Samuel Ackerman is a PhD student in the statistics department. He is most interested in research topics
involving statistical computation. Prior to coming to Temple, he worked for four years in economic research
at the Federal Reserve Board, studying industrial production and the Survey of Consumer Finances. While in
Washington DC, he also earned his MS in statistics at the George Washington University. To view more of his
current projects, please visit his website.
In 2007 I graduated from Kuwait University with a major of Computer Science. I worked at Alahli Bank of
Kuwait as developer from 2007 to 2008. I also worked at Almulla Engineering Group from 2008 to 2011. My
tasks in both positions were mainly software development and database maintenance. In 2011 I moved to the US
to pursue a degree in statistics. I finished my Master of Science in statistics from Virginia Tech in 2013.
I then joined the department of statistics at Temple University to pursue my Ph.D.
Scott Bruce is a PhD student at the Fox School in the Statistics department. He worked as a statistician at
Capital One for two and a half years before joining the PhD program at the Fox School in 2013. While working
with Capital One, Scott instructed summer courses in applied statistics for engineers and scientists at
Virginia Commonwealth University. Scott earned a BS in industrial and systems engineering and a MS in
statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010.
Patrick Coyle is a Ph.D. student in the Statistics department at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
A native of the greater Philadelphia area, Patrick attained a B.S. in mathematics from the University of
Pittsburgh in 2011. Patrick’s goal is to offer statistical expertise to public health and public policy
My research is focused on multiple comparisons and group sequential designs. In the last two years, I have
been intensively working under my thesis advisor Professor S.K. Sarkar on how to better utilize correlations
of test statistics. That is, to improve power while still maintaining the family-wise error rate. We have
recently submitted a paper on improving Holm’s method utilizing pairwise dependencies. Another manuscript on
a group sequential step up procedure has been drafted, currently under revision. I am fortunate that I have
the opportunity, as a statistical consultant, to apply some of my research expertise in the real world
clinical trials projects.
Lucas has his MS in biostatistics from Drexel University and is currently a PhD candidate in statistics at
Temple University. Lucas Glass is a consulting data scientist for IMS Health. In this role, Lucas works to
maximize the predictive accuracy of algorithms within the IMS suite of clinical development data and tools.
Before working with IMS, Lucas worked as a statistician at the United States Department of Justice
developing causation models for pharmaceutical false claims act litigation.
Xiaoling Hou is a part-time PhD student in the statistics department and a full-time biostatistician at
Biostatistics Analysis Center (BAC) of Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania. Before
joining the BAC, she served for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/Westat Biostatistics and Data Management
Core as a biostatistician/statistical programmer for 4 years on several studies in the field of pediatric
medicine. She has good knowledge of clinical data management practices and extensive experience in data
analysis, applications development and testing, reporting, and modeling. Currently, she is working on
collaborative projects involving interstitial cystitis and testosterone trial. Her research interests are in
functional data analysis, state space model and clustering.
Hang Kim is a Ph.D. student in Statistics. He works under Dr. Wei in time series analysis. He earned his B.S.
in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania with Cum Laude, and a M.A. in
Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University.
Lu Li is a part-time PhD student in the statistics department and a full-time consultant at Towers Watson’s
North American Pricing and Product Management team, with a focus in predictive analytics. Lu has experience
in developing and implementing statistical models to solve various business challenges including
profitability, marketing strategy and operational optimization. She has worked with clients from Europe and
North America to maximize the use of their available data. Lu is a member of the American Academy of
Actuaries and a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
I am the first year PhD student in Statistics. I obtained my B.S degree in Electrical Engineering, minor in
Economics from Central South University of Forestry and Technology. I came to United States at 2010 and
gained M.S in Electrical Engineering 2012 and M.S in Biostatistics 2013. Before came to Temple, I did my
internship as a Biostatistician at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Fang Lu is a part-time PhD student while working as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry. She earned
a Master’s degree in Statistics from Rutgers University and has been playing a statistical lead role in the
design, analysis, and reporting of many clinical studies. She joined Temple for advanced training in
theoretical and applied statistics in order to help more patients receive better treatments.
