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Armstrong ’11 Named 2018 Latterell Visiting Alumnus

Author: 
Trina Vue ’19, Communications and Marketing
Publication date: 
October 4, 2018

The University of Minnesota Morris names Douglas Armstrong '11, data scientist at Securian Financial, the 2018 Latterell Visiting Alumnus. In addition to classroom visits, Armstrong will deliver the 2018 Latterell Visiting Alumni Lecture on Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. in Science 1020.

In his lecture, "From Forensics To Insurance: Making Decisions With Data," Armstrong will discuss some of the research he did while working toward his PhD, and how those experiences are helping him build an innovative, data-driven culture today.

About Armstrong

Armstrong holds a BA in statistics, with an area of concentration in sport management, from UMN Morris as well as a PhD in computational science and statistics from South Dakota State University (SDSU). He was awarded a National Institute of Justice fellowship in STEM during his time at SDSU, which funded his dissertation research on developing a new methodology for the quantification of high-dimensional pattern evidence.

Armstrong contributed to several cross-disciplinary research projects during his tenure at SDSU, seeing firsthand how data is used to enhance decision-making. He uses this experience to enhance objective decision-making, reproducible research, efficiency, and customer experience as a data scientist in the Actuarial Analytics Research Center of Excellence at Securian Financial.

About the Latterell Memorial Visiting Alumnus Program

Privately funded with gifts from alumni, faculty, staff, and Latterell friends and family, the Joseph J. Latterell Memorial Visiting Alumnus Program provides annual grants to disciplines within the Division of Science and Mathematics to invite alumni to campus to serve as resource persons for students and faculty.