Faculty & Staff

Tim Cardinal, FSA, MAAA, CERA, MBA
Tim Cardinal

Tim Cardinal is an instructor of actuarial science and risk management at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Tim currently teaches courses such as Theory of Interest and he is also a Principal at Cardinalis 1 Consulting, which is a boutique consultant on PBR and GAAP LDTI implementations and peer reviews. He has 30 years of experience in the life insurance industry. Tim received a B.S. in 1987 and an M.S in 1991 in mathematics from the University of Illinois.

Paa Kow Cole
Paa Cole

Paa Cole is an instructor of actuarial science and risk management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Paa teaches courses in Life Contingencies and Theory of Interest.

Runhuan Feng, PhD, FSA, CERA
Runhuan Feng

Dr. Runhuan Feng is a Professor of Mathematics, Statistics, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering. He is currently the Chair of Education and Research Council of the Society of Actuaries. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst.

Claudia Freiji, MSc, ASA
Claudia Freiji

Claudia Freiji is an instructor of actuarial science and risk management at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is also the coordinator of the Illinois Risk Lab (iRisk Lab) and an advisor for actuarial science students. Claudia teaches courses in Life Contingencies and Risk Management. She is an Associate in the Society of Actuaries and holds two MS degrees, one in Applied Statistics from Ohio State University and another in Financial Economics from the University of London. Prior to that, she served for 20 years as the Actuarial Science academic advisor at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon.

Xiaochen Jing, PhD
Xiaochen Jing

Dr. Xiaochen Jing is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Xiaochen teaches courses in Risk Modeling and Analysis and in Predictive Analytics. He holds a PhD. in Actuarial Science, Risk Management, and Insurance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Frank Quan, PhD
Frank Quan

Dr. Zhiyu (Frank) Quan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a Ph.D. in Actuarial Science from the University of Connecticut. He is also a faculty advisor for the Illinois Risk Lab, which facilitates research activities that integrate academic training with practical problem-solving in real business settings.

Paul Serafini, FSA, FCIA, LLQP
Paul Serafini

Paul Serafini is an academic program specialist in actuarial science in the Department of Mathematics at UIUC. Paul is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario and holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics, Actuarial Science Major with a Minor in Statistics. Paul also holds a life insurance license and has previously held a mutual fund license.

Richard Sowers, PhD
Richard Sowers

Dr. Richard Sowers is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He teaches courses in Financial Mathematics. Dr. Sowers also has affiliations as a professor in Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, Statistics, Biomedical and Translational Sciences, the Center for Digital Agriculture, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He holds a Ph.D.in Applied Mathematics from the University of Maryland at College Park.