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The University of Hartford has a long legacy of programming focused on risk, finance, and insurance.  Leveraging relationships with major insurance carriers, reinsurers, brokers, banks and other sector firms, the University and its Barney School of Business has met the industry’s talent needs for decades.  Many current and retired alumni have held executive positions in the industry, such as Jonathan Bennett (The Hartford), Richard Booth (AIG), David Cordani (Cigna), Steve Mulready (Crum & Forster), Patrick Tannock (XL Catlin), Tony Trivella (Hartford Steam Boiler), Gerald Vitkauskas (AIG), and Joe Zubretsky (Hanover).

Data and technology are causing unprecedented disruption in the risk, finance, and insurance sectors.  The Barney School of Business, in collaboration with the University’s College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture (CETA) and the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP), is poised to provide innovative and value-added programming at the intersection of risk, data, and technology. Our new cross-disciplinary Risk and Disruptive Technology Institute positions students and faculty to broadly and deeply understand risk factors affecting people and property at work, leisure, and other settings.  Working closely with industry partners, the Institute will facilitate projects, courses, internships, and research through which students will discover the capabilities of cutting-edge data analytics and emerging technologies to help prevent, mitigate, and transfer risk.  With an applied understanding of how human risk is manifested, the economic implications of risk, and ways in which data and technology can be used to better understand risk, students will bring technical and commercial understanding to engineering, underwriting, analyst, and other roles at property, casualty, health, and life insurance enterprises, and at other risk and financial institutions.