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Statistics and Applied Probability | University of California, Santa Barbara

Dustin Bingham

Dustin Bingham

Actuarial Science B.S., 2003
Corporate Finance, Sikorsky Aircraft

More than 16 years of experience in leading financial management across industries, combining analytical strength and knowledge with deep operational leadership, technical savvy and cross-functional management abilities. Extensive achievements within financial programs, managing campaigns, leading teams, generating revenue growth, controlling costs, and process efficiency development.

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Theo Iaponas

Theo Iaponas

Actuarial Science B.S., 2002
CEO Swiss Life Luxembourg, Swiss Life

I worked in life insurance and life reinsurance in Europe while completing my fellowship. At the completion of the fellowship, I obtained an MBA from University of Washington and since then I worked on non-traditional actuarial and management positions.

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Eugene Kwok

Statistics B.S., Econ/Math B.A., 2000
Director of Business Intelligence, NBC Universal - Peacock

I got a masters in Economics right after UCSB. The Stat and Econ courses provided great analytical foundation for my career in business intelligence. I recently joined NBC to help launch the Peacock streaming service. It’s been fun and challenging at the same time, it’s like working at a little startup but with outsized visibility of a big corporation!

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Meenakshi Sabina Subbaraman

Statistics B.S., 2005
Biostatistician, Director of Statistical and Data Services, Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute

I've wanted to be a statistician since I was a kid, so I went straight into a stats MS program after graduating from UCSB. Between the two years of my MS, I volunteered with an epidemiologist working on HIV/AIDS information campaigns with adolescents in Kenya-- it was there I realized that epidemiology is the perfect marriage of my two loves, statistics and philosophy. (I also received a BA in philosophy from UCSB in '05-- in those days, the PSTAT and philosophy departments shared the same floor, which was super convenient!) I ended up doing a PhD in epidemiology and landing a great job as a biostatistician at a non-profit doing drug and alcohol research. I've also worked on a variety of interesting contracts, e.g., an information systems project in Liberia during the Ebola crisis in 2014-15 with USAID. I am so grateful for the foundation UCSB's PSTAT department helped me build!

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John Alltop

John Alltop

Mathematics B.S., 1990
Chief Actuary, CSAC Excess Insurance Authority

John Alltop is the Chief Actuary at the CSAC Excess Insurance Authority. John has 29 years of experience in the actuarial field, primarily in the casualty area. He brings extensive knowledge of insurance, underwriting, and claims operations to his work. He is a past member of the Casualty Actuarial Society, Reinsurance and Ratemaking Committees, and is a current member of the Reserving Committee. Before joining the EIA, John spent five years at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, two years at CalFarm Insurance Company and 15 years as the president of Bickmore’s Actuarial and Risk Management Consulting practices. Prior to his actuarial career, John wrote targeting software for the Navy’s first digital imaging Sidewinder missile.
John has a B.S. in Mathematics from UCSB and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

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Dustin Bingham

Dustin Bingham

Actuarial Science B.S., 2003
Corporate Finance, Sikorsky Aircraft

More than 16 years of experience in leading financial management across industries, combining analytical strength and knowledge with deep operational leadership, technical savvy and cross-functional management abilities. Extensive achievements within financial programs, managing campaigns, leading teams, generating revenue growth, controlling costs, and process efficiency development.

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Yu-Ting Cheng

Yu-Ting Cheng

Statistics B.S., 2006
BI Engineer, Car Plus

Continued on to grad school at UCSB as Statistic Major (unfinished) working at Cathay Century Property Insurance Company as actuarial related job for 4.5 years working at SFI as Tableau Presale and Consultant for 3 years currently working at Car Plus leasing Co as Tableau BI Engineer

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Leann Heng

Leann Heng

Financial Math and Statistics B.S., 2009
Compensation Consultant, Aon

Leann began her career in Human Resources upon graduating from undergrad at UCSB. After functioning as an HR Generalist for a few years, she returned to school to obtain an MBA from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA while maintaining her full-time job. After five years as an HR Generalist, Leann pivoted to a Compensation-specific role which spurred her career in the Compensation field. She has done in-house Compensation for several years and has recently transitioned to Compensation Consulting. She is based out of Los Angeles, CA and enjoys cooking, fitness (especially hiking), and traveling and is passionate about mentoring first-generation college students.

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Theo Iaponas

Theo Iaponas

Actuarial Science B.S., 2002
CEO Swiss Life Luxembourg, Swiss Life

I worked in life insurance and life reinsurance in Europe while completing my fellowship. At the completion of the fellowship, I obtained an MBA from University of Washington and since then I worked on non-traditional actuarial and management positions.

