Major Qualifying Projects

Listed below are previous MQP’s that our students have completed

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Title: Performing Binary Classification of Contest Profitability
Authors: Sean Brady, Jackson Perry, Jonathan Venne, Saul Woolf
Industrial Sponsor: DraftKings
Faculty Advisors:
Prof. Randy Paffenroth (MA/CS), Prof. Rick Brown (ECE), Prof. Jeanine Skorinko (PSY)

TitleSupplier Onboarding and Vendor Digital Identity for State Street Corporation Global Services’ Procurement Operation
Authors: Mikala Dunbar, Lisandra Lao
Industrial Sponsor: State Street Corporation
Faculty Advisors: 
Marcela Blais, Kevin Sweeney, Stephan Sturm, Michael Ciaraldi (CS)



TitleCalibration of an Optimal Bidding Model for the Mobile Advertisement Market
Authors: Laura Antul, Anastasiia Parkhomenko
Industrial Sponsor:  Chitika, Inc./Cidewalk, Inc. (Westborough,MA)
Faculty Advisors:
Marcel Blais, Stephan Sturm

TitleClaim Severity Indications via Publicly Available Data
Authors:Elizabeth Beazley, Katherine Curran, Anton Libsch, Robert Ronacher
Industrial Sponsor:  Hanover Insurance Group
Faculty Advisors:
Jon Abraham, Barry Posterro

TitleProjecting the Ultimate Loss of Catastrophic Events
Authors:Elizabeth Hansen, Amber Munderville, Mike Sullivan, Tyler Turchiarelli
Industrial Sponsor:  Hanover Insurance Group
Faculty Advisors:
Jon Abraham, Barry Posterro

 



MQP 2013-2015

Title: Indexed Universal Life
Authors: Hairan Li, Andrew St. Jean, Sergey Tsitlenko
Industrial Sponsor:  John Hancock
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: Modeling-Based Scale-Up of Reactors in Microwave-Assisted Chemistry
Authors: Andrew Holmes
Industrial Sponsor:  SAIREM SAS
Faculty Advisors: 
Vadim Yakovlev
Title: Projecting Key Statistics for Fantasy Football
Authors: Andrew Nersessian, Alex Presnal
Industrial Sponsor:  Advanced Sports Logic
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: Identifying Policy Characteristics Leading to Benefit Exhaustion
Authors: Alan Alezker, Kaitlyn Labbay, Laurel Pytko, Danielle Spector
Industrial Sponsor:  Genworth Financial
Faculty Advisors:
 Jon Abraham
Title: Optimal Bid Pacing for Online Ad Impression Vickrey Auction markets
Authors:Youwei Hu, Jeremy Macalu
Industrial Sponsor: Chitika Inc. 
Faculty Advisors: 
Marcel Blais, Stephan Sturm
Title: A Comparison of OLAP and Coherence Large Scale Aggregations
Authors: Kimberley Tate, Jiahui Li, Lili Zhang, Xinyue Zhong
Industrial Sponsor:  BNP Paribas
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Kevin Sweeny (MG), Arthur Gerstenfeld (MG), Xinming Huang (EE)
Title: Liability Driven Investing – Investment Process
Authors: Qiao Li, Tianhai Chang, Saad Riaz
Industrial Sponsor:  JP Morgan
Faculty Advisors:
Jon Abraham, Kevin Sweeny (MG), Arthur Gerstenfeld (MG), Xinming Huang (EE)
Title: JPMorgan Web Service Registry
Authors: Heather Jones, John Bosworth, Ibraeim Bukhamsin, Arin Kulvanit, Jordan Wetzel
Industrial Sponsor: JP Morgan 
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Kevin Sweeny (MG), Arthur Gerstenfeld (MG), Micha Hofri (CS), Xinming Huang (EE)


