Actuarial Science Program Faculty

Beckley, Jeff
Director Actuarial Science/Professional Actuary in Residence

  • Office: MATH 818
  • Phone: 765-494-0493
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  • Jeff Beckley, FSA, is the Director of the Actuarial Science Program. He has been involved with the Actuarial Science Program for 14 years. Prior to joining Purdue, Jeff worked as a consulting actuary for his own firm as well as Deloitte. Jeff has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Actuaries and is very active on the Society’s examination, curriculum, and research committees. Jeff has been named the Outstanding Teacher in the College of Science three times.

Ward, Mark
Associate Director of Actuarial Science/Professor of Statistics

  • Office: MATH 200
  • Phone: 765-496-9563
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  • Mark Daniel Ward, Ph.D., is a Professor of Statistics and is also Associate Director of Actuarial Science. He joined the faculty at Purdue in 2007. Mark has held visiting positions at the University of Maryland and The George Washington University, as well as École Polytechnique and Université de Paris. He served as Undergraduate Chair in Statistics for 10 years. In 2016, Mark received the national Mu Sigma Rho William D. Warde Statistics Education Award and he was also voted as the Most Outstanding Faculty in Purdue's Favorite Faculty program. Mark is currently serving as Associate Director of Purdue's Integrative Data Science Initiative, and he is organizing the new student program called The Data Mine.

Su, Jianxi
Associate Director of Actuarial Science/Assistant Professor of Statistics

  • Office: MATH 536
  • Phone: 765-494-6037
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  • Dr. Su is an assistant professor at the Department of Statistics at Purdue University. He is also one of the Associate Directors of the Actuarial Science Program at Purdue. Prior to joining Purdue in 2016, Dr. Su completed his PhD at York University (2012-2015). Upon graduation, he held a Post-doctoral position at the Schulich School of Business for six months in 2016. Dr. Su obtained the Associate of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (ACIA) in 2015 and the Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) in 2017. His research expertise are in dependence modelling, risk management, and pricing. During his PhD candidature, Dr. Su worked as a research associate at the Model Validation and ORSA Implementation team of Sun Life Financial (Toronto office).

Xu, Mengyi
Assistant Professor in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Office: MATH 512
  • Phone: 765-496-3714
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  • Dr. Xu is an assistant professor in the Departments of Statistics and Mathematics. She has a PhD degree in actuarial science and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA). Before joining Purdue, she worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). Her research interests are in mortality and disability modeling, pension fund management and retirement financial product innovations.


Zhang, Lingsong 

Associate Professor of Statistics 


Rubin, Dan 

Actuarial Science Lecturer 

Actuarial Science Lecturer