O'Cinneide Presents Inaugural Marcel Neuts Lecture

July,  2017

On July 11, 2017, the inaugural Marcel Neuts Lecture of the Department of Statistics, Purdue University, was presented by Dr. Colm O’Cinneide at the INFORMS Applied Probability Society Conference at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. O’Cinneide is the Head of Portfolio Construction at QS Investors LLC in New York, NY, and was once on the faculty of Purdue University. He collaborated with Dr. Neuts and served as editor of Stochastic Models.

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Chris Neuts, Dr. O'Cinneide, Dr. Hao Zhang, Dr. Peter Taylor

The Marcel Neuts Lecture of the Department of Statistics, Purdue University honors the career and life of the late Dr. Marcel Neuts (1935-2014), who started his academic career at Purdue University and served on the faculty of the Statistics Department for 15 years, from 1962-1976. In 2015, one year after Dr. Neuts passed away, Dr. V. Ramaswami led the efforts among former students and friends of Dr. Neuts to establish an endowed fund to support a lectureship to honor and celebrate the remarkable life of Dr. Neuts. The endowment was officially established in 2016. There is no better way to commemorate Dr. Neuts and his distinctive contributions to the profession and his impact on so many individual lives. This lecture will be given at a major conference with a large presence of applied probability researchers. Speakers of the lectureship are selected by a committee appointed by the Head of the Department, Dr. Hao Zhang.

The lecture committee includes Peter Taylor (chair), Guy Latouche, George Shanthikumar, Raghu Pasupathy, and Thomas Sellke.

More information about Dr. Neuts and his career can be found here.