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What's coming up?

Our Events

We have many new and exciting events happening in the future. All of our events are a great way to get involved and network with others in the Society. Interested to see what we have coming up? See below for more details.


Student Mentorship Program

October 1st, 2017

The society-sponsored student mentorship program kicks off at the start of the fall semester, pairing younger meteorology students at Penn State with alumni in the weather and catastrophe risk management sector.

CAT Risk Management "Lunch & Learns"
Catastrophe Risk Management 101

October 17th: 12:00p - 1:30p ET

This first lunch and learn session of the three-part series will focus on what is means to manage catastrophe risk.  Speaker Brian Bastian and Kim Roberts, both meteorologists from JLT Re, will cover the fundamentals of natural catastrophes including where they occur, what companies do to mitigate that risk, the regulatory constraints and what can be accomplished with catastrophe models.

Understanding Catastrophe Models

November 8th: 12:00p - 1:30p ET

The second session will revisit what can be accomplished with catastrophe models and move into a discussion of the models vendors, the building blocks of catastrophe models, the output and modeling limitations.  In this session we will be joined by Mark Bove, meteorologist at Munich Re.

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Catastrophe Modeling for Managing Catastrophe Risk

December 13th: 12:00p - 1:30p ET

The final session of the three-part series, Wendy Hayes of Cincinnati Insurance Companies and Julie Serakos of BMS Group will revisit the output and limitations of catastrophe models, and discuss how that information can be used for underwriting/pricing new business, managing and optimizing a portfolio, improving risk selection and managing financial capacity.  

Dr. Nese's Professional Development Class

November 10, 2017

Our society will be providing a networking workshop for students of Dr. Nese's professional development class.  The workshop will organize students into smaller groups and paired with an alum to simulate a real networking atmosphere and provide students with an opportunity to as better questions and report on what they've learned.

Panel Discussion: Catastrophe Risk Management Changes & Trends + Cocktails & Networking

Date: TBD

While the date is to be determined, join us for a panel session capping the Catastrophe Risk Management "Lunch & Learn" series in State College for a discussion of changes and trends as well as a networking cocktail hour.