Statistics Former Student Network



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There has never been a better time to be a statistician.

Texas A&M Statistics is hoping to capitalize on this current trend and our decades of success as a department by embarking on a unique effort to benefit our former, current, and future students. But to do so, we’ll need your help.

We’ve started the Statistics Former Student Network to leverage the rich and varied experiences, expertise, and skill sets of our former students to help enrich and extend the educational experiences for our present and prospective graduate and undergraduate students.

Because we believe the short- and long-term success of such a powerful group begins and ends with its potential members, we value your input, ideas, and advice.  If you have interest in serving on the board, have suggestions for talks or webinars, wish to assist with mentoring students, or have any other ideas for SFSN, please contact us!

One of Texas A&M University’s best assets is its people — successful former students, colleagues, and friends with a wealth of institutional, industry, and inspirational knowledge to offer. We encourage you to consider giving back by paying it forward. Advantage, Aggies!




A network of possibility, created by Texas A&M statisticians for Texas A&M statisticians!


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If you are interested in giving an SFSN presentation, please contact Ana Ferreira ( to be put in contact with SFSN President, Marcy Johnson.


May 01, 2024

John Schwenck,  Quantitative Analyst, Consumer AI & ML Model Development Center, Wells Fargo
AI & Machine Learning Model Development: From Academia to Industry
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Announcement and Bio

April 10, 2024

Dennis W. King, Founder and President, STATKING Clinical Services (SCS)
My Career as the STATKING
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Announcement and Bio

March 21, 2024 

Mandy Hering, Professor, Department of Statistical Science
MoWaTER Director, Baylor University
Multivariate Statistics Process Monitoring in Complex Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems
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Announcement and Bio

December 7, 2023

Robert Reynolds, PhD, Data Scientist Human Health & Performance Directorate, Johnson Space Center
Only What You Take With You: Research Methods for Human Systems Risks in Spaceflight
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Announcement and Bio

November 9, 2023

Yulia Marchenko, Vice President, Statistics & Data Science, StataCorp LLC
Professional Software Development: What, Why, and How?
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Announcement and Bio

October 31, 2023

Yehua Li, Professor & Chair of Statistics, University of California at Riverside
“Functional Principal Component Analysis of Spatially and Temporally Indexed Point Processes”
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Announcement and Bio

September 21, 2023

Hua Liang, Professor of Biostatistics, George Washington University
“Semiparametric Models: Several Examples”
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Announcement and Bio

April 11, 2023

Tatiyana V. Apanasovich, Associate Professor of Statistics, George Washington University
New Classes of Multivariate Covariance Functions
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Announcement and Bio

March 20, 2023

Scott H. Holan, Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics, University of Missouri/U.S. Census Bureau
Computationally Efficient Bayesian Unit-Level Models for Non-Gaussian Data Under Informative Sampling with Application to Estimation of Health Insurance Coverage
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Announcement and Bio

February 22, 2023

Eileen C. King, Research Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Changing the World with Statistics
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Announcement and Bio

December 5, 2022

Yongtao Guan, Presidential Chair Professor, Department of Management Science, School of Business Administration, University of Miami
Group Network Hawkes Process
(Recorded Presentation)
Announcement and Bio

November 17, 2022

Cheng Cheng, Biostatistics Department, Comprehensive Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Nonparametric Failure Time Analysis: Thinking Out of the “Cox-Regression Box” in Genomic Applications
(Recorded Presentation)
Announcement and Bio

October 25, 2022

Bo Li, Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics, Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Statistics Methods for Climate Change and Sustainability” (Recorded Presentation)
Announcement and Bio


May 9, 2022

Jinfei ShengAssistant Professor of Finance, University of California, Irvine, Merage School of Business
Technology and Cryptocurrency Valuation: Evidence from Machine Learning” (Recorded Presentation)
Announcement and Bio

April 11, 2022
Todd Ogden, Professor of Biostatistics (in Psychiatry), Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
Analysis of Shape Data with Applications to Mitochondria” (Recorded Presentation)
Announcement and Bio

February 22, 2022
Katherine B. Ensor, Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics, Rice University and President, American Statistical Association
Community Analytics and the Value of University/City Partnerships” (Recorded Presentation)
Announcement and Bio



SFSN Presentations from Previous Years







SFSN Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn groups are coming soon! Also, stay tuned for links to an online forum for SFSN members, currently in development.




Please feel free to contact the board if you have questions about SFSN, or if we can assist you in any way.


  Dr. Ersen Arseven

PhD Statistics ’74

Statistical and Process Consultant

Nyack, NY

  Marcy Johnson

MS Statistics ’88

Director, Quantitative Research, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

MD Anderson Biostatistics Research

  Dr. Shane Reese

Ph.D Statistics ’99

Dean, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Brigham Young University

Provo, UT

  Scott Fincher

MS Statistics ’17

Data Scientist, KNIME

Austin, TX

  Dr. Brani Vidakovic

PhD Statistics (Purdue University) 1992

Head, Statistics Department, Texas A&M University

College Station, TX