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David G. Hudak, Ph.D., ASA

Department Head, Mathematics

Professor, Actuarial Science and Mathematics

David Hudak is the Department Head, Mathematics at RMU. He joined RMU in Fall 2003 as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science. For seven years prior to his time at RMU, he worked as a consulting actuary at two actuarial firms, Mercer Human Resources Consulting and Towers Perrin. He also worked at two other private consulting firms in the Washington, DC area, the Center for Naval Analyses and TASC. Dr. Hudak received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from St. Vincent College and his masters and doctorate in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Leonard A. Asimow, Ph.D., ASA

Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Leonard A. Asimow joined RMU in 2001 as the Founding Director of the Actuarial Science Program. Before he came to RMU, Dr. Asimow taught at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and the University of Wyoming. He previously directed the actuarial science program at Maryville University, St. Louis. He is a co-author of the ACTEX textbook Probability and Statistics with Applications: A Problem Solving Text. He has served on the Education and Research Council of the SOA and was editor of a national newsletter for actuarial educators. Dr. Asimow received his bachelor's degree from UCLA and his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Washington.

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Christophe Groendyke, Ph.D., FSA

Director, Actuarial Science Program

Assistant Professor of Actuarial Science and Mathematics

Chris Groendyke is the Director, Actuarial Science Program and assistant professor of the Actuarial Science Program at RMU. He joined RMU in January 2012. Before coming to RMU, he was a faculty member in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He serves on various committees for the Society of Actuaries, and recently wrote a primer on basic life contingencies for the Society of Actuaries. Before entering academia, Chris worked as an actuary at USAA Life Insurance Company in San Antonio, Texas for over seven years. Chris became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 2004. He earned a B.A. degree in Computer Sciences and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. Chris received an M.S. in Statistics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 and a Ph. D. in Statistics from Penn State in 2011.

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Liang (Jason) Hong, Ph.D., FSA

Assistant Professor of Actuarial Science and Mathematics

Liang (Jason) Hong is an assistant professor of the Actuarial Science Program at RMU. He taught a variety of actuarial science, stat and math classes at Bradley University before he joined RMU in August 2013. Dr. Hong also served as the program coordinator of the actuarial science-math program at Bradley. He is serving on various SOA preliminary and fellow-level exam committees. Dr. Hong earned his BA in economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and PhD in mathematics from Purdue University. He is a passionate teacher and an active researcher. He is the recipient of the 2016 President’s Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Scholarship. His areas of expertise include actuarial science, quantitative finance, functional analysis, stochastic calculus and Bayesian statistics.

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  • hong@rmu.edu
  • 412-397-4024 phone
  • 412-397-4075 fax
  • John Jay 312