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Directors, On-Campus MS Program

Jeff Gill Distinguished Professor SPA - Government

Jeff Gill is Distinguished Professor of Government and of Mathematics & Statistics. He is also a member of the Center for Neuroscience and Behavior and the inaugural Director at SPA's

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Elizabeth Malloy Professor and Director of the Data Science Programs CAS - Math and Statistics

I am an applied statistician with a primary focus in biostatistics. My main interest is in applications to occupational and environmental health settings, although I have had the privilege of working

  (202) 885-3614

Director, Online MS Program

Maria Barouti Senior Professorial Lecturer & Director of Online Programs in Data Science CAS - Math and Statistics

Maria Barouti is a Machine Learning educator, with teaching experience in Data Science courses such as Statistical Machine Learning, Regression, Programing in R and Data Science Applications. Also, sh

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Research Notes

Please find more at Faculty Research.

William H Wilson, Peter W Chung, Zois Boukouvalas, & Moritz Elan (2022, December), Application of machine learning and artificial intelligence methods to energetics science and technologyEnergetics Science and Technology, IOP Publishing, Book Chapter. 

Casey CP, Hartings MR, Knapp MA, Malloy EJ, and Knee KL. (2022). Characterizing the association between oil and gas development and water quality at a regional scale. Freshwater Science, 41:236-252.

Confirmation of the Low Glutamate Diet as a Treatment for Gulf War Illness

  • PI: Kathleen Holton
    Investigator: Michael Baron
  • $6,370,661 from US Department of Defense, ending 2025

Effects of Age and Lesion Location on Motor, Cognitive, and Behavioral Outcomes in Pediatric Posterior Fossa Patients

  • PI: Catherine Stoodley
    Investigator/Statistician: Elizabeth Malloy
  • $396,041 from National Cancer Institute, ending 2025

Data Science Faculty

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Michael Alonzo Asst Professor CAS - Environmental Science

I use satellite and drone imagery (plus other geospatial tools) to study forests and land cover change, mostly in urban or boreal domains. Current or recent projects include: 1) Urban trees and coolin

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Valentina Aquila Asst Professor CAS - Environmental Science

I am an atmospheric scientist focused on the role of aerosols in the climate system. My main focus is stratospheric aerosol, mostly from volcanic eruptions but also from pollution, forest fires, and g

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Francis Armour Asst Professor KSB - Information Technology

Dr Armour is an assistant professor of information technology at the Kogod School of Business, American University and is the faculty program director for the MS in Analytics degree program.. He recei

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Zois Boukouvalas Asst Professor CAS - Math and Statistics

Dr. Boukouvalas' research focuses on the development of interpretable machine learning models and algorithms for the analysis of big multi-modal data, by combining aspects from information geometry, m

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Donna Dietz Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Math and Statistics

Dr. Dietz completed her Master's degree at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and her PhD at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York. She has taught Mathematics and Computer Science i

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J. Alberto Espinosa Professor KSB - Information Technology

Prof. Espinosa is a Full Professor of Information Technology and Analytics at Kogod School of Business, American University. He holds Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in Information Systems from th

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Jessica Gephart Asst Professor CAS - Environmental Science

Jessica Gephart is an environmental scientist focused on the role of global seafood trade in sustainable and resilient food systems. Her research falls into three main areas: 1) the environmental impa

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Jeff Gill Distinguished Professor SPA - Government

Jeff Gill is Distinguished Professor of Government and of Mathematics & Statistics. He is also a member of the Center for Neuroscience and Behavior and the inaugural Director at SPA's

  (202) 885-6275

Mary Gray Distinguished Professor CAS - Math and Statistics

A statistician and lawyer, Professor Gray’s areas of research include applications of statistics to human rights, economic equity, legal issues, and education. She is the founder of the Association fo

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Nathalie Japkowicz Professor and Department Chair, Computer Science CAS - Computer Science

Nathalie Japkowicz is a Professor of Computer Science at American University. She was previously with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa where she le

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Jun Lu Assoc Professor CAS - Math and Statistics

Jun Lu got his Bachelor's degree in statistics from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China, his hometown. he then went to University of Missouri-Columbia, from where he received his Ph.D. in

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Ryan Moore Assoc Professor SPA - Government

Ryan T. Moore is associate professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs. His research interests include statistical methods, especially for causal inference, American politics, and the poli

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John Nolan Prof Emeritus

Prof. Nolan has taught at the University of Zambia (in Africa), and Kenyon College (in Ohio), and worked in a software company before coming to American University. His main research interests are in

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Mohammad Owrang Ojaboni Professor CAS - Computer Science

M. Mehdi Owrang is currently a professor of Computer Science in the department of Computer Science at American University in Washington, DC. Dr. Owrang has received his MS and PhD degrees in Computer

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Richard Ressler Sr Professorial Lecturer and Associate Director of the Data Science Programs CAS - Math and Statistics

I joined the Mathematics and Statistics Department in 2019 after over 20 years in the strategy and technology consulting industry and a previous 20 years as an officer in the US Army. I enjoy teaching

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Sauleh Siddiqui Professor CAS - Environmental Science

Sauleh Siddiqui is a Professor of Environmental Science with an affiliation with the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at American University and a Research Fellow at the German Economic Research

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Jay Simon Assoc Professor KSB - Information Technology

Dr. Simon joined the Kogod faculty in 2015. He was previously a faculty member of the Naval Postgraduate School. His research is in decision analysis. His main research focus is multi-attribute prefer

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Bei Xiao Assoc Professor CAS - Computer Science

Dr. Bei Xiao's research focuses on how the human visual system estimate physical and functional properties of objects in our surroundings. Another focus of her research is to apply results from human

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Thomas Zeitzoff Assoc Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Thomas Zeitzoff (NYU PhD, 2013) is an associate professor in the Schoolof Public Affairs at American University. He was previously a postdoctoral