2014 Outstanding Alumni Recognition
Mathematics Outstanding Alumnus
Jiongmin Yong received his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Fudan University in 1982. He was a Ph.D. student at Purdue University from 1983 - 1986, under the supervision of Professor L. D. Berkovitz. Dr. Yong received his Ph.D. degree in 1986.
He was an instructor at the Department of Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin from 1986 to 1987. From 1988 to 2003, he was a faculty member at the Department of Mathematics, Fudan University. While at Fudan University, he was promoted to a full professor in 1991, became a Cheung Kong Professor in 2000, and was also the department chairman from 2000-2003. In 2003, he became a professor at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Yong has made fundamental contributions in infinite-dimensional optimal control, differential games with switching controls, forward-backward stochastic differential equations, stochastic optimal control, and time-inconsistent optimal control. He has published 7 books and over 120 journal papers. In 2011, Dr. Yong won the SIAG/CST Best SICON paper prize. He was also a 45-minute invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in 2014.
Professor Yong gave the Outstanding Alumnus Seminar talk entitled "Time-Inconsistent Problems in Optimal Control Theory".
Actuarial Science Outstanding Alumnae
Anne Jackson is a Principal and Consulting Actuary working in the Indianapolis office of Milliman. She joined the company in 1997 and is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a member of Purdue University's Actuarial Advisory Board.
Jackson has participated in several extensive research projects for pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. She was responsible for developing the analysis models through linear regression processes. She also has expertise in analyzing and modeling healthcare expenditures
She graduated from Purdue University in 1993, where she received her BS in interdisciplinary mathematics and statistics - a precursor to today's actuarial program. Originally, Jackson came to Purdue to study engineering but switched to the actuarial science program of study after two years where she enjoyed the mix of math, economics and business.
The Indianapolis health practice – and other Milliman offices – regularly recruit from Purdue, because of the strength of its program and its reputation. Being close to West Lafayette allows the opportunity to interact with the program and the students throughout the year. Additionally, Jackson and her partners are happy to provide a scholarship to Purdue actuarial science majors.