Congratulations to Fang Han and Alex Luedtke, core faculty members in the Department of Statistics who received promotions to new appointments, effective September 16, 2021.
Promoted to Associate Professor
Dr. Fang Han is a core faculty member in the Department of Statistics, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Economics, and an affiliate investigator in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Biostatistics of John Hopkins University. Prior to joining the University of Washington, Dr. Han held a Visiting Assistant Professor also in the Department of Biostatistics of John Hopkins University.
Dr. Han has a very productive and impactful research program that spans a diverse set of areas, including rank- and graph-based methods, nonparametric and semiparametric regressions, hierarchical models, time series analysis, optimal transport theory, and random matrix theory. His statistical work is also being used in the analysis of single-cell sequencing data and wearable medical device data.
Dr. Han’s research is highly regarded by his peers. He was recently selected as one of the recipients of the 2021 Bernoulli Society New Research Award, which recognizes the work of outstanding young researchers in field of Mathematical Statistics and Probability. He has published 45 peer reviewed papers. Most of his works have been published in first rate statistics, economics, information theory, and probability journals, including the Annals of Statistics, Journal of Royal Statistical Society Series B, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrika, Journal of Econometrics, the Annals of Applied Statistics, Bernoulli, Electronic Journal of Probability, the Journal of Theoretical Probability, and Electronic Journal of Statistics. He has also given 36 seminars at academic departments, both domestically and globally, as well as 12 presentations in conferences or workshops. Dr. Han’s research receives consistent support; he is currently involved in four externally-funded research projects, including two collaborative projects and two single PI projects that are NSF funded.
Promoted to Associate Professor
Dr. Alex Luedtke is a core faculty member in the Department of Statistics, an adjunct faculty in the Department of Biostatistics, and an affiliate investigator in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He earned his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the University of Washington, Dr. Luedke held an Assistant Member appointment at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Dr. Luedtke’s research spans the full range of theory, methodology and applications of statistics, and has been deeply impactful in all three areas. His interests include causal inference, learning optimal statistical procedures via non-convex optimization, learning and evaluation of individualized treatment rules, and vaccine research. He is deeply involved in infectious disease research, and currently serves as lead statistician for a Covid-19 vaccine efficacy trial and two HIV vaccine efficacy trials.
Dr. Luedtke has a total of 45 peer-reviewed papers, either out or in press. His work has been published in the best statistical journals (Journal of the American Statistical Association, Annals of Statistics, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B, Biostatistics), as well as high impact substantive journals (New England Journal of Medicine, Epidemiology, American Journal of Epidemiology, JAMA Psychiatry). His research is also very well funded, having received the Director’s New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Machine Learning Research Award from Amazon, as well as two NIH subawards for his HIV vaccine work. He is a sought-after speaker, having made 33 presentations at national and international venues over the last 5 years. Finally, Dr. Luedtke is a co-recipient of the 2019 Statistical Partnerships Among Academe, Industry and Government (SPAIG) Award from the American Statistical Association as a member of the partnership between Fred Hutch, UW, and Sanofi-Pasteur.