business. Greg is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an enrolled actuary and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Michael A. Walters
206 DeBartolo, 5:30 p.m.
April 13, 2016
Michael A. Walters is a professional actuary, a Fellow and past president of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS). He has a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He has written three CAS Proceedings Papers that were on the CAS exam syllabus on: risk classification, homeowners ratemaking and catastrophe risk. He retired as a senior partner of Tillinghast-Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson), the largest independent actuarial and benefits consulting firm in the world. Previously he was senior vice president and chief actuary at Insurance Services Office, the nation's leading property/casualty insurance ratemankg and statistical organization.
203 Debartolo, 5:00 p.m.
February 22, 2016
Mr. Behnke graduated from University of Michigan in May of 2001. He was hired shortly after graduation by Midwest Pension Actuaries, Inc. (MPA). During his first couple of years, Mr. Behnke spent time as an actuarial administrator, but left MPA for a short period in 2005-2006 to explore other actuarial job opportunities in large company plan administration.
After his return to MPA in the Fall of 2006, Mr. Behnke started his course study to obtain the Enrolled Actuary (EA) designation and became an EA in 2010. Mr. Behnke’s job responsibilities include designing retirement small business and the administration of these retirement plans.
206 DeBartolo, 5:00 p.m.
February 10, 2016
Andrew Karl graduated from Notre Dame in 2008 as an honors math major and completed his Ph.D. in statistics from Arizona State in 2012. Through consulting and teaching short courses as a subcontractor with Adsurgo LLC, Dr. Karl has had the opportunity to work with pharmaceutical, military, technology, manufacturing, and government customers in a broad spectrum of areas including text mining, forecasting, data mining, experimental design, and process control. He has also remained active in academics, contracting on a National Science Foundation grant, serving as a journal referee, and publishing peer-reviewed articles on computation of non-nested multivariate generalized linear mixed models, parallel random number generation, value-added models for teacher evaluation, text mining, and football rankings.
Mary Jo Kannon
125 Hayes Healy Center, 5:30 p.m.
December 8, 2015
Most recently the VP of Data Analytics for ESIS, ACE Group’s Third Party Administra-
tor of claims services, she oversaw the overall data strategy in addition to managing the strategic outcomes and business intelligence teams. Using sophisticated tools and predicitive modeling, these teams provide benchmarking and analytic services to Fortune 500 clients, including customized scorecards, benchmarking targets, and loss cost root cause analysis.
With over 25 years of commercial insurance experience, she has a broad understand-
ing of the industry and processes that support its development, service delivery, and measurement of results. Her background includes risk management consulting, P&C actuarial pricing and reserving, data quality and operations re-engineering.
229 Hayes-Healy Center, 7:00 p.m.
October 15, 2015
Mr. Totten is an actuary and chief executive officer of Nyhart, one of the nation’s larg-
est independent actuarial firms. As the firm’s senior executive, he oversees the opera-
tion and strategic growth of the growing company in addition to continuing to consult as a senior actuary to a variety of national companies.
Mr. Totten has a broad background in defined benefit and defined contribution con-
sulting and is regularly turned to by CEOs, CFOs, and boards of directors on retire-
ment and other employee benefit strategies, consulted with a number of Fortune 500 companies, as well as groups like local utilities and church organizations. He previously worked for the international actuarial firm Hewitt Associates, where he served as an actuarial consultant and at United Actuarial Services as chief health care actuary, consulting with Taft-Hartley plans for health care and pensions.
127 Hayes-Healy Center, 4:40 p.m.
October 14, 2015
Mr. Celentano was named Chief Risk Officer in 2012 and serves as senior vice presi-
dent, Enterprise Risk Management. In this role Mr. Celentano oversees the company’s risk appetite across all business lines and is responsible for identifying, assessing and prioritizing risks across the organization and chairs the Finance and Risk Manage-
ment Committee. He also oversees the development of economic capital measures.
Mr. Celentano joined Pacific Life in 1992 as assistant vice president, Product Man-
agement, in the Institutional Products Division. In 1999, he was promoted to vicepresident, Structured Products, and was named senior vice president, Product Man-
agement, for the Investment Management Division in 2006.
