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PhD Alumni 2000-2009

2009 Statistics PhD Alumni

Bibhas Chakraborty
Advisor:
Susan Murphy
Dissertation: A Study of Non-regularity in Dynamic Treatment Regimes and Some Design Considerations for Multicomponent Interventions
Last Known Position: Associate Professor, Columbia University, New York, NY

 

Nam Hee Choi
Advisor
: Kerby Shedden and Ji Zhu
Dissertation: Investigation of Smooth and Non-smooth Penalties for Regularized Model Selection in Regression
Last Known Position: Unknown

 

Lacey Gunter
Advisor:
Susan Murphy and Ji Zhu
Dissertation: Variable Selection for Decision Making
Last Known Position: Adjunct Faculty, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

 

Natallia V. Katenka
Advisor
: Liza Levina and George Michailidis
Dissertation: Statistical Problems in Wireless Sensor Networks
Last Known Position:
Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

 

Yevgeniya (Jane) Pinelis 
Advisor:
Ben Hansen
Dissertation: Testing for Covariate Balance in Comparative Studies
Last Known Position: Section Supervisor, Data Analytics and Assessments, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC

 

Matthew Linn
Advisor:
Anna Amirdjanova
Dissertation: Nonlinear Filtering of Random Fields in the Presence of Long-Memory Noise and Related Problems in Stochastic Analysis
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

 

Herle McGowan
Advisor:
Vijay Nair and Brenda Gunderson
Dissertation: Experimentation Methodologies for Educational Research with an Emphasis on the Teaching of Statistics
Last Known Position: Associate Professor, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

 

Harsh Singhal
Advisor:
George Michailidis
Dissertation: Statistical Inverse Problems on Graphs with Application to Flow Volume Estimation in Computer Networks
Last Known Position: Director, Sr. Quantatative Finance Leader, Bank of America, Charlotte, NC

 

Lili Yang
Advisor:
George Michailidis
Dissertation: Sample Based Estimation of Network Traffic Flow Characteristics
Last Known Position: Director, Bank of America, Los Angeles, CA

 

Aijun Zhang
Advisor
: Vijay Nair and Agus Sudjianto
Dissertation: Statistical Methods in Credit Risk Modeling
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 

Nengfeng Zhou
Advisor
: Ji Zhu
Dissertation: Sparse Model Identification for High Dimensional Data
Last Known Position: VP, Senior Qualitative Finance Analyst, Bank of America, Charlotte, NC

 

2008 Statistics PhD Alumni

Stacey Culp
Advisor:
Robert Keener and Julian Faraway
Dissertation:
Warping Methods for Means and Variances in Functional Data
Last Known Position: 
Assistant Professor, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 

Kam Hamidieh
Advisor
: George Michailidis and Stilian Stoev
Dissertation: Topics in Statistical Modeling and Estimation of Extremes and Their Dependence
Last Known Position: Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

 

Bodhisattva Sen
Advisor:
Michael Woodroofe and Moulinath Banerjee
Dissertation: A Study of Bootstrap and Likelihood Based Methods in Non-Standard Problems
Last Known Position: Associate Professor, Columbia University, New York, NY

 

Ho Keun Sun
Advisor
: Robert Keener
Dissertation: Hybrid Bootstrap for Mapping Quantitative Trait Loci and Change Point Problems
Last Known Position: Unknown

 

Amy Shepherd Wagaman
Advisor:
 Liza Levina
Dissertation: Topics in High-Dimensional Inference with Applications to Raman Spectroscopy
Last Known Position: Associate Professor, Amherst College, Amherst MA

 

Ou Zhao
Advisor: 
Michael Woodroofe
Dissertation:
Stationary Random Walks and Isotonic Regression
Last Known Position: 
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

 

2007 Statistics PhD Alumni

Daniel Almirall
Advisor:
Susan Murphy
Dissertation:
Towards Assessing Time-Varying Causal Effect Moderation in Experimental and Observational Studies
Last Known Position:
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

 

Carles Breto
Advisor:
Edward Ionides
Dissertation: Statistical Inference for Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
Last Known Position: Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

 

Mark Culp
Advisor:
George Michailidis
Dissertation: Multi-view Learning with Additive Models on Graphs
Last Known Position: Professor, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

 

Yan Lan
Advisor:
George Michailidis and Moulinath Banerjee
Dissertation: Topics on Change-Point Estimation Under Adaptive Sampling Procedures
Last Known Position: VP, Sr Quantitative Finance Analyst, Bank of America, Charlotte, NC

 

Joon Sang Lee
Advisor:
Michael Woodroofe
Dissertation: Two Stage Sequential Estimation Procedures and A Convex Optimization Problem
Last Known Position: Senior Scientist, Sanofi, Boston, MA

 

Youjuan (Jane) Li
Advisor:
Ji Zhu
Dissertation: Efficient Computation and Model Selection for Regularized Quantile Regression
Last Known Position: Staff Data Scientist, Google, San Francisco, CA

 

Anupap Por Paul Somboonsavatdee
Advisor:
Vijay Nair and Ananda Sen
Dissertation:
Contributions to Reliability and Lifetime Data Analysis
Last Known Position:
Assistant Professor, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Natalya Verbitsky
Advisor:
Stephen Raudenbush
Dissertation: Associational and Causal Inference in Spatial Hierarchical Settings: Theory and Applications
Last Known Position: Senior Research Statistician, Mathematica Policy Research, Washington D.C.

