Project-based learning is at the heart of WPI’s educational philosophy. Across your four years here you'll be expected to work on projects of all sizes and in many areas, from pure math to applied math, as well as social science and the humanities. WPI students find that project work transforms the way they think and helps them to tackle almost any challenge systematically.
WPI's Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.
Projects are especially important in Actuarial Mathematics, as they enable students to solve real problems faced by professional actuaries. Our students regularly complete their senior capstone projects in collaboration with sponsors including major insurance companies, financial services firms, and banks. Some past topics:
- Establishing proper reserves for disability income insurance
- Determining price optimization for automobile insurance
- Building an economic scenario generator
- Modeling consumer behavior with universal life insurance policies