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Nancy Kim

Nancy Kim

Actuarial Science B.S., Applied Probability & Statistics M.A., 2006
Director, Data Science & Analytics, CJ Affiliate

I was fortunate enough to find an employer in Santa Barbara after graduating from UCSB. My degrees in stats as well as economics were a great foundation working in automotive consulting and forecasting. After 8+ years of automotive, I transitioned to affiliate marketing and began working with big data. I've had the privilege of building and working with an amazing team that blends consulting, business intelligence, and data science to provide our clients with industry-leading service. My experience would not have been possible without the education and mentorship I received at UCSB.

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Rick Kwan

Rick Kwan

Statistics with an Emphasis in Actuarial Science B.S., Economics/Mathematics B.A., 2008
Pension Actuary, M Benefit Solutions

Rick Kwan is a pension actuary based in Portland, Oregon. He has over a decade of experience in providing retirement consulting services to organizations of various sizes. Rick served as the 2007-2008 president of the organization formerly known as the UCSB Actuary Club. His graduation predates the Actuarial Science major, so he holds a less succinct Bachelor of Science in Statistical Science with an emphasis in Actuarial Statistics. Additionally, Rick volunteers on several SOA examination committees.

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Eugene Kwok

Eugene Kwok

Statistics B.S., Econ/Math B.A., 2000
Director of Business Intelligence, NBC Universal - Peacock

I got a masters in Economics right after UCSB. The Stat and Econ courses provided great analytical foundation for my career in business intelligence. I recently joined NBC to help launch the Peacock streaming service. It’s been fun and challenging at the same time, it’s like working at a little startup but with outsized visibility of a big corporation!

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Will Larson

Will Larson

Financial Math and Statistics B.S., 2007
Director of Data Engineering, LiveAnalytics, Ticketmaster

As an adolescent, I obsessively sought out the most entertaining local punk rock concerts. After graduating from UCSB, I worked for Warner Bros for a year but then was offered a job with my dream employer: Ticketmaster. The culture was a natural fit. I took a dozen computer science night classes at a community college during my first few years, which qualified me to transition into a data engineering position within an exciting new group called LiveAnalytics. That was in 2011, and my role has since grown with the department. Each day is different, challenging, and exciting. And I'm still looking for the best concerts, only I take a data-driven approach now.

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Andrew Mackenzie

Andrew Mackenzie

Statistical Science and Economics B.S. and B.A., 2013
Actuarial Consultant and Head of Product Development, Santa Barbara Actuaries

Andrew Mackenzie is an Actuarial Consultant and the head of Product Development at Santa Barbara Actuaries. His primary job responsibilities include consulting with healthcare providers, payers, researchers, and vendors on managed care finances, experiment design and analysis, program outcomes evaluation, risk assessment, and predictive models for identification and stratification. Andrew often serves as the primary day-to-day contact on many accounts and helps run project and product management for those accounts. During his time as a Chairman's Fellow at Willis Towers Watson, Andrew led the firm's research in consumer choice as it relates to medical plan benefits and private exchanges. He has written publications for The Institute of HealthCare Consumerism, Willis Towers Watson, and sections in the Society of Actuaries. Andrew has also spoken at CAJPA, the SOA, CPHCC, and the National Predictive Modeling Summit. Andrew's research focus is on behavioral economics, consumer choice, and models for enterprise risk management. He holds a BS and BA in Statistical Science and Economics from UCSB.

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Justin Molavi

Justin Molavi

Financial Math and Statistics B.S., 2007
Principal, Commercial Strategy, Genentech

Corporate and commercial strategy executive with expertise in commercial and promotional strategy, business development, operational improvement, post-merger integration, M&A analysis and integration and investment execution and management. Successfully built and sold a business while attending university.

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Mina Subbaraman

Meenakshi Sabina Subbaraman

Statistics B.S., 2005
Biostatistician, Director of Statistical and Data Services, Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute

I've wanted to be a statistician since I was a kid, so I went straight into a stats MS program after graduating from UCSB. Between the two years of my MS, I volunteered with an epidemiologist working on HIV/AIDS information campaigns with adolescents in Kenya-- it was there I realized that epidemiology is the perfect marriage of my two loves, statistics and philosophy. (I also received a BA in philosophy from UCSB in '05-- in those days, the PSTAT and philosophy departments shared the same floor, which was super convenient!) I ended up doing a PhD in epidemiology and landing a great job as a biostatistician at a non-profit doing drug and alcohol research. I've also worked on a variety of interesting contracts, e.g., an information systems project in Liberia during the Ebola crisis in 2014-15 with USAID. I am so grateful for the foundation UCSB's PSTAT department helped me build!

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