MQP 2010-2012

Title: Worker’s Compensation
Authors: Joshua Davis, Steven Ditullio, Nicholas Vine, Thomas Whiting
Industrial Sponsor:  The Hanover Insurance Group
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: Predicting Policyholder Behavior and Benefit Utilization: An Analysis on Long-Term Care Insurance
Authors: Jie Bai, Ashleigh Smeal, Heather Standring, Xinyi Zhang
Industrial Sponsor: Ability Resources, Inc.
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Helen Vassallo (MG)
Title: Analysis of Fund Mapping Techniques for Variable Annuities
Authors: Grant Fredricks, Erin Ingalls, Angela McAlister
Industrial Sponsor: Towers Perrin
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: Information Sharing at Bank of America
Authors: Marco Angulo, Burcu Bora, Kimberly Gallagher, Chao Zhang
Industrial Sponsor: Bank of America
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Daniel Dougherty (CS), Arthur Gerstenfeld (MG)
Title: Humanoid Robotic Programming A Study in Artificial Intelligence
Authors: Neil Nanisetty, Wade Mitchell-Evans, Erik Fajardo, Joseph Schlesinger
Industrial Sponsor:  Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Yiming Rong (ME)
Title: Unum Long Term Disability Insurance Study
Authors: Sarah Johnson, Joel Reed, Damian Skwierczynski, Lindsay Spencer
Industrial Sponsor: Unum
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Paul Davis
Title: Alumni Donations: An Analysis of the W.P.I. Contribution Trend
Authors: Lindsay Brown, Shanna Infantino, Minh Le, Karen Teague
Industrial Sponsor: WPI Alumni Office   
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: Portfolio Optimization of Credit Line Utilization
Authors: Yutong Qin, Silvia Casado
Industrial Sponsor:  Royal Bank of Scotland
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Arthur Gerstenfeld (MG)
Title: Simulating Tracking Error in Variable Annuities
Authors: Ian Cahill, Elizabeth Dailey, Blake Kelly, Charlotte McDonnell
Industrial Sponsor: Towers Watson
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: BNP Equity Smart Order Router
Authors: Xiaoyun Wang, Huan Tu Lai
Industrial Sponsor:  BNP Paribas
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Daniel Dougherty (CS)
Title: Numerical Investigation for Variable Universal Life
Authors: Maarja-Liisa Sokk, Han Yang
Industrial Sponsor: John Hancock
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: Pigskin Party: A Statistical Analysis on Fantasy Football and “The Machine”
Authors: Mark Johnston, Ari Lathrop, Nicholas Mondor
Industrial Sponsor: Advanced Sports Logic
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: Predictive Loss Ratio Modeling with credit scores, for insurance purposes
Authors: Corey Alfieri, Taylor Ketterer, Ricardo Obasare, Kyaw Thiha
Industrial Sponsor: Hanover Insurance Group
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: BNP Paribas: Enterprise Architecture
Authors:  Joseph Servi
Industrial Sponsor: BNP Paribas
Faculty Advisors:
 Jon Abraham, Daniel Dougherty (CS)
Title: Tactical Data Management
Authors: Christopher Pryor
Industrial Sponsor:  BNP Paribas
Faculty Advisors:
 Jon Abraham, Arthur Gerstenfeld (MG)
Title: Global Credit Products Volume and Market Share Reporting
Authors: Hui Cheng, Lauren Moloney
Industrial Sponsor: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Tsung-Yi Wang (MG)
Title: A Process for Analyzing Change and Its Application to Commercial Truck Insurance
Authors: Alana Aubin, Benjamin Blakeslee, Monique Cote, Ryan Landry
Industrial Sponsor: Travelers Insurance
Faculty Advisors:
Jon Abraham
Title: Evaluating the Robustness and Feasibility of Integer Programming and Dynamic Programming in Aircraft Sequencing Optimization
Authors:  Julia Baum, William Hawkins
Industrial Sponsor: MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, George Heineman (CS)


Title: Sampling Strategies for Error Rate Estimation and Quality Control
Authors: 
Nicholas Facchiano, Ashley Kingman, Amanda Olore, David Zuniga
Industrial Sponsor: 
John Hancock
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Jayson Wilbur
Title: Price Optimization and Revenue Maximization
Authors: 
Fernando Olloqui, Daniel Ossa, Esteban Paez
Industrial Sponsor: 
Tillinghast
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: Methods of Forecasting Future Losses
Authors: 
Haiying Liu, Aryeh Shatz, Mingzhu (Julia) Zheng
Industrial Sponsor: 
The Hanover Insurance Group
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: Demographic Assumptions
Authors: 
Theresa Cheng, Ben Gilde, Charlotte Paige McAuliffe
Industrial Sponsor:
 Hewitt Associates
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: Analyzing Trends in Loss Frequency and Severity
Authors: 
Ethan Brown, Norman Lam
Industrial Sponsor: 
The Hanover Insurance Group
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham
Title: Multiple Target Tracking
Authors: 
Matthew Connor, Kathleen Haas, Alexander Volfson
Industrial Sponsor: 
Lincoln Laboratory
Faculty Advisors:
 Jon Abraham, Ted Clancy (ECE)
Title: Credit Default Swap and Asset Swap Pricing Models
Authors: 
Russell Yang Gao
Industrial Sponsor: 
Bank of America (London Office)
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Arthur Gerstenfeld (MGE)
Title: Analysis of Methods for Loss Reserving
Authors: 
Timothy Connor, Xinjia Liu, Gregory Lynskey, Ida Rapaj
Industrial Sponsor: 
Hanover Insurance
Faculty Advisors:
 Jon Abraham, Arthur Heinricher
Title: Risk Score Assignment for Long-Term Care Underwriting
Authors: 
Joanna Kluza, Joseph Kraynak, William Treese, Jaris Wicklund
Industrial Sponsor: 
John Hancock
Faculty Advisors: 
Jon Abraham, Art Heinricher
Title: Statistical Multi-Source Predictive Models and Error Estimates: Major USDA Crop Protection Forecasts and Estimates
Authors: 
Criselda Toto
Industrial Sponsor: 
National Institute for Statistical Sciences and National Agricultural Statistics Service
Faculty Advisors:
Title: Statistical and Experimental Analysis of a Torque Model for Self-tapping Screws
Authors:  
Kate Boulanger
Industrial Sponsor: 
Bose Incorporated
Faculty Advisors: 
Suzanne Weekes
Title: Sampling Strategies for Error Rate Estimation and Quality Control
Authors: 
Nicholas Facchiano, Ashley Kingman, Amanda Olore, David Zuniga
Industrial Sponsor:
John Hancock
Faculty Advisors:
Jon Abraham, Jayson Wilbur


