Actuarial Science Office

The actuarial science program at Illinois is dedicated to facilitating the success of its students in all areas of development during their enrollment in the program. The actuarial science office is available to assist students in several areas of development:

  • Course Selection and Planning
  • Areas of Concentration
  • Degree Requirements
  • Professional Exams
  • Career Services
  • Campus Support
  • Various Administration Requirements

Please see the Office Hours section below for how to schedule an appointment with advising.

Actuarial Science Administrative Team

Runhuan Feng, FSA, CERA, PhD

Dr. Runhuan Feng is a Professor of Mathematics, Statistics, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering. He is currently the Chair of Education and Research Council of the Society of Actuaries. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst.

Claudia Freiji, ASA, PhD

Claudia Freiji is an instructor of actuarial science and risk management at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She is also the coordinator of the Illinois Risk Lab (iRisk Lab) and an advisor for actuarial science students. Claudia teaches courses in Life Contingencies and Risk Management. She is an Associate in the Society of Actuaries and holds two MS degrees, one in Applied Statistics from Ohio State University and another in Financial Economics from the University of London. Prior to that, she served for 20 years as the Actuarial Science academic advisor at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon.

Office Hours

Actuarial Science Offices

The actuarial science office is located at the Computing Applications Building, Room 264. Our email is Please see the relevant section below to set up an appointment.

Undergraduate Academic Advising

Undergraduate academic advising questions can be sent to making sure to include your name, 9-digit UIN, your NetID, and your questions.

Graduate Academic Advising

Claudia Freiji is available for graduate academic advising. Questions can be sent to making sure to include your name, 9-digit UIN, your NetID, and your questions. Appointments can be made by emailing

Illinois Risk Lab (iRisk Lab)

For any questions about opportunities in the iRisk Lab, contact Claudia Freiji. Claudia can be reached via Zoom or e-mail at

For general inquiries about the actuarial science program, you can e-mail

CPT Training and OPT Training

Curriculum Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) are of interest to students with an F-1 status. It is important to make the distinction between these two options when considering your personal circumstances and your current F-1 status.

For approvals and support on CPT/OPT applications please email Claudia Freiji (

We recommend that any other questions related to either CPT or OPT be sent to the ISSS directly at

Curriculum Practical Training (CPT)

Curriculum Practical Training is applicable in situations where F-1 students are seeking temporary, off-campus employment. More information on CPT can be found at the following link:

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training is applicable in situations where F-1 students are seeking employment in the United States for a year following the completion of their studies. More information on OPT can be found at the following link:

Actuarial Science Blog

We invite you to check out our blog for the latest updates in the actuarial science community.