Naveen Narisetty has come a long way to join the Department of Statistics as an assistant professor. Born in a small village in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, he was the first in his family to go to college when he attended the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
He came to America for graduate school, and earlier this year, he earned his doctoral degree in statistics from the University of Michigan. Narisetty won several prestigious awards during his time as a graduate student in Ann Arbor, including a Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellowship and an Excellence in Teaching Award. He was also influenced by his advisors, Xuming He and Vijay Nair, both professors of statistics at Michigan. Xuming had previously served as a professor at Illinois for 18 years.
While in Ann Arbor, Narisetty led the non-profit organization AID India to try to improve societal and economic problems that he witnessed while he was growing up.
Narisetty’s areas of academic interest include Bayesian methodology and computation, data depth, high dimensional data analysis, large-scale computer models, and quantile-based inference. He’s also interested in interdisciplinary research in atmospheric science, genetics, and public health.
“I chose to be part of U of I in spite of many other offers because of the exceptionally strong academic and research environment across disciplines, including statistics as well as all the sciences and engineering, which is essential to be a complete statistician,” Narisetty said. “As a faculty here, I look forward to working on statistical problems as much as collaborating with researchers from other fields and interactions with students.”
Naveen was one of several new faculty featured by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.