Katherine Bennett Ensor, PhD, is the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University where she serves as director of the Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES). She also oversees the development of the Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform, a resource for the greater Houston area. She served as chair of the Department of Statistics from 1999 through 2013.
Dr. Ensor, an expert in many areas of modern statistics, develops innovative statistical techniques to answer important questions in science, engineering and business with focus on the environment, energy and finance. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been widely recognized for her leadership, scholarship and mentoring. She is President Elect of the American Statistical Association’s (ASA) Board of Directors (2021 – 2022) and served as Vice President of ASA’s Board of Directors from 2016-2018. She is a member of the National Academies Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (CATS) and serves on the Board of Directors of the NSF Institute on Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM). She holds a BSE and MS in Mathematics from Arkansas State University and a PhD in Statistics from Texas A&M University.
Research: Dr. Ensor develops methods for dependent data including:
- Time series / Spatial and Spatial-Temporal / High-dimensional
- Unique applications of Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling and Approximate Bayesian Computation
- Stochastic Process Modeling and Information Integration
Primary Application Areas Include:
- Statistical Finance, Risk Management and Energy
- Environmental Statistics, and Environmental Statistics+Public Health
- Urban Analytics and creation of the Urban Data Platform for the greater Houston area through the Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research