Two Department of Statistics Alumni Named as AAAS Fellows

Welcome to New AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society. It is a remarkable accomplishment to be chosen as an AAAS Fellow. To be admitted into the 140-year-old organization, nominees are reviewed by steering groups within their particular sections, and a final list is then forwarded to the AAAS Council, who then votes on the aggregate list. The Department of Statistics is proud to see two of our alumni bestowed with such a prestigious honor: Dr. Susmita Datta and Dr. Sanjay Shete.

Now a professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, Datta was elected as an AAAS Fellow for her contributions to research in bioinformatics, computational biology, and biostatistics. She is also a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. She currently serves as president of the Caucus for Women in Statistics. Datta received both her MS '90 and her PhD '95 from UGA Department of Statistics.

Shete, who received his PhD '98 from the UGA Department of Statistics, is a genetic epidemiologist and the section chief of behavioral and social statistics at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is the principal investigator for a number of research projects at MD Anderson Cancer Center as well as the university’s director of the biostatistics, bioinformatics, and systems biology program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Datta and Shete will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin — the colors representing the disciplines of science and engineering — on Saturday, February 14, during the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

Congratulations to Dr. Susmita Datta and Dr. Sanjay Shete for your continued success and advancement. And as always, Go Dawgs!

Ting (Tina) Meng (MS 2013)

Graduated from Agricultural Economics this summer. Now Tina has accepted a post-doc position at UPenn on energy consumption and efficiency.

Christopher Rink (BS 2013)

I graduated from the Statistics BS program in May of 2013. I moved up to Madison, Wisconsin in July and started working as Business Intelligence Developer for Epic (the electronic medical record vendor). The end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 have been filled with plenty of interesting and new challenges. Working for Epic presents with new experiences and problems every day which I am forced to think creatively to solve. Additionally, having grown up in warm summer climes, I have had to adapt to the harsh, snowy winters in Wisconsin in a pinch. Still, it's been a fun many months and I look forward to many more. I'm missing UGA and Athens greatly, but I'll come back to visit from time to time as my schedule allows.

Darryl Revenew (MS 1990)

Transitioning from Sales Director in the Technology industry to Academia in software (JMP from SAS).

Harji Patel (MS 1969)

I retired in 2003 from my last job of teaching Biostatistics at Georgia Southern University. Prior to this I worked as a biostatistician for the various pharmaceutical companies in New Jersey, mainly in the field of clinical trials. During retirement, I spend most of my time in spiritual activities and try to remain healthy. All our children are independent and have their families.