Statistics professor named institute fellow

Professor of Statistics Victor Patrangenaru has been named a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

A Florida State University professor has been named a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

Professor of Statistics Victor Patrangenaru, who joined FSU in 2006, received the honor from the institute, which was founded in the 1930s and is dedicated to fostering the development and dissemination of theory and applications of statistics and probability.

Fellows have demonstrated a commitment to independent research in statistics or probability studies and are considered well-established leaders in the field. They also must be members of IMS.

Patrangenaru is the first IMS fellow from FSU in more than a decade.

“This means to me that after a drought period of a decade or more of new IMF Fellows in our department, the importance of mathematical statistics in our graduate program curriculum will regain its deserved fundamental place in the education of a young generation of Floridians and other students,” Patrangenaru said. “It also will help develop a solid mathematical foundation in FSU data science research.”

Patrangenaru joined the FSU faculty in 2006 as an associate professor of statistics after holding positions at Georgia State University and Texas Tech University. He was promoted to full professor in 2010.

His research focuses on applications of statistics and geometry to medical imaging, 3D scene recognition, proteomics and phylogenetic data analysis.

Xufeng Niu, chair of the Department of Statistics, said members of the department were proud of their colleague for being named an IMS fellow.

“Victor Patrangenaru is an established leader in the field of mathematical statistics and object data analysis,” Niu said. “I am very proud of Vic’s achievements and congratulate him on this prestigious honor.”