Matthew McMaster never shies away from a little adventure. He is a former high adventure backpacking camp counselor, but he made his biggest journey yet when he transferred from San Diego, all the way to MSOE. McMaster started his academic adventure in his home state of California but was in search of a university with small classes and a reputable actuarial science program.

After meeting a few professors and current students in the program during a visit to Milwaukee, McMaster knew MSOE was the place for him.

“Milwaukee seemed like such a fun city to live in—I was right,” said McMaster.

He is truly making the most of his time here. Majoring in actuarial science, he gets to combine his two favorite subjects—math and finance—to help solve problems that require deep statistical analysis but make a meaningful impact. Through the MSOE Math and Actuarial Science club, McMaster has been able to implement a senior capstone project with an actuarial consulting firm, as well as a new mentoring program within the club.

“My favorite thing about MSOE is the opportunities it has given me,” says McMaster. He and his MSOE team made history for the university when they placed third in the state last year at the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institution Research Challenge, an intercollegiate equity research competition. 

When McMaster is not making history for MSOE, leading people up mountains, or working on his senior capstone, he loves to play video and board games with his friend while also cheering for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team.

Though he loves MSOE and Milwaukee, he continues to hold close ties to his home state. McMaster created his own online, math tutoring business for students in California. For over six years, he has been tutoring students in person and online, as well as volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America as a Merit Badge Counselor. McMaster was excited to share that he was able to give back to MSOE by volunteering for the MSOE STEM Tech Merit Badge Day. “I love helping students in my community learn and grow!”

McMaster has an internship lined up at Allstate Corporate Headquarters in Illinois this summer. He hopes to continue there after his internship as an actuary in property and casualty insurance.

“I have received a great education as well as leadership skills and professional development,” says McMaster. “I've had the opportunities to take what I have learned here and apply it outside the classroom.”