The Department of Statistics is pleased to welcome Prince Allotey, Emanuela Furfaro, and Armeen Taeb in their new positions!

Prince Allotey joined our department as an Assistant Teaching Professor over the summer. He completed his Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of Connecticut under the supervision of Professor Ofer Harel in 2022. Prior to joining UW, Allotey served as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Rhode Island. He loves to teach and enjoys working with students, helping them to use statistical techniques to solve and analyze real life data, and to critically read and interpret statistical results. His goals are to help students through their academic journey and help develop students for graduate school and the workplace. Coming to Seattle, Allotey looks forward to making new friends, continuing learning, and collaborating with incredible researchers.

Allotey’s research interests include spatial survival modeling, missing data methods, statistics education, and statistical consulting. In his applied work, Allotey uses statistical methodologies to solve real-life problems. He is also interested in helping faculty from other departments to apply statistical methodology to their work.

Allotey is currently a committee member of the Joint Statistical Meeting’s Diversity Workshop and Mentoring Program and serves as a moderator at events. He is also an active member of STATFEST and ENAR. Allotey is a strong advocate for educational equality and the advancement of equal representation amongst minorities in STEM. With his extensive mentoring experience at the undergraduate level, he plans to incorporate diversity in the classroom to help increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the mathematical sciences. He also aims to become a role model to these students. In his free time, Allotey enjoys playing and watching soccer.

Emanuela Furfaro will be joining our department as an Assistant Teaching Professor on January 1, 2023. She completed her Ph.D. in Statistics and Mathematical Finance at the University of Milano-Bicocca under the supervision of Professor Fulvia Mecatti in 2017. In January 2021, she moved to the University of California, Davis (UCD), where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor. Furfaro has been extensively engaged in teaching Data Science classes at UCD and her teaching style is characterized by a thoughtful approach to statistical pedagogy.

Furfaro’s research lies at the intersection of statistics and social sciences. Prior to joining UCD, she worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Catholic University of Milan on ego-centered support networks under the supervision of Professor Giulia Rivellini. At UCD, she joined the research group of Professor Fushing Hsieh, with whom she is working on the development of conditional entropy and mutual information based categorical exploratory data analysis and on expanding approaches on the study of gait analysis to tango dance movements.

Furfaro is excited to join the Department of Statistics at UW and to contribute to the growth of the statistics curriculum offered by the department and to promote the study of data science across different disciplines. She also looks forward to exploring Washington State through backpacking trips and camping, and to joining the vibrant dance community of Seattle.

Armeen Taeb joined our department as an Assistant Professor on September 16, 2022 after completing a two-year term as an ETH Foundations of Data Science (ETH-FDS) Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zürich. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at California Institute of Technology under the supervision of Professor Venkat Chandrasekaran in 2019.

Taeb’s work focuses on developing efficient methods for latent-variable modeling, learning causal relations from data, and for controlling for false discoveries in contemporary data analysis settings. He is also interested in exploring the utility of statistical methodologies for real-world applications such as water resource management and medical imaging. During his Ph.D. thesis, Taeb received the W.P. Carey & Co. Prize for outstanding dissertation in Applied Mathematics for his paper on “Latent-variable modeling: inference, algorithms, and applications”. In addition, because of his research on developing statistical models for the California reservoir system, he was awarded the Resnick Institute Fellowship for Sustainability Research.

“I look forward to joining the Department of Statistics and engaging with like-minded researchers who are focused on developing principled methodologies with real impact,” says Taeb. “I am also excited to interact with and learn from the excellent students in the department! Finally, I look forward to enjoying the beautiful nature in Seattle and going on many nice hikes.”