Alexander S.

Senior, BS in Actuarial Mathematics & Computer Science

Alex’s active college life showcases students’ ability to balance WPI’s rigorous curriculum while still exploring their unique personal interests; he studies both Actuarial Math and Computer Science, and is an avid filmmaker and active WPI Greek life member.

During his freshman year, he entered and won 1st place in a Career Development Center video contest. His sophomore year, he entered the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle sustainability video contest and took 2nd place. He’s also involved in fun activities all over campus, such as choreographing and performing dance routines with his Sigma Pi brothers in the Greek Week Talent Show, where they won 1st place his sophomore year and 2nd place his junior year. 

Alexander Shoop

New Haven, CT

Faculty Mentor

Jon Abraham, Professor of Practice, Mathematical Science, and Alexander’s faculty advisor

  • Participating in an IQP in Worcester, England, about people's energy consumption and energy saving behaviors
  • Becoming a Sigma Pi brother as a sophomore, which developed confidence
  • Winning 1st place in a Career Development Center video contest freshman year
  • Sigma Pi Fraternity
  • President of the Japanese Culture Club
  • Actuarial Math Club
  • Video/filmmaking
  • Working out 
7 am

Wake up early and grab breakfast from the Dunkin Donuts in the Campus Center – I always get the same thing, so they always see me coming!

12 pm

I work at the Library’s Information Technology Services Helpdesk, assisting students, faculty, and staff with their email accounts, computer questions, etc.

2 pm

Time to put in some hour studying for my Actuary Exam – the department’s curriculum is set up to prepare you for the first two Society of Actuaries (SoA) examinations.


7 pm

At the end of a busy day, I head back to my apartment in the evening for dinner and relaxation.

Working on projects with teammates who have diverse academic and cultural backgrounds has been really worthwhile and helped me practice focusing on a goal with others.
During freshman year, make a lot of friends and participate in a lot of clubs. You’ll have a lot more free time than you will in later years, so go outside and do as much as possible.
My IQP was over the summer of 2014 in Worcester, England – we worked to understand and survey a local neighborhood about people's energy consumption and energy saving behaviors.
The project-experience and intense term-style classes truly shape WPI graduates to take on anything in the real world.