Charles Tuan, UCSB Gaucho and Second Lieutenant in the US Marines



Name: Charles Tuan

Major: B.S., Financial Mathematics & Statistics, Class of 2017

Hometown: Piedmont, CA

Second Lieutenant Charles Tuan was born and raised in Piedmont, California.  Charles stayed active throughout high school, playing football and lacrosse while playing the viola for the Piedmont High School orchestra.  After being accepted to University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Charles immediately enrolled in the Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP) as he knew it would be a great way to acclimate to the college atmosphere.

During his freshmen and sophomore years, Charles joined the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) Fraternity, applied to UCSB’s Orientation Programs, and enrolled in the Marine Officer Programs as an aviation candidate.  The summer after his sophomore year Charles had the privilege of working as an Orientation Staff Member (his students are now juniors!).  His junior year he was accepted to attend USMC Officer Candidates School (OCS), which he attended after spring quarter and graduated from that summer.  OCS was one of the most beneficial experiences Charles has gone through; he learned more about self-discipline, leadership, teamwork, and respect at OCS than any other event in his life.  After spending 10 weeks at OCS, Charles returned for his senior year more motivated than ever.  He applied for a spot in the UCSB Statistics & Applied Probability department’s cornerstone course for the Masters of Actuarial Science Program (PSTAT 296A/B).  For two quarters, his two teammates and he worked under Professor Janet Duncan on California’s public Workers Compensation fund, which resulted in him giving a thirty-minute presentation to California’s Excess Insurance Authority.

After graduating in June with a B.S. in Financial Mathematics & Statistics, Charles is now with Marine Officer Santa Barbara where he works with current students who may want to pursue a path in the Marine Corps Officer ranks. He heads off to Quantico, VA in several months to continue his Marine Corps training.  Following that, he will begin his training to become a Marine Aviator.  He is extremely excited for the coming years and recognizes he would not be where he is if not for the incredible experiences and mentors he had while at UCSB.