 

Chuang Zheng
Advisor:
Kerby Shedden
Dissertation: Uniform Simulation of Symmetric Positive Definite Matrices, withApplications to Evaluating Classifiers
Last Known Position: Unknown

 

2006 Statistics PhD Alumni

Su Bang Choe
Advisor:
Julian Faraway
Dissertation:
Statistical Analysis of Orientation Trajectories via Quaternions with Applications to Human Motion
Last Known Position:
Technical Leader Forecasting Global Analytics, Ford Credit, Dearborn, MI

 

Joel Dood
Advisor
: Edward Rothman
Dissertation: On The Analysis and Design of Computer Experiments
Last Known Position: Senior Analytic Software Tester, SAS, Raleigh-Durham, NC

 

Shiang-Tung Jung
Advisor:
Richard Gonzalez
Dissertation: A Random Effects Approach to Unfolding Models
Last Known Position: Statistical Scientist, Quintiles Transnationals, Overland Park, KS

 

Rohit Kulkarni
Advisor: 
Kerby Shedden
Dissertation:
Discovering Meaningful Associations in Biological Networks via Low-order Correlation Coefficients
Last Known Position:
Algorithms Scientist, Guardian Analytics, Mountain View, CA

 

Jayanta Kumar Pal
Advisor:
Michael Woodroofe and Moulinath Banerjee
Dissertation: Statistical Analysis and Inference in Shape Restricted Problems with Applications to Astronomy
Last Known Position: Senior Data Scientist, Zendrive, Bengaluru, India

 

Akarin Phaibulpanich
Advisor:
Kerby Shedden
Dissertation: Contributions to Metric Learning for Nearest Neighbor Classification
Last Known Position:
Assistant Professor, Chulalongkorn Business School, Bangkok,Thailand

 

Jing Wang
Advisor:
Julian Faraway
Dissertation: Statistical Modeling for 3-D Trajectories
Last Known Position:
Senior Vice President, Bank of America, Atlanta, GA

 

2005 Statistics PhD Alumni

Jennifer Shueh-Inn Hu
Advisor:
Julian Faraway
Dissertation:
Modeling Variation in Functional Responses with Applications in Human Motion Analysis
Last Known Position:
Assistant Professor, Ming Chuan University, TaoYuan, Taiwan

 

Earl Lawrence 
Advisor:
Vijay Nair and George Michailidis
Dissertation: Flexicast Network Delay Tomography
Last Known Position:
Scientist,  Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe, NM

 

Xiao Wang
Advisor:
Michael Woodroofe and Vijay Nair
Dissertation: Nonparametric Inference with Applications to Dark Matter Estimation in Astronomy and Degradation Modeling in Reliability
Last Known Position: Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

 

2004 Statistics PhD Alumni

Gregory Dyson
Advisor:
Chien-Fu Jeff Wu
Dissertation: New Techniques in Clustering and Microarray Data Analysis
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

 

Ajita Vijayan Gopikrishnan
Advisor:
Vijay Nair
Dissertation:
Reliability Inference Based on Degradation and Time To Failure Data: Some Models, Methods and Efficiency Comparisons
Last Known Position:
Unknown

 

Sonya Lisa Vartivarian
Advisor:
Roderick Little
Dissertation: On the Formation of Weighting Class Adjustments for Unit Nonresponse in Sample Surveys
Last Known Position: 
Senior Statistician, Mathematica, Takoma Park, MD

 

Bowei Xi 
Advisor:
Vijay Nair and George Michailidis
Dissertation: Estimating Internal Link Loss Rates Using Active Network Tomography
Last Known Position: Associate Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

 

2003 Statistics PhD Alumni

Enrique E. Alvarez 
Advisor:
Robert Keener
Dissertation: Likelihood Based Estimation of Stationary Semi-Markov Processes Under Window Censoring
Last Known Position: Professor, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina

 

Jee-Weon Choe 
Advisor:
Robert Keener
Dissertation:Bayesian Optimality Criteria for Supersaturated Designs
Last Known Position: Orientations Analytics,  Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, MI

