The Department of Mathematical Sciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Steve Guo to the Ball State faculty. Dr. Guo is glad to be back in Indiana after several years away pursuing his doctorate at Georgia State University and serving as a visiting Assistant Professor at UC Santa Barbara. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Purdue University, which is located in West Lafayette, Indiana so returning to Indiana via Muncie feels like a stateside homecoming. Although, his true hometown is Fuzhou, Fujian, China.

Ball State particularly appealed to him, as it is one of the few universities in the nation that offers both undergraduate and graduate education in actuarial science, his specialty. Chirp, chirp! Dr. Guo first became interested in actuarial science through an undergraduate course in mathematical finance and Purdue’s actuarial science club. “I got hooked,” he says. “I switched my major that year. I knew I would like to do teaching and research in this field.” Since his undergraduate days when his interest was piqued, Dr. Guo has narrowed his research focus to risks and pricing on general insurance, aggregate mortality trends, and application of statistical learning techniques on traditional actuarial science and insurance problems.

During this next year, Dr. Guo has several specific goals. He aspires to hone his teaching by developing online materials for his two core actuarial science courses. He is looks forward to getting to know the undergraduate majors through these courses. In research, he plans to develop a new research project with colleagues in the department, and looks forward to that collaboration. He also hopes to serve in departmental committees and continue external professional services such as working as a scholarly journal referee.

In his free time, Dr. Guo enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, running, and biking.


Welcome to Ball State, Dr. Guo. We’re thrilled to have you back in Indiana!


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