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Tom P. Edwalds

  • Senior Instructor and Executive Director of Arditti Center for Risk Management
  • Department of Finance
  • 312-362-8826
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  • ​1 E. Jackson Blvd.
    DePaul Center 5500 
    Chicago, IL 60604

Academic Degrees

BS and MS, Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago


Tom Edwalds is a senior instructor and the executive director of the Fred Arditti Center for Risk Management at DePaul. He came to DePaul in 2014 with 36 years of diverse and substantive experience in the insurance industry. He previously held the position of assistant vice president for Biometric Research for Munich Re. Prior to joining Munich Re in 2001, Tom spent seven years as the senior research actuary for the Society of Actuaries. Previous positions include actuarial valuation manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and actuarial software developer for PolySystems. He began his career at CNA where he gained experience with commercial liability, workers comp, and private passenger auto insurance. He is a recognized leader in the actuarial profession, currently serving on Society of Actuaries committees including the Committee on Life Insurance Research, the Committee on Living to 100 Research Symposia, the 2015 Valuation Basic Table Development Team, the Reinsurance Section Research Team, the Education and Research Section Council, the Research Communications Oversight Group, and the Committee on Knowledge Extension Research. He is also the president of the Chicago Actuarial Association. He was recognized for a decade of leadership in Society of Actuaries research initiatives with an Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2011. Tom’s research interests and expertise include mortality risk, longevity risk, and extreme event risk. He holds both BS and MS degrees in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.