Professor/Dept. of Mathematics; Director of Statistical Research & Education/BIO5 Institute

Walter Piegorsch

Walter W. Piegorsch is the Director of Statistical Research & Education at the University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute. He is also a Professor of Mathematics, a Professor of Public Health, a Member and former Chair of the University’s Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) in Statistics, and he holds accreditation as a Professional Statistician (PStat) from the American Statistical Association. Dr. Piegorsch’s research focuses on data science for biomedical and environmental problems, with emphasis on informatics in risk assessment and precision medicine. He has been supported via external funding for this work by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His interests also include data analytics in public health risk assessment, including geo-spatially referenced disaster informatics, multiple/simultaneous inferences for toxicological and genetic endpoints, and the historical development of statistical thought as prompted by problems in the biological and environmental sciences. Dr. Piegorsch has held a number of professional positions, including Chairman of the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics & the Environment (2004); Vice-Chair of the American Statistical Association Council of Sections Governing Board (1997-1999), and election to the Council of the International Biometric Society (2002-2005). Since 2010 he has served as Editor-in-Chief of Environmetrics, and since 2014 as a Founding Editor for the online encyclopedia WileyStatsRef: Statistics Reference Online. He also has served as Joint-Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association (Theory & Methods Section), the flagship journal of the association; as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Environmetrics, 2nd Edition, published in 2012 by John Wiley & Sons; and as a member of many journal editorial boards, including Environmental and Ecological Statistics, Environmetrics, Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, Mutation Research, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, and Biometrics. Dr. Piegorsch has been honored as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (1995), a Member (by Election, 1995) of the International Statistical Institute, and has received the Distinguished Achievement Medal of the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics and the Environment (1993), and the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation Research Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (2000).  Interests include Machine Learning and Data Science Literacy.


Educational Background:

Ph.D. Statistics, Cornell University, 1984
M.S. Statistics, Cornell University, 1982
B.A. Mathematics, Colgate University, 1979