Cornell alumna Yan Yu (PhD Statistics ’00) has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, credited “for influential contributions to the theory and practice of semiparametric methods; especially on single-index models and penalized splines; for outstanding statistical applications in finance and marketing; for notable contributions to the teaching of business statistics and excellence in mentoring; and for service to the profession”.
She will be honored at an award ceremony during the Joint Statistical Meetings award held in Vancouver this summer. Dr. Yu is currently the Joseph S. Stern Professor of Business Analytics at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati.
As a Cornell Statistics PhD candidate, Dr. Yu was advised by David Ruppert. She also minored in finance. Following her education at Cornell, Dr. Yu joined the University of Cincinnati and has been a full professor of Business Analytics since 2011. She won the Westerbeck Faculty Graduate Teaching Award and Faculty-to-Faculty Research Mentoring Award. She is a frequent speaker at academic institutions and professional conferences and has served as an associate editor for Journal of the American Statistical Association and Statistica Sinica, the leading journals in Statistics. Her research interests include nonparametric estimation, statistical finance, and data mining.