Richard Nair’s education includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point, an MBA at Penn State Great Valley, a Master’s Degree in Applied Statistics from
Villanova, Six Sigma training at GE, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He is
developing an interest in big data, which he intends to apply in the fields Commercial Analytics and
I am a PhD student at the Department of Statistics, Fox School of Business since Fall 2014. I completed my
Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Statistics in 2012 from Presidency College, Kolkata, under the
University of Calcutta, India. I obtained my Master of Science degree in Statistics from the same university
in 2014. My primary research interests include topics on statistical computation and time series
Almabrouk Alsharef Omar
I’m currently a PhD student at Temple University in statistics. I was born in Tarhuna, 50 miles southeast of
Tripoli, the capital of Libya. My family moved to Tripoli when I was in the third grade. I graduated from
Tripoli University in Libya with a Bachelor’s degree in statistics. In 2002, I got a master’s degree in
business administration from the Higher Studies Academy, Tripoli-Libya. I moved to Pennsylvania in 2012. Two
years later, I got a master’s degree in statistics from Temple University. I had taught high school students
for 15 years and undergraduate students for the last 3 years before I came to the U.S. I am a coauthor of
two high school textbooks. In 2007, I had an educational TV program on Libyan TV for 40 half-hour
I am Andres Perez, a student in the Ph.D. Statistics program at Temple University. I was born and raised in
Ecuador but moved to the USA to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics at Villanova University, where I
also did a Masters in Science in Applied Statistics. After my Masters, I began to work for a Dutch financial
services company for their risk modelling department. In parallel, I did the coursework for my Ph.D. from
Fall 2011 – Fall 2014. My research interest is in Machine Learning and Data Mining, which is the area where
I am looking for a dissertation topic. I have now founded my own company which offers Analytical Consulting
services. I hope to be able to have access to various new data sources and practical industry problems where
I might be able to gain some inspiration for more research opportunities.
Michael Declan Power is a first year PhD student in the Department of Statistics at Temple University.
A native of Philadelphia, Michael completed his bachelor’s in mathematics at Temple in 2011 and then his master’s in mathematics at Villanova in 2016. While at Villanova, he served as a teaching assistant within
the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Lauren is a PhD student in the Statistics department in the Fox School of Business and Management. Before
attending graduate school, she received a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Muhlenberg College in
Allentown, PA. Her general research area is in survival analysis and high dimensional data, with a specific
focus on handling non-proportional hazards in gene expression microarrays. Her co-advisors are Dr. Cheng
Yong Tang at Temple University and Dr. Karthik Devarajan at Fox Chase Cancer Research Center. On top of her
research, she works as a consultant for the Center for Statistical Analysis. She also has three years of
experience teaching various undergraduate courses in statistics and mathematics.
Aaron Wade is a 1st year Ph.D. student within the Statistical Science department of the Fox School of Business and Management.
Originally from San Diego, California, he relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 5 years ago while employed as the Director of
Operations of a graphics & design company. While in Pittsburgh he decided to return to school and, in 2016, earned a Bachelor’s
degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from California University of Pennsylvania. California University,
also, awarded him with the Presidential Scholar Award. Before returning to school Aaron worked within the apparel industry for
10+ years heading departments such as Logistics, Production, Sourcing,& Operations. Currently his research interests are
focused in Statistical Decision Theory and Conjoint Analysis.
Before attending Temple, Qi Xia achieved a Master’s degree of Science – Financial Engineering at University
of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in Finance at Zhejiang University of Technology, China. Her
primary interests are in data mining, time series analysis and financial statistics modeling.
I am a part time PhD student and working at Merck as a statistician. I have much statistical and engineering
knowledge and background. My research interests is Experiment Design, Mixed Modeling, Parallel Testing and
Bayesian Theory. I passed PhD qualification exam and proposal exam at Temple University and I will have a
PhD defense soon. My PhD proposal got First Prize of PhD Proposal at Fox Business School in 2014. Any
potential opportunity is welcome.
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