MQP 2004-2006

Title: Expert System Design for Long-Term Care Underwriting 2 
Authors: 
Elizabeth A. Arsenault, Nicholas E. Rackliff
Industrial Sponsor:
John Hancock
Faculty Advisors:
Jon Abraham
Title: Lehman Brothers: Risk Reporting and Technology
Authors: 
William Braden Hays, Amy Louise Jackson, Jason T. Tondreau, Igor Ushakov
Industrial Sponsor: 
Lehman Brothers
Faculty Advisors:
 Arthur Gerstenfeld, Michael J. Ciaraldi, Jon P. Abraham
Title: Robustifying Logistic Regression: An Application to Obesity
Authors:
William Marjerison
Industrial Sponsor:
 National Center for Health Statistics/CDC
Faculty Advisors: Balgobin Nandram
Title: Gravity Waves over Topography
Authors: 
Kevin Fichter 
Industrial Sponsor: 
George Jumper, AFRL, Hanscom Air Force Base
Faculty Advisors: 
Mayer Humi
Title: Computer Modeling of Cell Migration
Authors: 
Kelly Pui-Kwan Fung, David Govonlu
Industrial Sponsor: 
Yu-li Wang, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Faculty Advisors: 
Roger Lui
Title: Modeling of Malignant Brain Tumors
Authors: 
David Voutila
Industrial Sponsor:
IBM
Faculty Advisors:
Suzanne Weekes
Title: A Mathematical Analysis of a Jitter-based Hardware Random Number Generator
Authors:
William Martin
Industrial Sponsor: 
General Dynamics
Faculty Advisors: 
Wayne Coppock
Title: Optimization of the Sierpinski Carpet Fractal Antenna
Authors: 
Brian G. Cordes
Industrial Sponsor: 
Steven Best, AFRL, Hanscom Air Force Base
Faculty Advisors: 
Vadim Yakovlev
Title: Estimating the Cost of Volatility in an Assigned Risk Plan
Authors: 
Vonda Bui, Ying Fang Yu
Industrial Sponsor: 
Premier Insurance
Faculty Advisors:
 Jon Abraham, Arthur Heinricher
Title: Estimating Disability Incidence Rates for Long Term Care Insurance
Authors: 
Michael D’Onofrio, James Lescoe, Jeffrey Simone, Mareck Twarong
Industrial Sponsor:
John Hancock
Faculty Advisors:
 Jon Abraham, Art Heinricher
Title: Predicting the Number of Annual Customers at Four Local Funeral Homes
Authors:  
Emmanuel V. Go, Allison Joy Schafer
Industrial Sponsor: 
Pillsbury Funeral Home
Faculty Advisors: 
Jason D. Wilbur
Title: Operations Management for Outdoor Lighting Replacement
Authors: 
Laura Hayes, Patrick Malloy
Industrial Sponsor:
 Alex Mango (National Grid), Andrew W. Swift, John Walter (National Grid)
Faculty Advisors:
National Grid


