Graduate Students

Some Publications with Graduate Students

Master Degree Students

1. Bradley Dyer
Thesis Title: Optimal Triangulation Algorithm and MatLab Implementation
Graduation Date: May 1999.
Publication: Bradley Dyer and Don Hong, An algorithm for optimal triangulations on $C^1$ quartic spline approximation and MatLab implementation, J. of Computational Analysis and Applications 5(2003), 25--43.
First Job: Instructor, Department of Math and Computer Sciences, Hazard Community College, Hazard, KY.
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Math and Computer Sciences, Hazard Community College, Hazard, KY.

2. Yuchun (Anna) Mu
Thesis Title: Wavelets Construction over Triangulations
Graduate Date: August 1999.
Publication: Don Hong and Yuchun Anna Mu, On construction of minimum supported piecewise linear prewavelets over triangulations, In: " Wavelets and Multiresolution Methods," (T.X. He ed.), pp. 181--201, Marcel Decker Pub., New York, 2000.
First Job: Actuary, The St Paul Companies, Inc. 385 Washington Street St. Paul, MN 55102-9947.
Current Position: Actuary, Nationwide companies, property and casualty, Columbus, OH. Email: muy@nationwide.com . FCAS, 2007

3. Hao Gu
Thesis Title: Wavelet Applications in Image Compression (MS in Computer Sciences, co-supervised with Martin Barrett)
Graduate Date: May, 2000.
Publication: Hao Gu, Don Hong , and M. Barrett, On still image compression, J. of Computational Analysis and Applications 5(2003), 45--75.
First Job: Software Engineer, Firstlogic, Inc. , Raleigh, NC.
Current Position: Lead Engineer - Software, PQSO Software Group, Eaton Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA. Email: HaoGu@eaton.com

4. Renee Ferguson
Thesis Title: On Airline Revenue Optimization Problems (MS in Math)
Graduate Date: December 2000.
Publication: Renee Ferguson and Don Hong , On airline revenue optimization problems, J. Concrete and Applicable Math, 5 (2007), 153-167.
First Job and Current Position: Actuary, Office of the Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration, Baltimore, MD.
Email: B.Renee.Ferguson@ssa.gov
Current Position: Statistician, Office of Program Development and Research, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, SSA, Baltimore, MD.

5. Andrew Sell
Thesis Title: A Punt Returner Location Problem in a Directionalizing Strategy (MS in Math, co-chaired with James Boland)
Graduate Date: December 2000.
First Job: Actuary, Merastar Insurance Company, PO Box 181101, Chattanooga, TN 37414-5336.
Current Position: Product Manager, Northeast Region Kemper Auto and Home, Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Email: wsell@kahg.com

6. Lesley B. Reece
Thesis Title: On Random Rates of Interest
Graduate Date: May 2001.
First Job and Current Position: Actuary, Social Security Administration, Room 700 Altmeyer, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235.
Email: Lesley Reece

7. Rusell Mawk
Thesis Title: On Spline Applications to Statistics (MS in Math, co-chaired with Robert Price)
Graduate Date: May 2001.
First Job and Current Position: Actuary, Merastar Insurance Company, PO Box 181101, Chattanooga, TN 37414-5336.
Current Position: Actuary, First Acceptance Insurance Co Inc., Nashville, TN. Email: Rusty Mawk

8. Panrong Xiao
Thesis Title: Image compression using (bi-)orthogonal (spline) wavelets (MS in CS, co-chaired with Martin Barrett)
Graduate Date: May 2001.
Publication: Don Hong, Martin Barrett, and Panrong Xiao, Biorthogonal Spline Wavelets and EZW Coding for Image Compression, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Vol. 299 (Tarn, Tzyh-Jong; Chen, Shan-Ben; Zhou, Changjiu (Eds.)) , Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2004, pp.281--303.
First Job: Actuarial Analyst/DB Administrator, Lorraine Dorsa & Associates, Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Email: Panrong Xiao

