The Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS) named Jianhua Huang, professor, holder of the Arseven/Mitchell Chair in Astronomical Statistics, and acting head, Department of Statistics, College of Science, as its associate director.
Huang will lead the educational activities of TAMIDS in association with the institute’s director, Nick Duffield. TAMIDS’ educational priorities are to work with A&M’s colleges to establish a master’s degree, certificates, and minors in data science and to develop short courses to make data science education more widely available on campus.
Huang received his doctorate in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997 and spent seven years as a faculty member at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, before coming to Texas A&M. He was promoted to full professor in 2008 and appointed to the Arseven/Mitchell Chair in 2017.
In recent years, Huang’s interests have focused on developing novel statistical methods for solving data-enabled research problems in collaboration with scientists and engineers. He has developed interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in several Texas A&M departments, including atmospheric sciences, biochemistry and biophysics, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, physics and astronomy, and veterinary integrative biosciences.