AF Group, a Lansing-based insurance solutions provider, has partnered with Michigan State University’s Department of Statistics and Probability in East Lansing to offer a master’s level certificate in quantitative risk analytics exclusively to AF Group team members.
“The insurance industry is extremely important to the economy of the Lansing region, and we are honored to partner with MSU on this initiative,” says Jacob Geyer, vice president of AF specialty and business analytics and underwriting operations at Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America.
“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 began this fall and is conducted at AF Group’s Lansing headquarters and online. It includes four seven- or eight-week courses. The first full-year session will end May 2020.
“On a macro-level, we see this program expanding into additional areas of insurance, data science, and their overlap,” says Albert Cohen, director of program development for the Department of Statistics and Probability at MSU. “The interdisciplinary approach to learning data science is one that I continue to champion, and it is a pleasure to see it working so well in our partnership with AF Group.”
Companies within 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.