Andrea Montanari has been named the Robert and Barbara Kleist Professor in the School of Engineering, and the Department of Statistics joins in congratulating him on this well-deserved honor. The Kleist Professorship was endowed in 1997 to honor a faculty member teaching and conducting research in information systems technology. Andrea is recognized as a leader in the area of analyzing and optimizing large-scale random structures and his work spans several disciplines, including statistics, computer science, information theory, and machine learning. Andrea’s students praise him as a teacher and advisor: for his mentorship, his generosity of time, and his ability to foster a stimulating research atmosphere.
This laurel tops off last year's many accomplishments: Andrea was awarded the Le Cam Prize of the French Statistical Society, was elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and received invitations to speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians and the Bernoulli-IMS World Congress.