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2018 Distinguished Alumnus Dipak K. Dey


MS 1977, PhD 1980

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Statistics, University of Connecticut

"The research, teaching, and organizational skills I acquired through my graduate education at Purdue were essential to my success."

A Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Statistics at the University of Connecticut, Dipak K. Dey is a top scholar in research areas that include statistical methodology and applications involving categorical and longitudinal data, classification and clustering, and spatio-temporal and survival data analysis.

He is the author of 10 books, and he is the editor of several volumes and more than 260 refereed journal articles and book chapters in various statistical and interdisciplinary journals. His research applications extend broadly to areas such as biometry, bioinformatics, data mining, environmetrics, econometrics, image processing, morphometry, and population genetics.

A graduate of Purdue’s master’s and doctoral programs in statistics, Dey is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, and the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. His influence in several roles as a university administrator and program head extends to the many minds he’s influenced throughout his career — more than 38 PhD students are the fortunate recipients of his mentorship.

Dey has presented his work through more than 200 talks and has served as a visiting professor across the globe in positions at Macquarie University, Pontificia Universidad de Catolica, the University of Sao Paulo, the University of British Columbia, the University of Calcutta, the Indian Statistical Institute, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, and the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory at Virginia Tech.


  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut, 2008
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Statistics, Purdue University, 2007
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011
  • Fellow of the American Statistical Association, 1997
  • Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2000

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