Friday, August 24, 2012

Welcome Dr. Maduka Rupasinghe!

Dr. Maduka Rupasinghe (Dr. Ru) joined Ashland University as an assistant professor of Mathematics in August 2012.
He received his B.S. degree in Business, Finance and Computational Mathematics from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He went on to graduate school at the Missouri University of Science and Technology where he obtained his PhD in Mathematics with Statistics Emphasis.
His research interests lie in the areas of Statistics, especially, Time Series Analysis and Statistical consulting. Applications of bootstrap techniques in Time Series are his major research focus. As Statistics methodologies are applicable in many areas, he further offers a free Statistical Consulting service to the AU faculty and students.
His passion for Mathematical problem solving immensely facilitated him in pursuing his post graduate degree in Statistics with a GPA of 4.0/4.0.
Dr. Rupasinghe immigrated to the USA from Sri Lanka in 2007 to pursue his PhD. He has taught various Mathematics and Statistics classes from College Algebra to Applied Engineering Statistics and has won two teaching awards as a graduate teaching assistant at Missouri University of Science & Technology. He will be primarily teaching statistics classes, especially, Elementary Statistics, Intermediate Statistics, Probability and Mathematical Statistics at AU. He also plans to design new Statistics courses for the AU students.
Dr. Rupasinghe is here in Ashland with his wife, Hiroshi Abhayawickrama and his daughter, Chenuli Rupasinghe. His family is exciting about living in Ashland and this new adventure in their lives.  He enjoys working with friendly AU faculty, staff and students. He believes that the quiet environment in Ashland helps students have better concentration on their academics.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Actuarial Science Major, Candace Goodson, Passes Exam P

Candace Goodson has passed the Society of Actuaries’ Probability exam (Exam P). The exam tests the candidate’s knowledge of the fundamental probability tools for quantitatively assessing risk. Exam P is one of the exams required to achieve professional status as an actuary. Candace has already passed Exam FM (Financial Mathematics) and plans on taking either Exam MFE (Models for Financial Economics) or MLC (Models for Life Contingencies) this fall.
Actuaries are professionals who provide expert advice and relevant solutions for business and societal problems that involve economic risk. The actuarial profession is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 careers in the United States.

Candace transferred to Ashland University last fall. She is a senior majoring in Actuarial Science with a minor in Political Science. She plans on graduating in the spring and securing an internship or entry-level actuarial position. Having passed two exams, Candace is well on her way to become a certified actuary.

Candace credits her AU Mathematics of Statistics class and Dr. Christopher Swanson for helping her succeed in passing the exam.

For more information about the Actuarial Science program, contact Dr. Christopher Swanson, at or visit the website