Illinois Professor awarded National Science Foundation Award

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Statistics Assistant Professor Naveen Narisetty at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign awarded the National Science Foundation Grant. Photo: illinois.edu

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a grant Naveen Narisetty, assistant professor of statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Narisetty received the distinguished Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award that will support his work in exploring several key aspects of big data and how statisticians and data scientists can more efficiently work within the Bayesian framework for real world application, the university said.

The CAREER Program is the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Narisetty’s five-year agenda to create more efficiency within the big data framework has the potential to influence multiple disciplines including biology, economics, environmental sciences, marketing, and medical sciences.

The research will be integrated into teaching special topics courses for graduate and undergraduate students and developing an outreach workshop for K-12 students to provide exposure to modern statistics and its applications. The final piece will include sharing his research.

According to the university’s newsletter, Narisetty arrived on campus four years ago with broad ideas and research questions. However, he was able to focus his work through a variety of opportunities including those found on campus within the Department of Statistics and his affiliations with the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.

“We have speakers and visitors who bring in really great science to our exposure,” Narisetty said in the newsletter. “I think that a big part of this learning curve has been because of the great scientists and engineers who I have the opportunity to interact with. The other part is that it has to come from your interest to explore this and move in that direction. I think I had the interest, and campus really has the resources and infrastructure to harness that.”

Narisetty now has the ability to focus on his five-year research agenda without worry for funding.

A PhD in Statistics from University of Michigan, Narisetty went on to win several awards and honors including ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award and Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship at University of Michigan among others.

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