Matthew Pratola, Assistant Professor of Statistics, and his collaborators won the 2018 Wilcoxon Award for the best application paper in Technometrics. Technometrics is a journal of statistics for the Physical, Chemical and Engineering Sciences, and is published quarterly by the American Society for Quality and the American Statistical Association. This award is named in honor of the late Frank Wilcoxon who began his career as a chemist and later developed an interest in statistics. He is considered an outstanding example of an industrial statistician whose work was inspired by real problems in the chemical industry.
Pratola’s paper was titled “Design and Analysis of Experiments on Nonconvex Regions" and appeared in the February 2017 issue of Technometrics. It develops a new method for selecting design points over nonconvex regions that is based on the application of multidimensional scaling to the geodesic distance. This was the second time that Pratola received thie Wilconxin award. In 2013, he and his co-authors won this award for their paper “Fast Sequential Computer Model Calibration of Large Nonstationary Spatial-Temporal Processes”.
Recently, Pratola also received a grant through the KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) CRG (competitive research grant) program with his collaborators Yin Sun (KAUST) and Brian Reich (NC State). This project is titled "An Advanced Spatio-temporal Statistical Methodology for Impact Studies on Air Quality and Renewable Energy."
Congratulations on these incredible achievements, Matt!