 

Dong-Yun Kim  
Advisor:
Michael Woodroofe 
Dissertation: Sequential Test and Change Point Problems with Staggered Entry
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA

 

David Mease  
Advisor:
Vijay Nair 
Dissertation: Contributions to Engineering Statistics: X-Testing for Reliability and Optimal Partitioning Strategies
Last Known Position: Statistician, Google, Mountain View, CA

 

Graciela Beatriz Mentz
Advisor:
Anant Kshirsagar
Dissertation: Longitudinal Data Analysis Using Growth Curve Models
Last Known Position: Database Analyst, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

 

Yongyun Shin
Advisor:
Stephen Raudenbush 
Dissertation:
Inference and Applications in Hierarchical Linear Models with Missing Data
Last Known Position: 
Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

 

2002 Statistics PhD Alumni

Ying-Chao Hung
Advisor:
George Michailidis and Derek Bingham  
Dissertation:
Modeling and Analysis of Stochastic Networks with Shared Resources
Last Known Position: Associate Professor, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

 

Xianggui Qu
Advisor:
Chien-Fu Jeff Wu  
Dissertation:
Some Problems in the Theory and Construction of Factorial Designs
Last Known Position: Associate Professor, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

 

Bruno Sousa 
Advisor:
George Michailidis and Bruce Hill  
Dissertation:
A Contribution to the Estimation of the Tail Index of Heavy-Tailed Distributions
Last Known Position: Research Fellow, Centre for Malaria & Tropical Diseases, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

 

Mark Stuff 
Advisor:
Michael Woodroofe and Robert Keener  
Dissertation:
Derivation and Estimation of Euclidean Invariants of Far Field Range Data
Last Known Position: Research Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI

 

Roshan Vengazhiyil 
Advisor:
Chien-Fu Jeff Wu  
Dissertation:
Modeling and Optimization for Robust Parameter Design
Last Known Position: Associate Professor, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

 

Tonglin Zhang 
Advisor:
Michael Woodroofe  
Dissertation:
Problems in Restricted Parameter Spaces
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

 

2001 Statistics PhD Alumni

Jayanti Gupta 
Advisor:
Paul Damien  
Dissertation:
Bayesian Inference on Symmetric Groups
Last Known Position: Founder at Parinita Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Apparel & Fashion

 

Vadim Kutsyy 
Advisor:
Vijay Nair  
Dissertation:
Modeling and Inference for Spatial Processes with Ordinal Data
Last Known Position: Head and Principal Scientist; eBay, San Francisco, CA

 

Wei Biao Wu  
Advisor:
Michael Woodroofe   
Dissertation:
Studies in Time Series and Random Dynamics
Last Known Position: Professor, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

Hongquan Xu  
Advisor:
Chien-Fu Jeff Wu  
Dissertation:
Optimal Factor Assignment for Asymmetrical Fractional Factorial Designs:  Theory and Applications
Last Known Position: Professor, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

 

Donglin Zeng 
Advisor:
Susan Murphy  
Dissertation:
Adjusting for Dependent Censoring Using High-Dimensional Auxiliary Information
Last Known Position: Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

 

2000 Statistics PhD Alumni

William Brenneman
Advisor:
Vijay Nair  
Dissertation:
Inference for Location and Dispersion Effects in Unreplicated Factorial Experiments
Last Known Position: 
Principal Statistician, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH

 

Xiaoli Shirley Hou  
Advisor:
Chien-Fu Jeff Wu  
Dissertation:
Modeling, Analysis and Optimization in Parameter Design
Last Known Position: 

 

Kirsten Namesnik  
Advisor:
Julian Faraway  
Dissertation:
Statistical Shape Analysis of Facial Motions
Last Known Position: Instructor/Lecturer, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

 

Zhaohui Qin 
Advisor:
Paul Damien  
Dissertation:
Uniform Scale Mixture Models with Applications to Bayesian Inference
Last Known Position: Associate Professor Emory University, Atlanta, GA

 

Yao Wang 
Advisor:
Julian Faraway  
Dissertation:
Simultaneous Inference, Roughness Considerations and Functional Prediction Models for Functional Response Data
Last Known Position: Director, Towers Watson, Orange County, CA

 

Li-An Xu  
Advisor:
Vijay Nair  
Dissertation:
Contributions to Some Statistical Problems in Advanced Manufacturing
Last Known Position: Associate Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb, New York, NY

 

Rong Zhang 
Advisor:
Michael Woodroofe  
Dissertation:
Isotonic Density Estimation with Smoothing
Last Known Position: 

 

Yu Zhu  
Advisor:
Chien-Fu Jeff Wu  
Dissertation:
A Theory of Experimental Design for Multiple Groups of Factors
Last Known Position: Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN