Michael Brannon Instructor in Actuarial Science


B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Michael Brannon is an assistant vice president-reinsurance and a senior associate actuary at Great West Casualty Company in South Sioux City, Nebraska. He has taught actuarial science courses at Northwestern College since 2005.

Brannon is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he majored in mathematics and minored in actuarial science and English. He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), a Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS), an Associate of Reinsurance (ARe), an Associate of Insurance Management (AIM), and a Specialist in Transportation and Risk (STAR).

MAT430 - Actuarial Modeling: Life Contingent Risk Models

This course is an introduction to the study of contingent payment models. Topics include: economics of insurance, individual risk models, survival distributions and life tables, benefit reserves, multiple life functions, multiple decrement models and introductory loss models.Prerequisite: MAT416.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

MAT431 - Actuarial Modeling: Loss Models

This course concentrates on loss models. Topics include: frequency and severity, aggregate loss models, discrete and continuous time ruin models, construction of empirical models, parameter estimation, and model selection. Prerequisite: MAT316, with co-requisite MAT416. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department)

Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society

Member of the American Academy of Actuaries

Silver Creek Township Board

University Liaison for the Casualty Actuarial Society

Charter officer of the Central States Actuarial Forum (treasurer, 2000-04)

STAR course presenter for CT-100 and CT-500 - Experience Rating, Umbrellas, Reinsurance

Mentor to five Great West employees

United Way "Loaned Executive" for Great West, 2005

Presenter at the Casualty Ratemaking Seminar, 2001

Taught CPCU preparation courses, 2000, 2001, 2003