9. Jiansheng Cao
Thesis Title: Construction of smooth wavelets over triangulations.
Graduate Date: August 2002.
Publication: Jiansheng Cao, Don Hong, and Wenjun Huang, Construction of Small Support Piecewise Linear Prewavelets over Type-2 Triangulations, In: Splines and Wavelets: Athens 2005 (G.R. Chen and M.J. Lai Eds.), pp. 105-122, Nashboro Press, Brentwood, 2006.
First Job: actuarial analyst/DB-Administrator, Lorraine Dorsa & Associates, Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Current Position: Pension Actuary, Pension Services, Inc., Miami, FL.
Current Position: Actuary at Pension Services, Inc., Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area Email: Jiansheng Cao

10. Qingbo Xue
Thesis Title: On bivariate piecewise linear wavelets over arbitrary triangulations.
Graduate Date: August 2002.
Publication: Don Hong and Qingbo Xue, Construction of Piecewise Linear Prewavelets over Regular Triangulations, Journal of Concrete and Applicable Mathematics, 4 (2006), 451-471.
First Job: Ph.D. Student, Department of Mathematics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Current Position: Pension Actuary, The Nolan Company, Kansas City, KS.
Email: Qingbo Xue

11. Xiaoyu Mu
Thesis Title: Ruin probabilities with dependent force of interest.
Graduate Date: August 2003.
First Job: Teaching Assistant (Ph.D. Student), Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
Email: Xiaoyu Mu or xmu@utk.edu

12. Yong Chen
Thesis Title: Logspline Density Estimation with an Application to Survival Data of Lung Cancer Patients
Graduate Date: August 2004.
First Job: Teaching Assistant, Department of Statistics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.
Current Position: Graduate Assistant, Quantitative and Computational Finance Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332.
Email: Yong Chen or yong.chen@gatech.edu

13. Shuo Chen
Thesis Title: Clustering Analysis of MALDI-TOF MS Data from Lung Cancer Patients
Graduate Date: December 2004.
Publication: Shuo Chen, Don Hong, and Yu Shyr, Wavelet-Based Procedures for Proteomic MS Data Processing, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 52 (2007), 211-220.

First Job: Bioinformatics Systems Engineer, Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Email: Shuo Chen

14. Xingchen Yuan
Thesis Title: Survival Model and Estimation for Lung Cancer Patients
Graduate Date: May 2005.
Publication: Xingchen Yuan, Don Hong, and Yu Shyr, Survival Model and Estimation for Lung Cancer Patients, In: Quantitative Medical Data Analysis Using Math Tools and Statistical Techniques, pp. 201-222, World Scientific Publications, LLC., Singapore, 2007.
First Job: Engineer II, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), Chicago, IL.
Email: Xingchen Yuan

15. Kazem Karimi
Graduate Date: December 2007.
First Job: Actuary, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN.
Email: Kazem Karimi

16. Linda Chang
Graduate Date: May 2008.
Current Position: Associates at Bank of China, New York Branch. Email: Linda Chang

17. Adam Niblett
Graduate Date: December 2008.
Current Position: Math Instructor, Northeast Alabama Community College, Rainsville, Alabama. Email: Adam Niblett

18. Fengqing Zhang
Thesis Title: Multivariate Analysis Methods for IMS Data Biomarker Selection and Classification
Graduate Date: May 2010 .
Publication: D. Hong and F.Q. Zhang, Weighted Elastic-Net Model and Applications, Journal of Mathematical Modeling of Natural Phenomena, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2010, pp. 115-133.
First Job: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Statistics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Email: Zoe Zhang
2011 CSGS Master's Thesis Award Recipient
Current Job: Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, Drexel University

19. Rong Lu
Thesis Title: Optimal Weighted FBAT-Wilcoxon Test for Time-to-onset Analysis of Alzheimer's Disease
Graduate Date: May 2011 .
First Job: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Biostatistics,Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
Email: Rong Lu

20. John Ihrie
Project Title: USING WEB-BASED DATA MINING TOOLS TO EXPLORE SIMILARITIES AMONG DIFFERENT GENETIC PROGNOSIS PREDICTORS OF COLON CANCER
Graduate Date: May 2011.
First Job: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
Email: John Ihrie
Current Position: Fellowship at the FDA, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