MQP 2001-2003

Title: Estimating Adequacy of Life Insurance Reserves 
Authors: 
Shawn Hallinan
Industrial Sponsor: 
John Hancock
Faculty Advisors: 
Ann Weidie, Arthur C. Heinricher
Title: Vapor Leak Detection for an Underground Storage Tank
Authors:
 Brian Lehtinen, Mike Pyzocha
Industrial Sponsor: 
The Ferrite Company, Inc.
Faculty Advisors:
Roger Lui
Title: Complex Permittivity Reconstruction with Neural Networks
Authors: 
Gregory S. Pettigrew
Industrial Sponsor:
 The Ferrite Company, Inc.
Faculty Advisors: 
Vadim Yakovlev
Title: Recreating Lost Records of Insurance Transactions
Authors: 
Alison Hughes, Devin Rahn
Industrial Sponsor:
John Hancock
Faculty Advisors: 
Ann Weidie, Bogdan Doytchinov
Title: Mathematical Models for the Spread of Damage in Organizational Networks
Authors:
Melissa St. Hilaire
Industrial Sponsor:
Lehman Brothers
Faculty Advisors:
Arthur C. Heinricher
Title: Stochastic Modeling for Reserve Calculations
Authors: 
Ondrej Cistecky, Steve Tribandis
Industrial Sponsor:
 Sun Life Financial
Faculty Advisors: 
Arthur C. Heinricher, Ann Wiedie
Title: Pricing a Long-Term Care Rider on Variable Life Insurance
Authors: 
Jeffery Bresson
Industrial Sponsor: 
John Hancock
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Ann Wiedie
Title: Pricing Structured Settlement Universal Life Insurance
Authors:
Briane Lane and Matthew Bielik
Industrial Sponsor:
CGU Insurance
Faculty Advisors:
Prof. Ann Wieldie
Title: Computer Characterization of Microwave High-Power Loads
Authors:
Hauke Marshall
Industrial Sponsor:
The Ferrite Company, Inc.
Faculty Advisors:
Prof. Vadim Yakovlev and Prof. Reinhold Ludwig
Title: Finite-Element Modeling of Heat Transfer in Porous Media
Authors:
Brian Ball
Industrial Sponsor:
DEKA
Faculty Advisors:
Prof. Christopher Lasen and Prof. Bogdan Vernescu


MQP 1998-2000

Title: Credibility Analysis for Automobile Cession Strategies
Authors: 
Elizabeth Anne Hogan
Industrial Sponsor: 
Premier Insurance
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Art. Heinricher
Title: Pricing a Waiver of Premium Upon Disability
Authors:
 Jovanna Rose Baptista, Larissa L. Gilbreath, Robert A. Jaeger
Industrial Sponsor: 
John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Ann Wiedie
Title: Statistical Consulting at BOSE
Authors: 
BOSE Corporation
Industrial Sponsor: 
BOSE Corporation
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. J. D. Petruccelli
Title: Dangers of Diversification
Authors:
 Jessica A. Buffone, Michael F. Bugbee
Industrial Sponsor:
 Aetna
Faculty Advisors:
 Prof. Art Henricher
Title: An Assessment of MCI’s Proactive Program at Charlton, MA
Authors: 
Samuel T. Lehane-Abraham
Industrial Sponsor:
MCI
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Balgobin Nandram
Title: Inflationary Effects on Loss Reserves
Authors: 
Melissa A. Garrell and Karen M. Lee
Industrial Sponsor: 
Travelers Insurance Co.
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Ann Wiedie
Title: Finite Element Simulations in Plasticitys
Authors:
 Xiao-Long Yu
Industrial Sponsor: 
Morgan Construction
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Bogdan Vernescu
Title: Pricing Guaranteed Variable Life Insurance
Authors: 
Aaron Korthas and Shelby Woods
Industrial Sponsor: 
John Hancock
Faculty Advisors:
 Prof. Ann Wiedie
Title: Prognostic factors in studies of Prostate-Specific Antigen failures
Authors: 
Julie Fondurulia (Master of Applied Statistics)
Industrial Sponsor: 
Harvard Medical School and Center for Radiation Therapy
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Ming Chen
Title: ODE Toolkit
Authors:
 R. Demar, A. Howes, and A. Palombizio (MQP)
Industrial Sponsor: 
Digital Equipment Corporation
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Joseph Fehribach, Prof. William Farr
Title:  Mathematical Software Usability Testing
Authors: 
K. Lee and A. Rua
Industrial Sponsor: 
Macsyma, Inc., Waterloo MAPLE, and Softwarehouse (Derive)
Faculty Advisors:
 Prof. Joseph Fehribach
Title: Mathieu Functions for Macsyma
Authors: 
B. Altieri and M. Vadeboncoeur
Industrial Sponsor: 
Macsyma, Inc.
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Joseph Fehribach
Title: Exploring Optimal Cession Strategies for Automobile Insurance
Authors: 
T. Adams and D. Deacon
Industrial Sponsor: 
Premier
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Art Heinricher
Title: Simulation of the Behavior of Variable Life Insurance
Authors: 
D. Sickman 
Industrial Sponsor: 
John Hancock
Faculty Advisors:
 Prof. Ann Wiedie
Title: Differences in Patient Treatment Across Types of Health Plans
Authors: 
D. Atkinson, L. Bottos, and A. Capek
Industrial Sponsor: 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Ann Wiedie


