Department of Mathematics Meet & Greet

When: Friday, 10/21/22, 2:00PM—5:00PM

Where: 232 PGH & Zoom 

Direct link to the video: TBA

What is the Meet and Greet?: This event is for all Undergraduate Math Majors, including Mathematical Biology, Math Graduate students, Departmental Faculty and Staff. The purpose of this social is to create a pleasant and comfortable environment among faculty and students. 

This Spring the Meet and Greet will be hybrid

This Information session is meant to introduce students to AIG's employment opportunities (full-time, part-time, internships), culture and involvement with our summer actuary camp. TeachHouston will discuss their (ACP) and how to apply to the program. Our Math Alumni Panel are students who have graduated from our undergraduate and graduate programs, wanting to share their experience beyond the degree.

The speakers will discuss the following:

  • Speaker Biographies:
    • Which steps were taken to acquire their current positions?
    • What was their process like and what was involved in their preparation to find a position?
    • Which opportunities did they take advantage of that proved invaluable during the application process.
    • Perspectives on “life beyond the degree”
  • Their roles at the company
  • What a typical day looks like
  • About us (goals, objectives, who they serve and what they represent)
  • Job/Internship overviews- opportunities/descriptions
  • Q & A Session

AIG Speakers:

  • Brandon Wright [Deputy Chief Finance Actuary - Life US @Corebridge Financial (formerly AIG Life & Retirement)]: Actuary with 20+ years of experience in the life insurance industry. In depth knowledge of various aspects of life insurance and annuities with special focus on life insurance products, valuation, and finance. Passionate about increasing diversity in the actuarial profession and other STEM fields. Specialties: Team leadership; navigating complex organizations; financial services software & computer programming; life insurance illustrations and quotes


  • Alexander Suyarov [ADP Actuarial Associate - Institutional Markets Pension Risk Transfer Pricing Team @Corebridge Financial (formerly AIG Life & Retirement)]: He received Mathematics, BA from UH in 2018. Alexander Suyarov began his career at Corebridge Financial (former AIG Life & Retirement) as an Intern in the summer of 2017 and then returned as a Full time Analyst in 2018. Within the ADP Rotational Program, he gained experience in the Institutional Markets Valuation, and PRT Pricing. Currently pursuing his SOA ASA credentials.


TeachHouston Mathematics Alumna - Danielle Brager, PhD (Business Intelligence Analyst at Nasdaq): Danielle Brager earned a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and is currently halfway through a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at NIST — but that’s not the career path she set out on initially. Nearly every step of her success has involved an element of personal discovery, plus the advice of good mentors who saw her talent and encouraged her development. To follow her journey please see here:


Panel Speakers:


Schedule (Tentative): 

(2:00—3:00 PM) Meet and Greet Luncheon/Cougar Mathletics Bake Sale

(3:10—3:40 PM) Corebridge Financial 

(3:45—4:05 PM) Math Alumni Panel Discussion 

(4:10—4:40 PM) TeachHouston (Virtual via Zoom)

(4:45—5:00 PM) Scholarship award recipients  & PME Induction Ceremony


Meet and Greet (AIG)

Meet and Greet (Willis Towers Watson) 

Meet & Greet Video 


Fall 2022 Scholarship recipients


   Charles P. Benner Scholarship       Nathan Acosta  
   Charles P. Benner Scholarship    Christian Montemayor  
   Charles P. Benner Scholarship    Randy Pham
   Blanche B. Grover Scholarship    Nidhi Gongati
   Blanche B. Grover Scholarship    Nyah Matthews  
   Blanche B. Grover Scholarship    Matthew Nolan
   Mathematics Education Scholarship      Theresa Pham


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Please see below for our FY 2023 PME Inductees:


  TBA    TBA    TBA  


Certificates (PDF) 

Spring 2022 Meet and Greet