Welcome New Faculty and Students

January,  2007

The Department of Statistics would like to welcome five new visiting faculty members, Krzysztof (Chris) Bogdan, Malgorzata (Gosia) Bogdan, Jerone Deverman, Florian Frommlet, and Shang Xue, as well as seven new M.S. graduate students to the Department this semester.

Krzysztof Bogdan
Krzysztof (Chris) Bogdan joined the Department of Statistics this semester as a Visiting Professor. He is visiting from the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, Wroclaw University of Technology (WUT), Wroclaw, Poland. Professor Bogdan received his Ph.D. in 1997, Habilitation in 2002, and Professorship in 2006 from WUT. His research interests include smooth tests for goodness-of-fit, maximum likelihood estimators in exponential families, harmonic analysis, potential theory of Markov processes, boundary theory of harmonic functions, construction of semigroups and stochastic analysis. He is teaching STAT 503 "Statistical Methods for Biology" this semester.


Malgorzata (Gosia) Bogdan
Malgorzata (Gosia) Bogdan joined the Department of Statistics this semester as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She is visiting from the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland. Professor Bogdan received her Ph.D. in Statistics in 1996 from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. Her research interests include model selection in application to bioinformatics and statistical genetics. She is teaching STAT 512 "Applied Regression Analysis" this semester.


Jerone Deverman
Jerone Deverman joined the Department of Statistics this semester as a Visiting Professor. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics in 1969, his M.S. in Mathematics in 1962, and his B.S. in Mathematics in 1960, all from Purdue University. In 1995 he was chosen as a distinguished College of Science alumnus.

Dr. Deverman is the founder and principal consultant of Medical Data Systems in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has over thirty years experience in computer systems, data processing, systems analysis, statistical analysis, mathematical modeling and computer simulations, operational testing and evaluation, and large data systems applications. He is well known for his expertise and statistical contributions in the field of large scale health care information systems involving public, federal, and commercial programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Maintenance Organizations, and Professional Review Organizations. He has made strong contributions in the statistical design and analysis of data arising in health care and medical insurance. Dr. Deverman is a frequent invited speaker at meetings of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and he has spoken on analysis of health care claims data at national conferences. He is teaching STAT 490C "Healthcare Plans, Data and Financing" this semester.


Florian Frommlet
Florian Frommlet joined the Department of Statistics this semester as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Professor Frommlet received his Diplom-Ingenieur (German equivalent of M.S. degree) in mathematics at the Technical University of Vienna in 1995. In 2000, he received his Ph.D. working in the field of Mathematical Physics from the Technical University of Berlin. He then changed his field of research and worked almost three years in the Department of Medical Statistics at the University of Vienna, before he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Vienna. His research interests include applications of statistical methods in bioinformatics and molecular biology, as well as optimization theory, specifically semidefinite programming applied to graph theoretical problems. He is teaching STAT 311 "Introductory Probability"and STAT 416 "Probability" this semester.


Shang Xue
Shang Xue joined the Department of Statistics this semester as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden, before she received her MS in Mathematical Statistics from Purdue University in Aug, 2006. Her research interests include coding of certain image/video data and implementation of coders and decoders, application of statistical methodologies, especially data mining algorithms in low power circuit design. She is teaching STAT 506 "Statistical Programming and Data Management Using SAS" and STAT 350 "Introduction to Statistics" this semester.


Currently, the Department of Statistics has 53 faculty members, 24 full and part-time staff members, and 96 graduate students (61 Ph.D. students and 35 M.S. students).

January 2007