Williams Professor Richard De Veaux Named American Statistical Association Vice President

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., May 29, 2018—The American Statistical Association (ASA), the world’s largest community of statisticians, elected Richard (Dick) De Veaux, C. Carlisle and Margaret Tippit Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College, as vice president. De Veaux’s term will begin on January 1, 2019.

Richard De Veaux is an applied statistician whose research interests include data mining methodology and its applications to problems in science and industry. He is interested in methods such as artificial neural networks and techniques such as decision trees, MARS, and boosting algorithms such as MART.

Known as the “Big Tent for Statistics,” the American Statistical Association is the second-oldest, continuously operating professional association in the country. Since it was founded in Boston in 1839, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Its members serve in industry, government, and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare.

“The ASA is the professional home for nearly twenty thousand statisticians in North America and throughout the world,” said De Veaux. “It has been an enormous help to me in my career, and I’m thrilled and honored to be able to give back by joining its leadership team.”

Before joining Williams College in 1994, De Veaux was an assistant professor of statistics at The Wharton School and an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research at Princeton University. In 2008 he was named Mosteller Statistician of the Year by the Boston chapter of the American Statistical Association, and in 2012 he became an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

De Veaux has co-authored numerous publications, including Intro to Stats with Paul Velleman (2003), Stats: Modeling the World with David Bock and Paul Velleman (2003), and Stats: Data and Models with Paul Velleman and David Bock (2004). He received a B.S.E. in civil engineering and a B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University.

“It is no surprise that Dick has been elected vice president of the American Statistical Association,” said Susan Loepp, mathematics professor and chair of the mathematics and statistics department at Williams College. “He has led the charge of the unprecedented growth of our statistics program at Williams for the last twenty-four years, resulting in arguably the largest and best liberal arts statistics program in the country. When Dick takes office as vice president of the ASA, the national statistics community will benefit from his tremendous leadership skills.”

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