127 Hayes-Healy Center
October 8, 2015
Mr. Dougherty is Chief Operating Officer, having previously served as XL Group’s Executive Vice President of Underwriting and Ceded Reinsurance where he coordi-
nated insurance underwriting portfolio strategy. Having worked as an underwriter, actuary and risk officer throughout his 20-year career, he has a strong combination of experience and insight. Chris joined XL Group in 2012 as the Chief Financial Officer for Insurance operations and was responsible for overseeing global financial reporting and planning, accounting, budgeting and financial analysis. Before joining XL, he held a variety of senior positions in both the insurance and reinsurance sectors, including Chief Risk Officer of Axis Capital Holding Limited’s reinsurance segment.
Charles C. Emma, FCAS, MAAA
127 Hayes-Healy Center, 5:00 p.m.
October 28, 2014
Come learn about the many career opportunities as a casualty actuary and the activities of the Casualty Actuary Society (CAS). Significant time will be available for questions and one-on-one discussions.
Mr. Emma is a managing principal with EVP Advisors, Inc. and has over 25 years experience of actuarial experience.
He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Mr. Emma is a
1984 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and is affiliated with the CAS/University Liaison program.
Andrew Hiles, FAS, MAAA
"Ask the Actuaries Seminar: Actuarial Careers in Post-Health Care Reform America"
127 Hayes-Healy Center, 4:30 p.m.
October 12, 2014
Prior roles include:
- National Benefits Leader, McKinsey & Company (management consulting), where he served health systems, carriers and employers in the development of new products and in the review of the efficiency of their benefit programs
- National and regional leadership roles at Towers Watson and Aon Hewitt (benefit consulting), where he served employer clients in the development of long-term benefit strategies that met corporate goals for talent (attraction/retention), worker productivity and financial efficiency
- Served as lead benefit strategy consultant to numerous major employers across all industries
- Applied forward-looking procurement techniques to the assessment of carrier fees
- Partnered with economists from the John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Health to develop methods helping employers assess cultural and socioeconomic health care disparities in their workforce
- Member of the National Business Group of Health’s “Health Inequities Advisory Board”
- Member of Wellpoint’s “Health Disparities Advisory Board”
Jeremy Pecora, FCAS, MAAA
"Rising in the Actuarial Profession through the CAS" (790kb PDF)
127 Hayes-Healy Center, 4:30 p.m.
March 26, 2014
Mr. Pecora is a senior actuarial consultant with the Risk Consulting and Software business of Towers Watson and currently manages its Detroit office. Mr. Pecora has authored articles in Best’s Weekly and has contributed to the Captive Insurance Company Reports (CICR). Mr. Pecora received a M.S. in pure mathematics from West Virginia University and a B.S. in mathematics from Fairmont State College. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
David E. Delahanty, ASA and Nicole Delahanty, FSA, CIMA
"Ask the Actuaries Seminar: What does an actuary do? Hear from the experts." (754kb PDF)
127 Hayes-Healy Center, 7:00 p.m.
November 27, 2012
Studying mathematics, statistics and business can lead to certification as an actuary. Today’s actuaries help make critical business decisions in a surprising variety of areas. Learn more from the experts at our Ask the Actuaries Seminar.
Mr. David Delahanty is an associate of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the Health, Pension and Actuary of the Future Sections of the Society of Actuaries; an enrolled actuary in the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and American Academy of Actuaries (former); and a Senior Consultant for Towers Watson. Mr. Delahanty is a 1986 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Ms. Nicole Delahanty is a principal and senior consultant at Jeffrey Slocum & Associates, Inc. She received a Bachelor of Commerce Honors in actuarial science from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Business Administration from Augsburg College. Ms. Delahanty holds the Certified Investment Manager Analyst (CIMA) designation through the Investment Management Consultants Association, the designation of Enrolled Actuary under ERISA, and became Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) in 2002.
Hal Stern, Ph.D.
Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean and Professor of Statistics
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
"The Bowl Champion Series: Still Crazy After All These Years" (640kb PDF)
Jordan Hall of Science, room 101 - 4:00 p.m.
December 9, 2011
The college football national championship for the highest level of competition is decided by a complicated arrangement called the Bowl Championship Series (also known as the BCS) that has been developed over the last 15 years. It remains a source of great controversy every fall as teams rise and fall in the rankings and thereby increase or decrease their chance of playing for the championship. A recent book called “Death to the BCS” raised a number of economic and political issues associated with the controversy. This talk reviews the history of rating teams and discusses statistical issues associated with the BCS. This includes a discussion of alternative methods for rating teams and alternative approaches for choosing a champion.