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Environmental Sciences Seminar Abstract            

  The Merger of Science and Business: Being a Meteorologist in Corporate America
Megan Linkin
Swiss Re

The insurance and financial industries offer extensive opportunities for scientists to apply their technical knowledge to an array of business transactions. Catastrophe model development, weather risk analysis and insurance-linked security (ILS) structuring are just a few of the industry specialties that companies hire scientists to focus on.

Having an understanding of what the hazard is, be it hurricane, earthquake, tornado or flood, and how the exposed structures will respond, enables scientists to build the most accurate tools to estimate damages, expected losses and risk premium costs. Since 2008, I am one of the scientists that builds these tools and performs risk analysis for companies in the insurance industry.

My career is a certainly different to the career I envisioned for myself while pursuing my undergraduate degree at Rutgers, however, I am happy with the path I have chosen. My decision to move into the private sector and corporate America has allowed me to apply my skills and knowledge in unique and challenging ways and become well-versed in business, economic and insurance fundamentals and concepts.

Last updated: 05/02/2011