Michigan State, AF Group Partner on Master’s Certificate in Quantitative Risk Analytics

December 2, 2019

Lansing, Mich.-based AF Group and Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Statistics and Probability have teamed up to offer a master’s-level certificate in Quantitative Risk Analytics exclusively to AF Group teammates.

The partnership was formed through the collaborative efforts of Jacob Geyer, vice president of AF Specialty and Business Analytics & Underwriting Operations at Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America and Dr. Albert Cohen, director of Program Development for the Department of Statistics and Probability at MSU.

“The insurance industry is extremely important to the economy of the Lansing region and we are honored to partner with MSU on this initiative,” Geyer said in a media release. “The 15 AF Group teammates enrolled in the first year of the program are sharpening their linear algebra and statistics skills, enabling them to analyze techniques and algorithms in machine learning. The class participants will be able to work with complex company data using the analytics and quantitative tools learned throughout the coursework. We are off to a great start and we’re excited to see the program grow in the years ahead.”

The program will likely expand into “additional areas of insurance, data science and their overlap,” according to Dr. Cohen.

The program, which began this fall, is conducted at AF Group’s Lansing headquarters and online. It includes four seven- to eight-week courses. The first full-year session concludes in May 2020.

Members of the AF Group include Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America, Accident Fund National Insurance Co., Accident Fund General Insurance Co., United Wisconsin Insurance Co., Third Coast Insurance Co. and CompWest Insurance Co.

Source: AF Group; Accident Fund Insurance Company of America

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