Four faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) have been honored with an LAS Dean’s Professorship, one of the college’s newest and most prestigious opportunities to recognize faculty excellence.
Zhengyuan Zhu, professor of statistics and director of the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology.
“The Dean’s Professorship award gives me more freedom and resources to pursue high-risk, high-reward research — which has large potential impact,” said Zhu.
The professorships are the result of Transforming LAS, an endowment fund created when two generous donors gifted proceeds from the sale of a company to the college. Honorees will be recognized during a formal ceremony at a later date.
Zhu is the director of the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology. His expertise is extremely broad, including spatial statistics, survey statistics, time series analysis, and multivariate analysis. He is also involved in optimal design for correlated observations, anomaly detection for correlated observations, spatio-temporal models, long range dependent processes, applications in environmental statistics, natural resource survey, agricultural statistics, biostatistics, astrostatistics, transportation statistics and Internet traffic modeling.