21. MSPS 2011 Actuarial Graduate: Kyle W. Crump

22. MSPS 2012 Actuarial Graduates: Brent Osantowski, Bruce Williams, Harold D. Tuthill

23. MS in Math 2012 Actuarial Graduate: Yingwei Li

24. MSPS 2013 Actuarial Graduates: Brandon T. Samson, Wilhelmina Dabrah, Min Li, Yu-Cheng Lin, Ying Peng, Caleb Shimberg Lianlian Zhou, Mengjia Zhou

25. MS in Math 2013 Actuarial Graduate: Taotao Ding, Safder Khan, Jianxin Yang, Houston Higgs

26. Le Yin
MS Thesis/Project: Trend Analysis Methods and Algorithms
Graduate Date: May 2014.
Email: Le Yin

27. Menghan (Sarah) Lin Graduate Date: May 2014. Email: Sarah Lin

28. Ye Ye
MS Thesis/Project: Tail Conditional Expectations for Extended Exponential Dispersion Models
Graduate Date: May 2014.
Email: Ye Ye

29. MSPS 2014 Actuarial Graduates: Cliff W. Bowman,Lauren Chrisman, Ryan Farar, Dimple Mirpuri, Wuyan Li, Ningyuan Liang, Chuanlun Liu, Gabriel Owiredu-Boateng, James F. Walls, Alemayehu Z. Wolde, Yini Yu, Lucy Zhang, Tian Zhang.

30. MSPS 2015 Actuarial Graduates: Adam French, Brent Carpenetti, Andy Grifin, Kimberly N. Page, Zixun Qin, Dylan E. Royal, Jennifer M. Seat

Ph. D. Degree Students

1. Lu (Gary) Xiong
Ph.D. Dissertation: TBA
Graduate Date: December 2014 (expected).
Email: Lu Xiong

2. Jingsai Liang
Ph.D. Dissertation: TBA
Graduate Date: May 2016 (expected).
Email: Jingsai Liang

3. Xin Yang
Ph.D. Dissertation: TBA
Graduate Date: May 2016 (expected).
Email: Xin Yang

Former Actuarial Students

1. Huiping Zou, Actuary at Qianhai Life Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

2. Ivan Loi, Actuary at Macau Finance Centre

3. Myron Beachy, Assistant Product Manager at Hallmark Personal Lines at Hallmark Insurance Company

4. Caleb Shimberg, Actuarial Analyst I at Lincoln Financial Group Greensboro, North Carolina

5. Armin Orucevic, Efficiency Analyst Intern at UT Medical Center

6. Cliff Bowman, Officer Candidate at US Army Shelbyville, Tennessee

7. Marietta Bigus, Data Analyst at AdOn Network San Francisco Bay Area

8. Caroline Brewington, Marketing & Customer Service at E. Sam Jones Distributor Nashville, Tennessee

9. Prudence Leung, FRM Manager, Distribution Development & Support at HSBC

10. Cheng Li, internship at CSOP Asset Management Greater Pittsburgh Area

11. Kazem Karimi, Director, Pricing Actuary at Nippon Life Benefits New York, New York

12. Benvictor Sang, Senior Data Analyst at Caterpillar Inc. Greater Nashville Area

13. Teresa Walls, FirstSTEP Coordinator at Middle Tennessee State University Greater Nashville Area

14. Zol Hooper, Operations Data Analyst at Alliance Bernstein Greater New York City Area

15. Andrew Sell, Director of Product Management at IAT Group Cary, North Carolina

16. Anna Mu, Actuarial Research Analytics Director at Nationwide Insurance Columbus, Ohio Area

17. Russell Mawk, Actuarial Analyst at First Acceptance Corporation Greater Nashville Area

18. Junkai Xu , Senior Actuarial Analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance Greater Boston Area

19. Bruce Williams , Business Development Analyst at VGT Greater Nashville Area

20. Linda Chang , Associates at Bank of China, New York Branch New York, New York

21. Dmitry Terekhov , Senior Actuarial Analyst at Towers Watson Atlanta, Georgia

22. Brent Osantowski , Actuarial Analyst at Humana Greater Nashville Area

23. Matthew Beech , Underwriting Analyst at Humana Louisville, Kentucky Area

24. yingwei li, administrative assistant at hebei nature gas co. ltd.