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Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics in the George R. Brown School of Engineering


Katherine Bennett Ensor, PhD, is running for American Statistical Association (ASA) President.

Attend an open forum where she will discuss her platform and answer questions regarding her potential presidency.

Dr. Ensor is 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 is also overseeing 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, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been recognized for her leadership, scholarship and mentoring. She served as Vice President of the American Statistical Association 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

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