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Professor of Statistics in the George R. Brown School of Engineering


Katherine Bennett Ensor, Ph.D.

Dr. Ensor is 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 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 specific focus on the environment, energy and finance. She is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been recognized for her leadership, scholarship and mentoring. She is Vice President of the American Statistical Association and a member of the National Academies Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics. 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 /┬áSpatial and Spatial-Temporal
  • Unique applications of Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling and Approximate Bayesian Computation
  • Stochastic Process Modeling and Information Integration

Primary Application Areas Include: