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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

W.C. Morris Building, Room 222
Warrensburg, MO 64093
P:660-543-4930 F:660-543-8013
Dr. Xiaodong Yue, Department Chair


Dr. Jinhua (Jean) Tao
Professor of Actuarial Science, ASA

Actuarial Science and Statistics Program Coordinator

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison

Interest Areas: Actuarial Science, Statistics

Office: WCM 219
Voice: 660-543-8896
Fax: 660-543-8013
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Dr. Tao

Classes Regularly Taught
• Applied Statistics
• Probability Models
• Mathematics of Finance
• Life Contingencies
• Actuarial Models
• Actuarial Capstone Experiences

Teaching Experiences
Dr. Tao has been the coordinator of the actuarial science program at UCM since 1992. She has taught a variety of courses in actuarial science and statistics. In addition, she has 13-year experiences teaching the actuarial exam preparation courses and advising actuarial students. Most recently in the summer of 2004, she was a guest lecturer at the graduate school of the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing, China, delivering a summer short course in actuarial science.

Research Experiences
Dr. Tao has published research papers in the areas of Branching Random Walks, Risk Theory, and Statistical Sampling Theory. She has also directed graduate students’ master degree theses in the following areas: Risk Theory, Life Contingencies, Mathematics of Finance, Statistical Sampling Theory, and Pension Theory. Her current research interests are in the actuarial modeling of crop insurance and stochastic simulations.

Professional Experiences
Since achieving her associate certification from the Society of Actuaries in 1992, Dr. Tao regularly attends the KC Actuaries Club meetings and maintains a close relationship with the area actuarial employers. Her practical experiences include working as an actuarial consultant on a life insurance product and as a certification actuary on a number of crop insurance products. She also served as a referee for two professional journals.