MQP 1995-1997

Title: Robust Statistical Sampling to Improve the Effectiveness and Reliability of On-Line Manufacturing
Authors: 
M.S. Thesis, 1 student involved
Industrial Sponsor: 
Tambrands Incorporated
Faculty Advisors:
 Prof. Ming Chen
Title: Mathematical Modeling in Metal Processing
Authors:
 Forest Lee-Elkin, William Montbleau, Stanislav Oks
Industrial Sponsor:
 Morgan Construction Company
Faculty Advisors:
 Prof. Bogdan Vernescu
Title: Statistical Consulting
Authors: 
Jason D. Wilbur
Industrial Sponsor: 
Bose Incorporated
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Joseph Petruccelli
Title: Development of a Test Algorithm for Cession Strategies
Authors: 
Kristen Magnifico, Jeremy Olszewski, Daniele Recore
Industrial Sponsor: 
Premier Insurance Company
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Arthur C. Heinricher, Prof. Ansu Bagchi, Prof. Ann Wiedie
Title: Control of Simultaneous Motion in Shoulder Prostheses
Authors:
Jason Wening, Nicole Robert, Colleen Fox
Industrial Sponsor: 
Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Looft, F. J. (ECE) and Prof. P.W. Davis
Title: Measures of Credibility
Authors: 
Nicole Burns, Richard Colby, Scott Lucarelli, Melissa Pitzen
Industrial Sponsor: 
Allmerica Financial
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Ansu Bagchi, Prof. Ann Wiedie
Title: A Bayesian Test for Trend in Case-Fatality Rate
Authors: 
Kathryn Sullivan, Timothy Doherty
Industrial Sponsor: 
University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Balgodin Nandram
Title: Experience Rating
Authors: 
William Cho
Industrial Sponsor: 
Aetna UHSC
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Ansuman Bagchi
Title: Mathematical Software Usability Testing
Authors:
3 students (IQP)
Industrial Sponsor: 
Macsyma, Incorporated, Wolfram Research (Mathematica), Waterloo Maple, and Softwarehouse (Derive)
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Joseph Fehribach and Prof. Ansuman Bagchi
Title: Rod Path Geometry Study
Authors:
 Adam Garland, Marcie Noyes, Jeffrey Perlak
Industrial Sponsor: 
Morgan Construction Company
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Bogdan Vernescu
Title: Statistically Sound Experiments to Improve Production Quality for Electronic Components
Authors: 
Brian Charest
Industrial Sponsor: 
Bose Incorporated
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Joe Petruccelli
Title: Developing Strategies to Improve Decision Making in Casualty Insurance
Authors: 
Ryan Betts, Rhett Brown
Industrial Sponsor: 
Premier Insurance Company
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Art Heinricher, Prof. Ansuman Bagchi
Title: Manual Rating for Dental Insurance
Authors:
 Cathleen Connelly
Industrial Sponsor: 
Allmerica Financial
Faculty Advisors: 
Ansumman Bagchi, Ann Wiedie
Title: Quality Factor Analysis for Automobile Insurance
Authors: 
Lee Blouin, Jeffrey Peterson, Ann Marie Sbriglio
Industrial Sponsor: 
Premier Automobile Insurance
Faculty Advisors: 
Ansumman Bagchi, Arthur Heinricher, Ann Wiedie
Title: Investigation of Atmospheric Heating and Cooling Balance Using MODTRAN3
Authors: 
Ph.D. Industrial Project
Industrial Sponsor: 
USAF Phillips Lab at Hanscom Air Forces Base
Faculty Advisors: 
Prof. Paul Davis
Title: Volatility in Disability Reserves
Authors:
 Ansu Bagchi and Art Heinricher
Industrial Sponsor: 
Paul Revere Insurance
Faculty Advisors: 
Jay Rine, Marc Marino, Rod Lukowski, Rich Gaitane, Vanessa Melaragno
Title: Honing Capacity Project
Authors: 
Brady Townsend, Wendy Butkus
Industrial Sponsor: 
Presmet
Faculty Advisors: 
Art Heinricher, Ansu Bagchi, Domokos Vermes