CoFES Prize in Computational Statistics

The Prize in Computational Statistics is supported by the Nancy M. and J. Thomas Eubank Research Excellence Fund in Computational Statistics. Awarded by the Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES), the prize recognizes outstanding contributions and innovation in modern computational, statistical and mathematical techniques that advance the field of quantitative finance and economic systems.


Katherine B. Ensor, Ph.D.
Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics
Director of CoFES (2002-Present)
Rice University

For foundational contributions to the fields of computational finance, statistics and time-series analysis

Dexter Senft
Managing Director (Retired)
Morgan Stanley

For foundational contributions to quantitative finance and meritorious service to higher education


Dennis D. Cox, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Statistics
Rice University

For path-breaking research in splines and nonparametric statistics, exceptional teaching and mentoring

James G. Disch, P.E.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus of Sport Management
Rice University

For excellence in research, teaching, and leadership in sports analytics

Robin C. Sickles, Ph.D.
Reginald Henry Hargrove Professor Emeritus of Economics and Statistics
Rice University

For leadership, path-breaking research, teaching, and mentoring in economics and statistics


John A. Dobelman, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice in Statistics
Director, Professional Master in Statistics (MStat)
Associate Director, CoFES (2011-Present)
Rice University

For the development of the highly successful MStat program with global reach, contributions to CoFES, and research in anti-efficient markets

Sheri Markose, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Essex

For integrative synthesis and data-driven leadership toward understanding systemic risk in global financial markets


David W. Scott, Ph.D.
Noah Harding Professor of Statistics
Rice University

For innovation in multivariate data-driven answers, exceptional leadership and service to statistics, and expert and compassionate mentoring of the next generation of statistical leaders


Edward E. Williams, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Statistics
Henry Gardiner Symonds Chair, Jones Graduate School of Business
Rice University

For service as a super teacher, example of being a successful and ethical businessman, fearless devotion to objective inferences based on facts, service to Rice University and the field of finance and entrepreneurship

Brian Domitrovic, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of History, Sam Houston State University
For his data-based analyses of various economic systems, explications of supply-side economics, and publications and presentations that have viewed economics not as a dismal science but as a bright one


James R. Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics, Rice University
For innovation and leadership in statistics and transforming portfolio design


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