Program Faculty

Jeff Beckley

Beckley, Jeff
Director Actuarial Science/Professional Actuary in Residence

Office: MATH 818

Phone: 765-494-0493



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. 


Mark Ward

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

Office: MATH 200

Phone: 765-496-9563



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.


Jianxi Su

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

Office: MATH 536

Phone: 765-494-6037



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).


Jianxi Su

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

Office: MATH 512

Phone: 765-496-3714


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.


Lingsong Zhang

Zhang, Lingsong
Associate Professor of Statistics

Office: MATH 544

Phone: 765-494-7913




Dan Rubin

Rubin, Dan
Actuarial Science Lecturer

Office: MATH 815

Phone: 765-494-0943


Dan Rubin, FSA, is a continuing lecturer in Actuarial Science. Dan has been with the Actuarial Science Program for 4 years. Dan brings a broad range of experiences in actuarial practice to Purdue following his 30 years of Annuity reserving, pricing, and risk management while working for Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, OH.


Sally Ray

Ray, Sally

Actuarial Science Lecturer

Office: MATH 813

Phone: 765-496-7408


Sally Ray has been involved with the Actuarial Science Program since Fall 2020. Prior to joining Purdue, Sally worked 7 years as a consulting pension actuary for Nyhart. She earned her Enrolled Actuary (EA) designation in 2018 from the Joint Board and became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) in 2018.

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